The Dietary Guidelines for Americans: What an Educator Needs to Know (4-Hour CPE Course)

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Judy Doherty, PC II, AOS, BS

Goals and Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the practitioner will be able to...

  1. Discuss the history of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, analyzing the rise and fall of various food trends and health advice.
  2. Understand the food elements and structures recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, along with the elements and structures that should be reduced/reformed.
  3. Explore the 5 central tenets of the latest edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, namely:
    1. Follow a healthy eating pattern throughout the lifespan.
    2. Focus on variety, nutrient density, and amount of food.
    3. Limit the calories consumed from added sugars and saturated fats while also reducing sodium intake.
    4. Shift to healthier food and drink choices.
    5. Support healthy eating patterns for everyone.
  4. Articulate the science behind the recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, especially as it relates to health and chronic disease.
  5. Discuss shifts in eating patterns that will bring about a healthier eating style.
  6. Understand the health impact associated with a variety of foods in each MyPlate food group as it relates to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
  7. Successfully navigate the USDA websites and appendices, knowing where to find more information and further educational resources about the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Course Details:

  • 4 hour CPE course
  • Includes a certificate you can download upon completion
  • Features lifetime access to articles and certificates
  • Read lessons, take quiz, get certificate, all at your leisure