Folic Acid: The Hope for the Future - CMEZ208-60

Folic Acid: The Hope for the Future

by Julie Stefanski, MEd, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CDE, FAND
(4.6 / 114 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Medicine (1.00 Credits)
Physician (1.00 Credits)

Price: $15.00
CE-PRO Price: $7.50


Today about 3,000 American babies a year are born with neural tube defects, a 25% drop since 1995. This reduction is attributed to folic acid food fortification and the push to have all women of childbearing age take folic acid supplements regularly. Yet only half of women of childbearing age take this supplement. Healthcare providers should educate these women about the importance of taking folic acid supplements before they become pregnant as well as during early pregnancy, when the neural tube forms. Folic acid also appears to have a beneficial effect on other diseases and disorders, such as cardiovascular disease and autism.


The goal of this continuing education program is to give dietitians, dietary managers, school nutritionists, EMTs and paramedics, fitness professionals, health educators, nurses, and physicians an overview of the benefits of dietary folate and folic acid supplementation in the prevention of neural tube defects and other health problems.
The content in this course is applicable to dietitians, certified dietary managers, school nutritionists, EMTs and paramedics, fitness professionals, health educators, nurses, and physicians. After taking this course, you should be able to:
  • Define neural tube defects and their effects.
  • Describe three or more ways to increase the serum folate level in women of childbearing age.
  • Identify at least four health problems that are reduced by adequate folate intake. 
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses and dietitians.
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Jointly Accredited Provider logoIn support of improving patient care, OnCourse Learning (a Relias LLC company) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Relias LLC is also approved by the Florida Board of Medicine, Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine, and Florida Physician Assistants (provider # 50-1489).
Physician Continuing Education Credit
OnCourse Learning designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Physician Assistant Continuing Education Credit
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.0 hour of Category I credit for completing this program.
There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.

Course Originally Released on: 2/5/2020
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/5/2020
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/28/2023

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.

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Mari T - Slidell, LA  ·  Apr 06, 2020
Great information and insightful information.
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TINA P - Shreveport, LA  ·  Mar 21, 2020
Informative and a good refresher course
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Tonya P - Ellinwood, KS  ·  Mar 21, 2020
Very informative, easy to learn.
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Patricia P - Cherry Valley, NY  ·  Mar 16, 2020
good information, review and insight
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Maylee B - Lakeland, FL  ·  Mar 11, 2020
good information, especially for young women
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Price: $15.00
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