The need to advance nutrition education in the training of health care professionals and recommended research to evaluate implementation and effectiveness

Penny M Kris-Etherton, Sharon R Akabas, Connie W Bales, Bruce Bistrian, Lynne Braun, Marilyn S Edwards, Celia Laur, Carine M Lenders, Matthew D Levy, Carole A Palmer, Sumantra Ray

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Abstract

Nutrition is a recognized determinant in 3 (ie, diseases of the heart, malignant neoplasms, cerebrovascular diseases) of the top 4 leading causes of death in the United States. However, many health care providers are not adequately trained to address lifestyle recommendations that include nutrition and physical activity behaviors in a manner that could mitigate disease development or progression. This contributes to a compelling need to markedly improve nutrition education for health care professionals and to establish curricular standards and requisite nutrition and physical activity competencies in the education, training, and continuing education for health care professionals. This article reports the present status of nutrition and physical activity education for health care professionals, evaluates the current pedagogic models, and underscores the urgent need to realign and synergize these models to reflect evidence-based and outcomes-focused education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1153S-1166S
JournalThe American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Volume99
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Apr 2014

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    Kris-Etherton, P. M., Akabas, S. R., Bales, C. W., Bistrian, B., Braun, L., Edwards, M. S., Laur, C., Lenders, C. M., Levy, M. D., Palmer, C. A., & Ray, S. (2014). The need to advance nutrition education in the training of health care professionals and recommended research to evaluate implementation and effectiveness. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 99(5), 1153S-1166S. https://doi.org/10.3945/ajcn.113.073502