Diet, Exercise and Energy Metabolism Course

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Course Expires May 31, 2024
Credits: 8
Accreditations: CDR
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Learn how the body uses the macronutrients, energy burning capabilities of exercise, and the relationship of both to overall health with this case-based self study course!

This continuing professional education self-study course includes required reading that presents a historical overview as well as both current and forward-thinking dialogue on how the body takes in and uses energy. It is rooted in research, including anthropological studies, by the author. The book discusses how the body uses the macronutrients (fat, protein, and carbohydrate), energy-burning capabilities of exercise, and the relationship of both to overall health. The author’s premise is that humans burn the same number of calories per day no matter how active they are. The book emphasizes the critical need for exercise to support health and longevity and maintain weight loss, but not to facilitate weight loss. This may be considered controversial by some readers, but the author’s research presents a compelling case supporting his perspective. Health professional may benefit from reading this book to be informed of promising approaches and strategies for supporting patients and clients in understanding energy metabolism. A case-study based CPE provides information that helps the reader understand the information presented and integrate it into their current practice setting.

Course includes hard copy book and 1 certificate.

Already have the book? Under “Product Options” simply choose “CPE Test Only” to purchase the CPE Self-Study Program.

After completing this continuing professional education course, the learner should be able to:

    1. Integrate new knowledge and skills about the relationship between diet, exercise, and energy metabolism into practice.
    1. Analyze and synthesize new information on diet, exercise, and energy metabolism.
    2. Interpret and apply food and nutrition science to practice as it relates to diet, exercise, and energy metabolism.
    1. Integrate knowledge of macronutrients and micronutrients for absorption, digestion, and metabolism throughout the life span in practice.

This course is intended for: RDNs

CDR Activity Number: 170863 Self Study Activity Type: 720 Printed
CPE Level: I

Suggested CDR Performance Indicators:

• 1.1.5 Integrates new knowledge and skills into practice.
• 4.2.5 Analyzes and synthesizes information and identifies new information, patterns and findings.
• 8.1.1 Interprets and applies evidence-based literature and standards for determining nutritional needs of target audiences.
• 8.1.3 Integrates knowledge of macronutrients and micronutrients for absorption, digestion, and metabolism throughout the life span in practice.

Note: Numerous other Performance Indicators may apply.

This self-study course includes required reading, a downloadable course document and an online exam with multiple choice, case study based questions. This course exam includes 32 questions. Upon passing the test, the learner can download and print the certificate.

Required Reading for this Course: Burn: New Research Blows the Lid Off How We Really Burn Calories, Stay Healthy, and Lose Weight. Author: Herman Pontzer, PhD

The text/book associated with this course is required solely for the course taker to learn the underlying principles which they will apply in taking a case-study based exam. Neither the authors nor the publishers of the text/book have contributed to or endorsed this course.


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This self-study course provides a new and evidence-based perspective for the RDN or CDCES on the topic of weight loss and metabolism. Through a series of case study questions, course participants can take the information learned from the required reading and better understand how this can be applied and incorporated in their own practice to improve patient care.
- Diet, Exercise, and Energy Metabolism Course
Stacey Phillips, MS, RD
As RDNs and clinicians, we are subject to our own biases and understanding of how things "work" and like others, we are susceptible to fads, falsehoods and misinformation. The required reading and self study course is a powerful tool against misinformation as it takes a scientific and anthropological look at nutrition, exercise and metabolism. This helps dispel myths about diet and exercise that we encounter every single day. As clinicians, we pride ourselves on being the experts, and this self study course and publication will help us live up to that label!
- Diet, Exercise, and Energy Metabolism Course
Lori Stevens, RD, LDN

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