Foundations of Therapeutic Nutrition for Healthcare Professionals

Foundations of Therapeutic Nutrition for Healthcare Professionals

As the incidence of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other metabolically based chronic diseases increase, health care providers have been looking for strategies to arrest this devastating trend. Recently, public interest in a ‘food first’ approach to treating these diseases has increased as evidence emerges to support the use of personalized, therapeutic nutrition to achieve remission as a clinical goal.

In the Foundations of Therapeutic Nutrition courses, learners will be introduced to the concept of personalized, therapeutic nutrition and the role that food and eating plays in chronic disease management. With a focus on patient safety, the course will explore topics such as the evolution of dietary patterns in Western Society, the relationship between diet, energy metabolism, and the development of chronic disease and how health care providers can integrate personalized, therapeutic nutrition into their clinical toolboxes

The Foundations course is 6 modules.  Each module consists of a voice embedded PowerPoint presentation, discussion questions,downloadable transcripts, and quizzes. The time to complete each module varies but averages between 30 minutes and 3 hours.

To earn a Continuing Education Certificate, you are required to view all the PowerPoint presentations, receive a mark of 70% on each quiz and complete the assignments. You can re-do quizzes as many times as necessary. Once the modules are completed the learning may sign up for the virtual face to face facilitated workshop which will be covered in 3 sessions ending with each participant presenting a case study.  Upon completion of both the modules and workshop the learning can apply for a Two year certification in Personalized Therapeutic Nutrition

Course Learning Outcomes
By the end of this introductory course, you will be able to:
1. Discuss the evolution of national nutrition guidelines and the influences they have had on population health over the past 50 years.
2. Recognize the rationale for taking a personalized approach to nutrition therapy.
3. Describe the pathways for energy production, storage, and utilization in the human body.
4. Explain the correlation between impaired glucose metabolism and pathophysiology of many chronic diseases.
5. Describe how you will support patients who choose a personalized, therapeutic nutrition approach.
6. Assess and monitor a patient’s risks, including consequences of over-medication, when they take a therapeutic nutrition approach.
7. Identify opportunities for continued professional development and networking within an evolving therapeutic nutrition Community of Practice.


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