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Current Issues in Nutrition

2.5 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the types of toxins found in food and to examine the effects of irradiation, genetically altered foods, and food allergies on our health.
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Our diet has a profound impact on our health and well-being as well as the health of the environment, yet many of us are not aware of where our food originated or how it was produced. We eat toxic, irradiated, or genetically altered foods, and we eat more than we need. How can we change our eating habits and become more conscious of what we eat, why we eat it, and how it is prepared?

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Identify the various toxins in our food chain, including pesticides, growth hormones, and food additives.
  • Describe the effects of irradiation, genetically altered foods, and food allergies.
  • Explain the health issues surrounding plastics and food.
  • Describe the types and functions of nutraceuticals.
  • Discuss the role of supplements in our diet.
  • Define organic farming components.
  • Explain how food and global warming are related.

Today’s consumers are increasingly aware of the importance of sound nutrition and its relationship to health, yet many believe that eating nutritiously means making sacrifices. The media contribute to this belief by emphasizing food preparation time rather than nutritional value. Growing awareness and consciousness about global, social, and economic issues related to food and farming, such as farm-worker abuse, global warming, food waste, and the inhumane effects of industrialized farming, are increasing. In addition, malnutrition, the social pressures to achieve a distorted body image, and obesity remain significant problems for children, adolescents, and adults across all socioeconomic groups in the world today (Leddy, 2006).

Salguero (2007) states that “from 5% to almost half of the general population experiences suboptimal nutrient intake” (p. 26). While our hunter-gatherer and even our agricultural ancestors enjoyed natural, truly organic foods, the diets of 21st-century human beings are very different. Even 100 years ago, much of our food was unprocessed and unrefined. It was grown on good (often virgin) soil in fresh air with pure water. No preservatives, pesticides, chemicals, or additives were used (Trivieri & Anderson, 2002).

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • NCBTMB -National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
  • Florida Board of Massage Therapists
AOTA CEUs:

0.25

Practice Level:

Beginner/Introductory

Content Focus:

Occupational Therapy Process

Course Expires:

July 11, 2019

Instructor(s):
  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.

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