Plant-Based Nutrition: Research and Application in the Medical Practice

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Effective Date: June 1, 2017
Expiration Date: May 31, 2019
Format: Self Instructional - Audio Visual Voice-Over with Slides
Maximum Credits: 5 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Creditâ„¢, 5 Nursing Contact Hours (5.0 Pharmacotherapeutic Hours), 5 Pharmacy CE (Knowledge Based)
Estimated Completion Time: 5 hours

A 2010 study found that, among cardiac patients, perceived low-quality of care was associated with not receiving diet and lifestyle advice. Simultaneously, there seems to be a growing awareness that common chronic diseases are profoundly linked to diet and lifestyle practices. In particular, plant-based diets have become more popular. Variations of plant-based diets are espoused by the past-president of the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, the American Institute for Cancer Research, and a variety of new diet and lifestyle programs in medical institutions and lay public communities. The scientific advisory panel for the US dietary guidelines committee advised more plant-based diets, and the US Preventive Services Task Force recommends that all overweight and obese patients with heart disease risk factors be referred to intensive behavioral interventions.

Topics covered include:

  1. Defining Plant-Based Nutrition and its Broad Benefits
  2. Plant-Based Nutrition and Ischemic Heart Disease
  3. Plant-Based Nutrition and Diabetes
  4. Challenges to Behavior Change and Food Addiction
  5. Counseling Patients to Change: Better Addressing Barriers
  6. Setting up Diet and Lifestyle Programs in Medicine

This 6-module course was developed at the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, which offers a renowned certificate program in plant-based nutrition in partnership with eCornell, Cornell University’s online course provider.

Target Audience & Cost

This program is intended for primary care physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and other healthcare professionals interested in the research and application of plant-based diets in the medical practice.

Fee: $75.00

Outcome Objectives

Upon completion of this CME activity the healthcare provider will be able to:

  1. Define a whole-food, plant-based diet and understand the nutrient characteristics of whole plant vs animal vs refined plant foods.
  2. Understand the scientific rationale for prescribing plant-based diets for heart disease.
  3. Understand the research supporting the benefits of high-fiber, intact carbohydrates for treating patients with diabetes.
  4. Describe the barriers to successful behavior change.
  5. Implement strategies to optimize behavior change with individual patients.
  6. Learn examples of how to structure medical practice to facilitate lifestyle medicine.

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Presented by

Thomas M. Campbell, MD

Thomas M. Campbell, MD
Course Director/Presenter
Medical Director, T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies
Instructor of Clinical Family Medicine,
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Thomas M. Campbell II, MD is Medical Director of the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. He is co-founder and director of a groundbreaking Nutrition in Medicine program at the University of Rochester Medical Center, working with individuals and groups to prevent and treat illness using diet and lifestyle. A board-certified family physician, Dr. Campbell is co-author, with his father, T. Colin Campbell, PhD, of The China Study, a worldwide bestseller, and author of The China Study Solution (The Campbell Plan in hardcover). He has published in the Israel Medical Association Journal and in CME publications Primary Care Reports and Integrative Medicine Alert.

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Dr. Campbell is the coauthor of The China Study and the author of The China Study Solution and receives royalties.

Planning Committee:

Jeanette M. Dunn, EdD, RN, Lead Nurse Planner, Quality Control Officer; Lisa Chamberlain, Pharm D; Dr. Campbell, content expert; Jenny Miller, Executive Director have no significant financial interest in any of the products or manufacturers mentioned.


AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

Accreditation Statement: The Foundation for Care Management (FCM) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for Physicians.

Designation Statement: FCM designates this educational activity for a maximum of Five (5) AMA PRA Category 1 credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of the participation in the activity.

CE for Pharmacists

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* This CE activity is knowledge-based.

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Method of Participation/Criteria for Success

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Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

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