Vitamin D: Should “D” Stand for Deficiency? - RD162

Vitamin D: Should “D” Stand for Deficiency?

by Margaret Wertheim Eich, MS, RDN, CD and Dale Ames Kline, MS, RD, LD
(4.6 / 211 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (1.00 CPEU)

Price: $20.00
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How much vitamin D do we need to maintain health? This is not an easy question because a debate exists in the scientific community about the recommended daily intake. Not long ago, vitamin D was primarily viewed as a nutrient needed for bone health. In recent years, countless studies have suggested it plays a role in a multitude of other chronic conditions, such as cancer and cardiovascular and autoimmune disease. In addition, a growing number of people have been identified as vitamin D deficient. This program presents the latest evidence for intake levels higher than the Dietary Reference Intake, risk factors for a vitamin D deficiency and ways to treat a deficiency with supplementation.


The goal of this program is to provide dietitians, fitness professionals and health educators guidelines for improving vitamin D status of their patients. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify population groups at greatest risk for vitamin D deficiency and list factors that affect vitamin D status
  • Recommend dietary and lifestyle strategies to help specific populations meet their vitamin D needs
  • Describe research-based evidence for vitamin D’s potential role in preventing or ameliorating chronic disease

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses and dietitians.
Dietitians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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Relias LLC, is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program or materials.  This is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 2060, 2090, 2000, 3020, 4000, 4030, 4040, 4130, 5000 and performance indicators of 6.2.5, 8.1.1, 8.1.4, 8.1.8, 8.3.1, 8.3.5, 8.3.6, 10.4.4.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).
This program has been approved for fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM). Granting prior approval does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.

Course Originally Released on: 3/11/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 1/4/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 1/4/2019

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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anne s - boca raton, FL  ·  Mar 10, 2019
Very informative Found some information I was no aware of and will be able to pass it down to patients to help them understand better
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Sandra M - Nashville, TN  ·  Mar 02, 2019
This was a good update and review of vitamin D for clinical practice.
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Carrie K - Tarpon Springs , FL  ·  Feb 15, 2019
It provides important health aspects related to vitamin D that would be important when counseling patients.
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Mary Ann M - Lubbock, TX  ·  Feb 11, 2019
Material was presented in a straight forward, easy to follow format.
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REGINA G - SAN ANTONIO, TX  ·  Jan 10, 2019
good information on Vit D
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