2020 Nutrition Continuing Education Series: Nutrition and Dieting: What Dietary Patterns Work


The University of Texas at Austin invites you to join our continuing education series in nutrition for adult learners and health professionals.

Featuring expert faculty from the Department of Nutritional Science and the Dell Medical School, our pre-recorded webinars will bring you the latest in nutritional science through the convenience of an online experience.

Starting with a molecular view of nutrition, we'll build your knowledge of practical, everyday nutritious behaviors to increase your understanding of how nutrition relates to health. Four modules containing 3 hours of CNE in each module, are available through this Learning Express site. This is the third module in the series. Each module is stand-alone and they may be completed in any order or independently of each other.

As your patients' questions around their nutrition grow, UNTI wants to give you the tools you need to feel confident in not only answering your patients' questions but guiding their healthcare plan.

Topic 1: Nutritious Dietary Patterns and Healthy Weight 

What will I learn?

  • Describe the fundamental nutrition principles of a balanced diet.
  • Explore traditional diets and compare them to our modern dietary patterns.
  • Explain how diet and health disparities are related
  • Identify resources to evaluate evidence-based information regarding weight management.

Topic 2: MyPlate vs Fad Diets 

What will I learn?

  • Recognize current research evaluating the efficacy of leading popular diets and diet approaches for weight management.
  • Define USDA Food Groups and foods within each group
  • Discuss current consumption patterns of Americans
  • Identify and select foods in accordance with the principles of a balanced diet by utilizing MyPlate
  • Practice customizing MyPlate for a variety of patient/client dietary needs to improve nutrition intake



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Target Audience(s)

Registered Nurses

Joint Provider(s)

University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing, The University of Texas at Austin Nutrition Institute and Dell Medical School Continuing Medical Education

Requirements for CE Credit

Disclosure to Participants: Nutrition and Dieting: What Dietary Patterns Work
Accreditation Statement: University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
Learning outcome: At the conclusion of this learning activity, the RN will verbalize increased knowledge regarding the principles of how nutrition and weight loss plans affect the health outcomes for their patients.
This activity is being jointly provided by UT Dell Medical Center and UT Austin School of Nursing and expires January 29, 2023.
Requirements for Successful Completion: To receive contact hours for this continuing education activity, the participant must complete the entire online module and complete and submit the evaluation form. Once successful completion has been verified, a “Certificate of Successful Completion” will be awarded for 3 contact hours.

Conflicts of Interest: A conflict of interest occurs when an individual has an opportunity to affect or impact educational content with which he or she may have a commercial interest or a potentially biasing relationship of a financial nature.
The activity’s Nurse Planner has determined that no one who has the ability to control the content of this CNE activity – planning committee members and presenters/authors/content reviewers – has a conflict of interest.




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Drew Hays

Brief Bio : Drew Hays, MA, RD, LD Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Department of Nutritional Sciences Drew Hays is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Department on Nutritional Sciences. She received her Master’s Degree of Nutritional Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin, and is a professionally trained chef form Le Cordon Bleu Academy of Culinary Arts. As a chef, she has held a variety of positions including Food Stylist and Research and Development Chef for the Food Network in New York City. Prior to her position at the University of Texas, she worked as a Clinical Dietitian providing medical nutrition therapy to a variety of patients in the acute care setting.
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Heather Leidy

Brief Bio : Heather Leidy, PhD Associate Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences Dr. Heather Leidy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences. She has completed a PhD in Physiology (with an emphasis in exercise endocrinology and metabolism) at Penn State University as well as a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Nutrition Science at Purdue University. She was also one of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee members. Her research examines the effect of quantity, quality and timing of dietary protein consumption on the signals that promote healthy eating behavior and weight management across the lifespan.

Release Date: Jan 29, 2020
Credit Expiration Date: Jan 29, 2023

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