Low-Fat Vegan Diet and Metabolic Health in Overweight Adults – Short Course

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Accreditations: CDR
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Review findings of a study on diet composition and metabolic health in adults who are overweight with this self-study course.

This course requires reading of an article that outlines the results of a study on diet composition and metabolic health in adults who are overweight. The dietary pattern of focus in the study is a low-fat vegan diet.

A case-study based CPE examination helps the reader apply information in the course to their work setting and patient population.

Purchasing Options: This is available as eDocument + CPE Test only. Includes a link to the required reading in the course document, electronic test and 1 certificate with passing grade.

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

  1. Enhance knowledge and obtain new knowledge in applying dietary approaches for managing overweight and improving metabolic health in adults.
  2. Differentiate between outdated and current evidence-based recommendations related to dietary approaches for managing overweight and improving metabolic health in adults.
  3. Integrate new knowledge on applying dietary approaches for managing overweight and improving metabolic health in adults.

This course is intended for: RDNs and NDTRs

CDR Activity Number: 179832 Self Study Activity Type: 740 Web-Based

CPE Level: II

Suggested CDR Performance Indicators:

  • 8.2.1 Engages in educational activities to maintain knowledge and to obtain new knowledge of diseases and clinical conditions.
  • 8.2.3 Analyzes new information and how it impacts medical nutrition therapy.
  • 8.2.4 Integrates new knowledge of disease states and clinical conditions into practice.

Note: Numerous other CDR 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 8 questions. Upon passing the test, the learner can download and print the certificate.

Required Reading for this Course: Changes in food and nutrient intake and diet quality on a low-fat vegan diet are associated with changes in body weight, body composition, and insulin sensitivity in overweight adults: a randomized clinical trial.  (A link to the document is included in the downloadable course document).

Disclaimer: The text associated with this course is required solely for the course taker to learn the underlying principles that will be applied 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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The strength of this CPE program is how easily translatable the data is to clinical practice. The course provides specific data about which food groups included in a low-fat vegan diet provide the most benefits to body weight and fat mass reduction, so if patients are interested in experimenting with a plant-based lifestyle, this course gives good data about where to start for the greatest impact. The course also provides expected parameters for patients who experiment with a low-fat vegan diet.
- Low-Fat Vegan Diet and Metabolic Health in Overweight Adults
Cassie Christopher, MD, RDN
We often hear mixed messages about plant-based diets. "They are super healthy." "They aren't healthy at all." This self study course provides the opportunity to examine the available research on low-fat plant-based vegan diets and see the evidence firsthand. Clinicians will be better able to educate their clients and providers, providing concrete facts regarding the benefits of low-fat vegan diets. They will also be able to support clients making dietary changes and ensure that their clients meet nutritional needs while seeking an improvement in weight and overall health.
- Low-Fat Vegan Diet and Metabolic Health in Overweight Adults
Lori Stevens, RD, LDN

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