More than two-thirds of adults in the U.S., an estimated 149 million people, are overweight or obese. As healthcare professionals of various disciplines, we encounter overweight and obese patients in many settings, and we don’t have to be experts to make an impact. Conversations of five minutes or less can contribute to changing eating behaviors of our patients. People listen to their healthcare providers: One study showed that patients who are counseled to lose weight by a healthcare professional are three times more likely to try to do so than those who do not receive such counseling.
The goal of this program is to empower nurses, dietitians, dietary managers, school nutritionists, fitness professionals, health educators, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physicians and radiologic technologists to help themselves or help patients evaluate dietary recommendations and make lifestyle changes to better manage their weight. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Describe the prevalence and effects of overweight and obesity in the U.S.
- Discuss how diet and exercise contribute to weight management
- List four traits shared by those who have maintained weight loss
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, dietitians, fitness professionals, health educators, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physicians, and radiologic technologists.
Health educators: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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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 1.0 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.
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Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.