Dietary Fiber and Cholesterol Reduction - CHES06

Dietary Fiber and Cholesterol Reduction

by Sarah K. Waybright, MS, RD, LD
(4.5 / 106 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Health Education (2.00 CECH)

Price: $39.00
CE-PRO Price: $19.50


Plant foods are a hot topic again, this time for the protective benefits of their fiber. We know that plant foods are low in calories and rich in micronutrients and phytochemicals, encourage satiety, and “keep us regular.” Increasing evidence shows that dietary fiber (both soluble and insoluble) plays a multifactorial role in the battle against the No. 1 cause of death worldwide: cardiovascular disease. Yet the majority of Americans consume less than half the recommended intake and do not understand the importance of dietary fiber to health. This course explains the health benefits of fiber, offering healthcare practitioners the opportunity to encourage their patients and clients to increase their intake of fiber-rich plant foods.


The goal of this continuing education course is to inform and update registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) and other healthcare professionals about the role dietary fiber plays in cholesterol reduction and the prevention of heart disease.
After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Explain three ways dietary fiber may protect against cardiovascular disease (CVD).
  • Describe the predominant way that viscous fibers are thought to lower serum cholesterol.
  • List the Adequate Intake levels for dietary fiber for adult men and women.

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians, athletic trainers, health educators, and fitness professionals.
Health educators: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Sponsored by Relias LLC, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 2.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours.
Provider ID: CA0084 (98709) for 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015, 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019, 1133776 for 01/01/2020 to 12/31/2023.

Course Originally Released on: 3/1/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 4/13/2017
Course Termination/Update Date: 4/13/2020

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Sandra L - Kapolei, HI  ·  Jan 21, 2020
good information. I think this course improved my understanding about dietary fiber.
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Karen M - Medford, NJ  ·  Jul 21, 2019
Test was somewhat difficult
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Jennifer B - Cedar Rapids, IA  ·  Jun 24, 2019
Thankful for CEU's online
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Tina D - Columbia, SC  ·  May 03, 2019
I loved the science involved in this course and the discussion of the various studies demonstrating the impact and benefits of cholesterol. The test was tough so definitely take great notes throughout the course. GREAT WEB RESOURCES AT THE END OF THE COURSE THAT I HAVE ALREADY SAVED TO MY REFERENCE FOLDER!
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FRANCES R - Athens, GA  ·  Apr 09, 2019
Great resource. This will be very helpful in teaching patients with high LDL some ideas for diet choices. Many have side effects from medications and would rather alter diet.
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Price: $39.00
CE-PRO Price: $19.50