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.
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.
Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, 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.
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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.