The Vegetarian Teen - RD317-60

The Vegetarian Teen

by Susan McQuillan, MS, RD
(4.4 / 63 ratings )

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

Price: $20.00
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Vegetarianism is increasingly popular in the U.S. for a variety of reasons, including health, animal rights and environmental concerns. Scientific evidence suggests a positive relationship between a vegetarian diet and reduced risk of obesity, heart disease and some cancers. A carefully planned vegetarian diet can be nutritionally adequate and healthful for children of all ages. At the same time, vegetarian teens who consume large amounts of foods, such as soda, pizza, French fries and ice cream, could be putting themselves at higher risk for developing chronic disease from excess fat, sugar and salt. Calorie intake must be assessed, along with several nutrients that may be of concern, particularly protein, iron, zinc and vitamin B-12, for any teenager who consumes a meatless diet.


The goal of this teenage vegetarianism continuing education module is to update dietitians’ and nurses’ knowledge of the special nutritional concerns of the vegetarian teen and how to ensure that the diet is nutritionally adequate. After you study the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the nutrient concerns for teenagers who adopt a vegetarian diet
  • Present alternative sources of various nutrients that may be lacking in a vegetarian diet due to food restrictions
  • Recognize the warning signs of an eating disorder and the relationship to vegetarianism
  • Offer reasonable solutions and assurances to parents who are concerned about their vegetarian teenagers

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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OnCourse Learning is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This is a Level 2 course with suggested learning code of 4110 and performance indicators of 4.1.1.
This course is approved for continuing education clock hours by the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM).

Course Originally Released on: 1/24/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 10/22/2014
Course Termination/Update Date: 5/31/2018

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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Susan M - athol, MA  ·  Feb 11, 2018
concise and informative
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Melissa B - Chesapeake, VA  ·  Dec 29, 2017
Thorough review with good attention to family dynamics and addressing eating disorders
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Sarah G - Virginia Beach, VA  ·  Nov 08, 2017
I enjoyed the material presented
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Mary L - Virginia Beach, VA  ·  Sep 05, 2017
the content was helpful and applies to my area of work
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Beverly R - Oxford, OH  ·  Jul 08, 2017
Good review of basic vegetarian info and tips to deal with all patients, teens/pre-teens in particular.
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Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00