Popular Weight-Loss Programs and Products - CHES31

Popular Weight-Loss Programs and Products

Can They Promote Weight Loss and Sustainable Weight-Loss Maintenance?

by Sonja Goedkoop, MSPH, RD, LDN
(4.5 / 45 ratings )

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

Price: $39.00
CE-PRO Price: $19.50


What do you tell clients when they ask you about the latest weight-loss product or plan? How do you evaluate these items? Are they safe? New weight-loss programs, products and supplements continuously hit the marketplace. It is important for healthcare professionals to provide knowledgeable, professional advice on the selection and use of these products. This course describes key guidelines for evaluating weight-loss programs and plans. It presents pertinent information on popular programs, non-profit support programs, meal replacement products and OTC diet aids. It identifies useful resources necessary for the well-informed healthcare professional to vet what promises to be an endless supply of new products introduced into the marketplace.


The goal of this weight-loss program continuing education course is to provide registered dietitian nutritionists, health educators, occupational therapists and pharmacists with useful, general guidelines for evaluating weight-loss programs, books and products. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the nine key questions important for evaluating weight-loss programs, books and products
  • Respond knowledgeably to client inquiries concerning popular commercial weight-loss plans and products
  • Identify resources for accessing current and accurate information to evaluate the latest weight-loss programs, products and books

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians, health educators, occupational therapists, and pharmacists.
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 ContinuingEducation.com or Nurse.com/CE. If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at CEDirect.ContinuingEducation.com 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: 3/16/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/10/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 6/30/2020

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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Laura S - Union City, CA  ·  Mar 08, 2020
very good but due for updating of newer fad diets
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Tina D - Columbia, SC  ·  Jul 01, 2019
Overall, a great summary of the various diet plans available to consumers. I was curious as to why the Mediterranean Diet/eating plan or the Paleo diet was not included in this list.
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Melanie M - GLOUCESTER, VA  ·  Feb 21, 2019
Very interesting the way it breaks down the different programs and what they offer.
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Mary C - Fort Worth, TX  ·  Dec 28, 2018
Informative and well organized
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Sheri M - Omaha, NE  ·  Dec 28, 2017
Very informative educational offering
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Price: $39.00
CE-PRO Price: $19.50