What do you tell clients when they ask you about the latest weight-loss product or plan? How do you evaluate these items? New weight-loss programs, books, products and supplements continuously hit the marketplace.It is important for healthcare professionals to provide knowledgeable, professional advice on selection and use of these products. This continuing education program describes key guidelines for evaluating weight-loss programs and weight-loss plans. It presents pertinent information on popular programs, such as Jenny Craig, NutriSystem, e-Diets, South Beach Diet, Weight Watchers, non-profit support programs, popular diet books, meal replacement products and over-the-counter diet aids. It identifies useful resources necessary for the well-informed healthcare professional to vet what promises to be the endless supply of new products introduced into the marketplace.
The goal of this continuing education program is to provide dietitians, health educators, occupational therapists and pharmacists with useful, general guidelines for evaluating weight-loss programs, books and products. After studying the material presented here, you will be able to:
- Discuss the nine key questions important for evaluating weight-loss programs, books and products
- Respond knowledgeably to client inquiries concerning popular commercial weight-loss plans and products
- Identify resources for accessing current and accurate information to evaluate the latest weight-loss programs, products, and books
Content Level: Intermediate
Instructional Method: Online Course — Clinical Vignette & Narrative
Domain of OT: Client Factors
Occupational Therapy Process: Outcomes
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians, health educators, occupational therapists, and pharmacists.
Occupation therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
OnCourse Learning is an approved provider of continuing education for occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy (provider # FBN 50-1489).
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Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.
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