Phytochemicals  - CHES26


Their Role in Health Maintenance

by Dale Ames Kline, MS, RD, LD and Sarah K. Waybright, MS, RD, LD
(4.8 / 16 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Health Education (1.50 CECH)

Price: $30.00
CE-PRO Price: $15.00


For more than 30 years, evidence has accumulated to show that those who consume more fruits and vegetables on a regular basis have a lower incidence of certain cancers and other medical disorders. It has become clear that plants themselves contain a diversity of substances that may be protective against heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, cataracts, arthritis, scurvy and many other medical conditions. Collectively, the compounds found in plants that may protect against these conditions are called phytochemicals. Supplementing individual phytochemicals or nutrients has not been shown to be effective. Increasing intake of fruits, vegetables and whole grains is effective in promoting health and decreasing disease.


The goal of this phytochemical continuing education program is to provide dietitians with knowledge about phytochemicals and their role in the maintenance of good health. After studying the information presented here, the learner will be able to:
  • Discuss the various types of phytochemicals and their evolving role in nutrition
  • Identify the various foods that are rich in phytochemicals and antioxidants, and explain the mechanisms of action for the various groups of phytochemicals
  • Educate patients on how to incorporate antioxidants and phytochemicals into a healthy diet.

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians and health educators.
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 or 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 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 1.5 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: 9/5/2014
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/5/2014
Course Termination/Update Date: 9/30/2019

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning 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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Amanda C - Omaha, NE  ·  May 29, 2014
thank you. this will be great for educating my future patients in regards to phytochemicals.
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Katherine P - Lattingtown, NY  ·  Apr 10, 2014
The reviews the facts about phytochemicals and provides an extensive list of the food sources.
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KIMBERLEY G - Kearney, NE  ·  Mar 24, 2014
I found it very interesting.
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Timothy G - Tomah, WI  ·  Apr 25, 2013
Really enjoy video w/documentation
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Linda H - Littleton, CO  ·  Sep 30, 2012
Very information -- will be helpful in my job as a telephonic disease mgmt RN.
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