Folic Acid: The Hope for the Future - FIT208-60

Folic Acid: The Hope for the Future

by Julie Stefanski, MEd, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CDE, FAND
FIT208-60
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This course is credentialed for:
Fitness (1.00 ACSM CECs)

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Summary:

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.

Objectives:

The goal of this continuing education program is to give dietitians, dietary managers, 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, 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 dietitians, certified dietary managers, EMTs and paramedics, fitness professionals, health educators, nurses, and physician.
 
Fitness professionals: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
 
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The American College of Sports Medicine’s Professional Education Committee certifies that Relias LLC meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from 2013 to December 2022 (provider #730441). This course is approved for 1.0 ACCSM CEC. ACSM approved providership of these programs does not imply endorsement of the sponsoring organization's products/services.

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.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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