What we eat every day is critical to our health, and ensuring an adequate diet is paramount for health and longevity. This course will provide practitioners the tools to accomplish this approach with clients, patients, family and friends; focus on what needs to be in the diet, while including other newly emerging concepts, such as the importance of genetics in determining individual nutritional needs; adipose tissue as an endocrine organ producing regulatory substances; obesity as a chronic inflammatory condition leading to chronic disease; the prevalence of widespread vitamin D deficiency in people living in northern latitudes; the lack of data supporting the value of vitamin, mineral and antioxidant supplements for disease prevention; and the importance of a sensible, balanced diet as the bedrock of good health.
The goal of this nutrition for women continuing education course is to explore what women are eating and the types of diets that can meet their needs and decrease their risk for disease. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Explain the relationship of adipose tissue to chronic disease
- Discuss the rationale for increasing the Dietary Reference Intake for vitamin D
- Explain how leptin may control food intake
- Describe the problems associated with weight-loss drugs
- List three components of the immune system
- Explain how nutritional deficiencies can alter immune function
- Define trans, omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, and make recommendations for increasing or decreasing them in the diet
- Discuss the pros and cons of LDL- and HDL-cholesterol
- List three antioxidants, and explain how they work
- Identify sources of five phytochemicals, and describe their mechanism of action
- List three risk factors for heart disease in women and four dietary strategies for reducing risk
- Explain the terms "initiation" and "promotion" as they refer to cancer
- Discuss how fat intake, caloric intake and body weight relate to the development of cancer
- Identify nutrients that reduce the risk of cancer
- Design a diet that meets the nutritional needs of a 40-year-old woman
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This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including dietitians, health educators, and fitness professionals.
Fitness professionals: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning is recognized by the American Council on Exercise as a Continuing Education Specialist (provider #250164). This course is approved for 1.0 ACE CEC.
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The American College of Sports Medicine’s Professional Education Committee certifies that Nutrition Dimension meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from 2010 to 2013 (provider #681205). ACSM’s Professional Education Committee certifies that OnCourse Learning meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from 2013 to December 2019 (provider #730441). This course is approved for 10.0 ACSM CECs. ACSM approved providership of these programs does not imply endorsement of the sponsoring organization’s products/services.
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