Folic Acid: The Hope for the Future - RD208-60

Folic Acid: The Hope for the Future

by Julie Stefanski, MEd, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CDE, FAND
(4.6 / 393 ratings )

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

Price: $20.00
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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.


The goal of this continuing education program is to give dietitians, dietary managers, school nutritionists, 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, school nutritionists, 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. 

Accreditation Information
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 course is a level 2 course with learning code 2090 and performance indicators of 8.1.3, 8.1.4, 10.4.4, 12.2.2. 
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).


Course Originally Released on: 1/27/2020
Date of Most Recent Review: 1/27/2020
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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Gina S - Cape Coral , FL  ·  Jan 03, 2020
Good info on importance of folic acid
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Carolyn C - Cincinnati, OH  ·  Jan 03, 2020
The course was very informative and can be applied to counseling my clients.
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Brenda F. C - Albu6, NM  ·  Dec 16, 2019
Very Informative instruction for practitioners dealing with women of childbearing age.
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Constance S - Loveland, OH  ·  Oct 29, 2019
Helpful information for any health professional working with women of child bearing age.
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Holly G - Harrison, OH  ·  Oct 23, 2019
Straight forward evidence of the need for folic acid fortification of diets
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Price: $20.00
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