Folic Acid - RD208-60

Folic Acid

The Hope for the Future

by Dale Ames Kline, MS, RD, LD and Margaret Wertheim Eich, MS, RDN, CD
(4.6 / 389 ratings )

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

Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00


The incidence of neural tube defects and other diseases may be lowered by a simple action: adding folate or folic acid to the diet. Today about 3,000 American babies a year are born with NTDs, 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. After you study the information presented here, you will be able to:  
  • Define neural tube defects and their effects on children
  • Describe ways to increase the folate level in women of childbearing age
  • Identify health problems that are reduced by folic acid 

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: 9/9/2016
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/9/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/31/2019

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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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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Margaret R - Cincinnati, OH  ·  Oct 22, 2019
This is a very informative and pertinent topic for the population that we work with in the WIC Program ~ women in their childbearing years!
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ANN P. R - CINCINNATI, OH  ·  Oct 16, 2019
Anyone who is working with age bearing women would benefit from this course
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Leslie S - PERRYSBURG, OH  ·  Apr 30, 2019
Very informative. Will educate my patients on this information
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Price: $20.00
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