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

Journal Article (Journal Article)

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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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • 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

Published Date

  • May 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 99 / 5 Suppl

Start / End Page

  • 1153S - 1166S

PubMed ID

  • 24717343

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3985217

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1938-3207

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3945/ajcn.113.073502


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States