The State of Nutrition in America Short Course

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Course Expiration: May 31, 2024
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Rethink the way our country approaches food, nutrition, and health with this case based self-study course! 

This continuing professional education (CPE) self-study course includes required reading of a written testimony provided to the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry’s Subcommittee on Food and Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Organics, and Research. The five experts that testified were charged with summarizing the state of nutrition in the U.S. from their unique perspectives which include cardiology, Native American/Alaska Native health, poverty and nutrition assistance programs, health of black populations, and the connection of agriculture to hunger, nutrition, and economic health.

The Subcommittee on Food and Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Organics, and Research acknowledged that America is facing a crisis of diet-related diseases, food and nutrition insecurity, disparities in the availability of nutritious foods to some populations in the county, and an economic burden related to treating diet-related chronic health conditions. They agree that we need to rethink the way our country approaches food, nutrition, and health. The written testimony from the five experts outlined the issues they have each identified, and presented possible solutions that could be addressed by a proposed White House Conference on Food, Hunger, and Health.

A case-study based CPE exam drawn from the written testimony allows the reader to apply the information presented to their professional knowledge and work settings.

This course is appropriate for registered dietitian nutritionists and educators, especially those who have an interest in national nutrition policy, hunger, and racial and ethnic health care disparities.

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

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

  1. Identify potential or existing opportunities and challenges related to hunger and nutrition in the United States.
  2. Analyze data to identify trends and improvements and to determine cost-effectiveness of nutrition-related clinical care, or to support the delivery of health, food, and nutrition services in the United States.
  3. Identify determinants of health and hunger and nutrition influences on population health status.
  4. Identify individual, organizational and government roles and responsibilities for addressing hunger and nutrition within public health and health care systems.

This course is intended for: RDNs and NDTRs

CDR Activity Number: 170289 Self Study Activity Type: 720 Printed

CPE Level: II

Suggested CDR Performance Indicators:

  • 4.2.1 Identifies potential or existing opportunities and challenges.
  • 7.4.6 Analyzes data to identify trends and improvements and to determine cost-effectiveness of nutrition-related clinical care, or to support the delivery of health, food, and nutrition services.
  • 12.2.1 Identifies determinants of health and influences on population health status.
  • 12.2.3 Identifies individual, organization and government roles and responsibilities within public health and health care systems.

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 15 questions. Upon passing the test, the learner can download and print the certificate.

Required Reading for this Course: written testimony from a hearing titled “The State of Nutrition in American 2021”. The hearing included testimony from experts to the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, Subcommittee on Food and Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Organics, and Research (a link to the required reading is included in the downloadable course document).

Disclaimer: The written testimony 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. The authors of the testimony have not contributed to or endorsed this course.

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