More than two-thirds of adults in the U.S., an estimated 154.7 million people, are overweight or obese. Of these, more than half are obese, having a body mass index of 30 or more. Young people are not immune. A litany of diseases has long been associated with overweight and obesity. As healthcare professionals, we encounter overweight and obese patients in many settings. We don’t have to be experts to make an impact. Conversations of five minutes or less can contribute to changing the eating behaviors of our patients. People listen to their healthcare providers: Patients who are counseled to lose weight by healthcare professionals are three times more likely to try to do so than those who do not receive such counseling.
The goal of this program is to empower nurses, dietitians, dietary managers, school nutritionists, fitness professionals, health educators, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physicians and radiologic technologists to help themselves or help patients evaluate dietary recommendations and make lifestyle changes to better manage their weight. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Describe the prevalence and effects of overweight and obesity in the U.S.
- Discuss how diet and exercise contribute to weight management
- List four traits shared by those who have maintained weight loss
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, dietitians, fitness professionals, health educators, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physicians, and radiologic technologists.
Dietitians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at www.continuingeducation.com
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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 1 course with suggested learning codes of 3000, 3005, 3020, 4000, 4040, 4090, 5000, 5370.
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.
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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.
Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.
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