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Obesity Course Live Events Sessions and Objectives

The Pediatric and Adult Obesity Course consists of four four-hour live virtual events.  The live virtual event will focus on experiential learning activities that require critical thinking and problem-solving as well as skill building in areas such as counseling.  All four events must be completed in order to earn the certificate of training. Click here for the full requirements to earn the Certificate of Training in Obesity for Pediatrics and Adults.



Session Title:  Obesity as a Chronic Disease

Description:  This session will describe the chronic nature of obesity and provide evidence-based strategies for RDNs to effectively provide weight management services. Obesity treatment guidelines for nutrition, weight loss medications, and bariatric surgery will be covered. The key role of the RDN in weight management and promoting health-related quality of life during all stages of obesity treatment will also be discussed. 

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

1.    describe the chronic nature of obesity and implications for treatment;

2.    discuss the evidence-based weight management guidelines for nutrition, weight loss medications, and bariatric surgery;

3.    discuss the RDN’s role in supporting persons with obesity to achieve their overall health goals and promoting health-related quality of life during all stages of obesity management.

Session Title:  Counseling and Behavior Management

Description:  The core issues of counseling will be discussed. Practical considerations for how these tools are implemented and the “spirit” behind these techniques will be provided. Participants will be given opportunities to identify areas of strengths and areas in which they would like to improve. The ability to practice techniques will be provided.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

1.  recognizes and applies education and learning theories and principles in practice;

2.  establishes, develops and implements program outlines and learning plans to meet the needs of various individuals, groups and populations;

3.  uses effective counseling and coaching skills and strategies in practice.

Session Title:  Delivering Trauma Informed Counseling

Description: The concept of trauma is introduced as a key health modifier.  Trauma’s impact on physical and emotional systems will be discussed and the potential impact trauma can have on both nutrition and lifestyle modification will be highlighted. Practical considerations for how Registered Dietitian Nutritionists can embrace this concept in delivering trauma-informed care will be introduced as well.  

Learning Objectives:

1.    recognizes the role trauma can play in a patient’s overall health;

2.    understands the systems that can be impacted by trauma;

3.    be capable of differentiating between traditional medical nutrition therapy and trauma informed nutrition care.

Session Title:  Telehealth for Effective Weight Management

Description: The concept of telehealth will be introduced and discussed.  The legal implications that must be considered by RDN’s will be presented.  Several resources and tips will be shared with attendees so that they can better utilize telehealth in their own practice areas.  The Pros and Cons of telehealth as it compares to face-to-face counseling will also be addressed.  

Learning Objectives:

1.    recognizes the role telehealth plays in the field of nutrition counseling;

2.    understands the legal considerations RDN’s must be aware of in practicing in this new way;

3.    be capable of identifying several ways of making telehealth engaging for patients and clients in individual and group settings.



Session Title: Navigating Challenges Sessions

Description: These sessions encourage participants to think critically about challenges posed by limited health literacy, weight bias, fad diets and health at every size. Attendees will learn about strategies for working with people with limited health literacy and will practice using plain writing guidelines. They will share instances of weight bias that they have witnessed in their practice and discuss opportunities to advocate for people with obesity. Lastly, they will critically review popular diets and how they might fit in evidence-based practice settings in both adults and pediatrics. Through individual reflection, group discussion, and didactic portions, participants will enhance their ability to navigate these common challenges.

Learning Objectives:

1.    apply appropriate communication strategies in the presence of limited health literacy;

2.    implement protocols to prevent weight bias from affecting patient care;

3.    evaluate popular diets for use in a patient’s weight management plan.

Session Title: Physical Activity and Overweight and Obesity: Children, Youth and Adults

Description: This session will explore methods for assessing physical activity (PA) and fitness in children, adolescents, and adults. We will also examine physiologic and metabolic differences in healthy weight youth, and youth and adults with obesity. Evidence-based PA recommendations and guidelines for specific populations and special conditions which may require a referral will be discussed. Participants will experience various PA types and intensities and apply information to two case studies.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

1.    identify appropriate and reliable physical activity assessment & tracking tools for children and adults;

2.    identify impact of physical activity on physiologic and metabolic factors;

3.    utilize evidence-based recommendations and/or strategies for physical activity in the treatment of overweight obesity;

4.    recognize when a referral to an appropriate health professional of physical activity is warranted;

5.    apply physical activity knowledge and strategies to case studies.



Session Title:  Fundamentals of Pediatric Obesity

Description:   In this session, you will learn about the complex etiology of obesity in the pediatric population. This knowledge will encompass learning about the epidemiology, prevalence, demographics, pathophysiology, and the role of genetics in pediatric overweight and obesity. The learner will be able to ascertain how obesity in childhood leads to chronic disease and other risk factors in adulthood. 

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

1.    describe the epidemiology and prevalence of overweight and obesity in the pediatric population;

2.    relate chronic disease risk factors in a pediatric population to the presence of overweight and obesity;

3.    discuss the persistence of chronic disease risk factors and weight bias present in childhood and adolescence into adulthood;

4.    explain the pathophysiology of overweight and obesity;

5.    evaluate the genetic component in the prevalence and development of pediatric overweight and obesity.

Session Title:  Obesity Interventions through Childhood Scenarios

At the end of these sessions, participants will be able to:

Introduction and Prevention Scenario

Learning Objectives:

1.    identify physiologic, metabolic and psychological factors at critical stages of the life course that can be targets of obesity prevention efforts (maternal health (fetal programming), gestational weight gain, stages of growth in childhood, puberty);

2.    identify community partners to address the environmental, economic, psychosocial, and cultural factors contributing to pediatric obesity;

3.    list individual and community approaches for environmental change to prevent obesity among children and youth considering cultural and socioeconomic influences;

4.    identify strategies that promote positive nutrition (food and activity) messaging; including in the family, local community and media;

5.    describe strategies to promote sustainable collaboration between pertinent community agencies to address pediatric obesity.

First 1,000 Days Scenario

Learning Objectives:

1.    identify physiologic, metabolic and psychological factors at each stage of the life cycle that may predispose a patient to weight gain (e.g. maternal health (fetal programming) gestational weight gain, stages of growth in childhood, puberty, pregnancy, menopause, sarcopenia);

2.    describe age- and developmentally-appropriate activity patterns, feeding practices, eating behaviors for toddlers, children, and adolescents;

3.    describe the impact of parental food choices and feeding practices on pediatric eating behaviors and risk for developing overweight or obesity;

4.    compare strategies for prevention of excess weight gain at each stage of the life cycle.

Pharmacotherapy/Bariatric Surgery Scenario

Learning Objectives:

1.  describe the role of bariatric surgery as a treatment for obesity in adolescence;

2.  identify appropriate applications of bariatric surgery for obesity management in adolescence;

3.  implement evidence-based nutrition and physical activity guidelines for bariatric patients pre- and post-surgery, including diet protocols, micronutrient needs, and nutrition-related complications;

4.  describe the role of pharmacotherapy as a treatment for overweight and obesity in pediatric and adolescent population;

5.  identify appropriate weight loss medications for the management of obesity in the pediatric population.

Session Title: Adolescent Program Management and Practice Pearls

Description: This session will review evidence-based guidelines for obesity interventions in pediatrics and strategies to implement these care standards in participants’ practices. This panel-based session will highlight the experiences and challenges of three RDN participants working in a variety of practice settings to help participants implement evidenced-based strategies in their own practices to better align with gold standards of pediatric obesity intervention.

Learning Objectives:

1.    identify key stages and components when planning a new pediatric weight management program or revising an existing program using the development and future restructuring of a behavioral weight management program prototype;

2.    review theories, components, and efficacy of established pediatric weight management interventions with published outcome data;

3.    assess reimbursement potential for the MNT of pediatric overweight from third party payers to families and other healthcare providers and/or agencies, reflecting on the experience of a behavioral weight management program.



Obesity Interventions Through Adult Life Transitions Scenarios

Learning Objectives

At the end of these sessions, participants will be able to:

Young Adult Scenario

  1. generate a client-centered plan that will help frame realistic weight loss and weight loss maintenance trajectory.

Adult Scenario

1.  adapt weight management care plans as needed to optimize client/patient outcomes;

2.  incorporate use of FDA-approved weight loss medication to match client/patient nutrition diagnosis, co-morbidities and client’s/patient’s interests.

Mid- Adult Scenario

1.  describe the underlying pathophysiology that may be impeding a particular clients’ weight management success;

2.  recommend evidence-based dietary and eating strategies for weight management;

3.  adapt weight management care plans as needed to optimize client/patient outcomes;

4.  use critical thinking to problem-solve nutrition-related issues or concerns that arise during bariatric surgery follow-up and long-term maintenance of weight loss.

Older Adult Scenario

1.  outline an optimal weight management treatment plan based on current scientific literature, consensus recommendations, and practice guidelines;

2.  use critical thinking to problem-solve nutrition-related issues or concerns that arise during bariatric surgery follow-up and long-term maintenance of weight loss;

3.  interact with other healthcare providers in ways that support the client/patient;

4.  foster communications across the care team, and advocate for the skills and abilities of the RDN. 

Session Title: Adult Program Management and Practice Pearls

Description: This session will describe nontraditional settings for RDNs, emphasizing the necessity to know how the RDN is being paid, and how to show the value of the RDN to payers. This interactive session will highlight the nontraditional work settings for three RDN participants and challenge participants to think about how they are being paid for their nutrition/weight management services, and how to show their value to employers.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

1.  describe nontraditional work settings for RDNs;

2.  describe the Intensive Behavioral Therapy (IBT) for obesity benefit for Medicare beneficiaries;

3.  discuss methods for determining payment for RDN nutrition/weight management services and how to demonstrate value to payers and/or employers.