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Food as Medicine: Talking about Weight

Help your patients use foods and nutrition to assist them in achieving their weight management outcomes.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Food as Medicine: Talking about Weight

This course is part of the Using Food as Medicine in Healthcare Practice program, which will enable you to learn how to use food as medicine in healthcare practice .

Grow your confidence in answering common weight management questions

The obesity crisis means that healthcare professionals talking confidently to patients about weight is more critical than ever.

On this course, designed for healthcare professionals by an international team of experts in nutrition and weight management from Monash University and Portsmouth Hospital, NHS Trust UK, including GPs and nurses, you will be equipped with the latest information about weight management strategies, so you can feel more confident in having difficult conversation regarding weight with patients, and answering common nutrition and weight management related questions.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 12 secondsHELEN TRUBY: Hi, I'm Helen Truby. I'm head of nutrition and dietetics here at Monash University in Australia. My team and I conduct research into weight management both in children and in adults. I'm sure in your practice, you have many people who ask about weight management. In this course, we're going to explore some of the reasons why people do gain weight and some don't, what advice you may be able to give them, and how you might be able to incorporate food as medicine in your practice. So what are the advances in this area? With 60% of our population now either overweight or obese, the need for effective weight management strategies has never been larger.

Skip to 0 minutes and 50 secondsWe know that people seek help from their GPs and from health professionals about their body weight, but it's often a difficult conversation for health professionals to have.

Skip to 1 minute and 25 secondsEVELYN VOLDERS: I think for-- all health care professionals really have a responsibility to help work to reduce the rates of childhood obesity. And it's about supporting families and communities to make those healthy choices and learn about food and the importance of good food choices.

Skip to 1 minute and 44 secondsHELEN TRUBY: This course is aimed at health care professionals and assumes knowledge of science, medicine, and health care practice.

Skip to 1 minute and 51 secondsDENISE THOMAS: So for some patients, their lifestyle will mean that they need different sorts of dietary advice and that dietary advice to be delivered in a supportive way to them.

Skip to 2 minutes and 1 secondHELEN TRUBY: Using practical demonstrations, case studies, and discussions, we are going to provide you with some knowledge and skills and helpful ways that might impact on your practice about how you might help those patients, the majority of which are actually looking to you for a solution. We hope this course helps you.

What topics will you cover?

  • Talking about weight with patients
  • Weight loss and management
  • Science of weight management
  • Weight loss strategies
  • Food quality, energy density and relationship with weight

When would you like to start?

Who is the course for?

This course has been designed for healthcare professionals, specifically medical specialists, general practitioners and nurses.

However, the course may be of benefit to healthcare professionals such as dietitians and nutritionists with a background in nutrition, who may like a ‘refresher’ in this area of study.

You should have a good knowledge of science, medicine and healthcare practice.

This course is recognised by:

  • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP): this activity has been approved/allocated 40 Category 1 points by the RACGP QI&CPD Program in the 2017 – 19 triennium.

In order to meet the RACGP QI&CPD Program requirements to receive 40 Category 1 points, RACGP members must complete all parts of this course, including the reinforcing activity, by 27 October 2017

  • Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA): this activity has been endorsed by APNA according to approved quality standards criteria. Completion of this educational activity entitles eligible participants to claim 6 CPD hours.

  • British Dietetic Association (BDA): endorsement applies only to the educational content of the learning activity.

  • Association for Nutrition (AfN): endorsed for CPD.

Who will you learn with?

Helen Truby

I am Professor and Head of Department of Nutrition & Dietetics at Monash University. My professional background is paediatric dietetics and have research interests in clinical nutrition and metabolism

Melissa Adamski

Melissa is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist involved in research and teaching at Monash, along with working in private practice. She specialises in nutritional genomics.

Denise Thomas

Denise is a registered practising dietitian currently Head of the Dietetic Service at Portsmouth NHS Trust in the UK. She specialises in medical and surgical management of morbid obesity.

Who developed the course?

Monash University is one of Australia’s leading universities, ranked in the world’s top 1% by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It was established in Melbourne in 1958.

Who is this accredited by?

APNA: Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners: The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

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Learning specifically designed for healthcare professionals

Learn best practice from experts

This course has been specifically designed to support healthcare professionals’ continuing professional development (CPD). It’s ideal for keeping your skills up to date, and demonstrating your progress during appraisals or revalidation.

  • Learn hands-on skills that you can apply to your practice
  • Get up-to-date, unbiased information based on the latest research and best practice
  • Learn from and get your questions answered by expert academics and clinicians

Learn from the experiences of other health professionals

On this course, you’ll have the option to study with a small group of motivated healthcare professionals, meaning your course will count towards your participatory CPD.

  • Get access to a range of healthcare professionals
  • Share and debate your opinions
  • Learn from the diverse experiences of other professionals

Fit learning around your schedule with unlimited access

When you buy this course, you’ll have unlimited access to it for as long as it exists on FutureLearn, enabling you to fit learning around your schedule.

  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Revisit the material at any time
  • Engage in reflection, helping you apply what you learn in your practice

Get evidence of learning outcomes and CPD hours

Once you complete the course you’ll receive a digital and printed Certificate of Achievement to demonstrate your CPD. The Certificate and accompanying transcript includes:

  • Detailed learning outcomes
  • CPD hours required to complete the course
  • Details of any bodies that accredit or endorse the course
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