Are you prepared to provide nutritional care for an adolescent who follows a vegetarian, vegan, or plant-based diet? Scientific evidence suggests a positive relationship between plant-based eating patterns and reduced risk of disease. Strict forms of vegan diets, however, may exclude important nutrients and not meet the energy or protein needs of adolescents. The food choices of teens often rely on highly processed, convenience food options, which may not promote overall health. Learn how to ensure that the diet of teens who follow a vegetarian, vegan, or plant-based eating plan will be nutritionally sound.
The goal of this course is to provide healthcare providers in all settings with an update on the nutritional concerns of teens who follow a vegetarian, vegan, or plant-based diet and how to ensure that these diets are nutritionally adequate.
Julie Stefanski, MEd, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CDCES, FAND is a SME Writer focused on topics related to food, nutrition & dietetics for Relias. She is a registered dietitian nutritionist and has been a certified diabetes educator since 2003. Ms. Stefanski earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and a master's degree in Adult Education with a special focus on distance learning. She was an adjunct instructor in the Stabler Department of Nursing at York College of Pennsylvania for 13 years. Stefanski is the owner of Stefanski Nutrition Services where she specializes in pediatric nutrition, diabetes, gastrointestinal issues and sports nutrition. Stefanski serves as national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.
Certificates provided by accrediting body (7 Match)
American Nurses Credentialing Center
In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC 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.
District of Columbia Board of Nursing
District of Columbia Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
Commission on Dietetic Registration
As a Jointly Accredited organization, Relias LLC is accredited to offer dietetic continuing education by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). The CDR is an associate member of Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education.
Georgia Board of Nursing
South Carolina Board of Nursing
New Mexico Board of Nursing
Arkansas State Board of Nursing
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: The Teen Who Follows a Vegetarian, Vegan, or Plant-Based Diet
Types of Vegetarians
Special Dietary Concerns
Nutritional Needs During Adolescence
Essential Fatty Acids
Iron and Zinc
Calcium and Vitamin D
Does Vegetarianism or Veganism Hide an Eating Disorder?
Section 3: Clinical Vignette
Section 4: Conclusion
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