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

Kris-Etherton PM, Akabas SR, Bales CW, Bistrian B, Braun L, Edwards MS, Laur C, Lenders CM, Levy MD, Palmer CA, Pratt CA, Ray S, Rock CL, Saltzman E, Seidner DL, Van Horn L
Am J Clin Nutr. 2014 99 (5 Suppl): 1153S-66S

PMID: 24717343 · PMCID: PMC3985217 · DOI:10.3945/ajcn.113.073502

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.

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Clinical Competence Dental Hygienists Education, Medical Health Personnel Health Promotion Humans Life Style Models, Educational Motor Activity Nurse Practitioners Nutritional Sciences Physicians United States

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