Nutrition for Women, Part 3: Menopause and Beyond - CHES108

Nutrition for Women, Part 3: Menopause and Beyond

by Dale Ames Kline, MS, RD, LD and Katie M. Dodd, MS, RD, CSG, LD
(4.3 / 76 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Health Education (10.00 CECH)

Price: $129.00
CE-PRO Price: $64.50


What does successful aging mean for women? As the life expectancy of women has increased, so has the knowledge of how to effectively support health and longevity in older women. Many women wonder whether diet and exercise can offset the challenge of estrogen deficiency. Each plays a crucial role in successful aging, which maximizes longevity and minimizes premature disease, disability, and dysfunction. Health professionals need to understand and help their elder female clients modify diet, exercise, and lifestyle activities to achieve and maintain independence and successful aging. The aging process; death and disease patterns; biology of aging; physiology of menopause; weight management after menopause; heart disease; osteoporosis; osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis; Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia, and cognitive function; the frail elderly; and exercise for postmenopausal women will be discussed.


The goal of this course is to explore the current dietary recommendations related to menopause and the years beyond, and examine the scientific evidence, which provides the underlying rationale for those guidelines. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Distinguish between the terms “usual aging” and “successful aging” and identify the major nutritional factors that are associated with successful aging.
  • Explain the relationship of body mass index to mortality in older adults.
  • Identify age-related changes in physiological systems, including gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, endocrine, and immune systems.
  • Discuss the physiology of menopause and its influence on hormone levels.
  • Answer the frequently asked question: “Does menopause cause weight gain?”
  • Describe the effect of menopause on fat distribution and metabolic syndrome.
  • Identify the nutritional factors associated with primary and secondary prevention of coronary heart disease and the alterations in lipid levels that are likely to occur in postmenopausal women.
  • Summarize the current scientific literature regarding calcium supplementation, vitamin D supplementation, and the role of estrogen replacement in slowing and/or restoring bone mass loss in postmenopausal women and preventing fractures.
  • Describe the nutritional factors associated with osteoarthritis and discuss the single most important preventive factor for osteoarthritis of the knee.
  • Describe the nutritional issues, particularly those associated with B vitamins and antioxidants, associated with Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.
  • Compare and contrast the nutritional issues of the frail elderly, considering both those living in the community and residents of a facility.
  • Identify the nutrition screening and assessment tools available for use with older women and demonstrate their use.
  • Summarize the literature regarding the effect of physical activity in the elderly and the effect on falls, and discuss the current physical activity guidelines for older adults.
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Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians, health educators, and fitness professionals.
Health educators: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, a Relias LLC company, 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 10.0 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.

Course Originally Released on: 3/1/2009
Date of Most Recent Review: 11/6/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 11/6/2022

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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Joleen M - Harrisonburg, VA  ·  Sep 01, 2019
Very interesting information about getting older and what influences a bad or good quality of life
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Regina J - Suffolk, VA  ·  Jul 31, 2019
A lot of detailed information but it is in a user friendly format
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Marcy T - Omaha, NE  ·  Apr 09, 2018
It did a great job of explaining the changes in the body due to aging and how we can counteract some of the challenges with diet and exercise.
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Aisha Y - Starkville, MS  ·  Sep 28, 2016
I enjoyed this course.
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MARTHA B - TUCKER, GA  ·  Sep 05, 2016
The wording of the questions of this test SUCKED. There's no reason I should have had to dig for answers that were obscure and for question 30, restrained eating as a phrase is not mentioned ANYWHERE in the text. Very annoyed at trying to dig for answers on this module.
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Price: $129.00
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