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Level 2 Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management Program On-Site Course Learning Objectives

  • Discuss obesity as an inflammatory disease and describe the role of abdominal obesity and food modulations.
  • Describe the influence of physical activity on adipose tissue metabolism.
  • Discuss the role of fat, protein and carbohydrate intake and their role in the pathophysiology of obesity.
  • Discuss the medical complications of obesity, and the physiological benefits of weight loss.
  • Describe the future for weight management, including pharma targets.
  • Define and demonstrate client-centered counseling techniques.
  • Describe the key elements of motivational interviewing as a client-centered counseling technique.
  • Apply client-centered counseling techniques during small group role plays.
  • Describe the process of helping patients that are resistant to change utilizing motivational interviewing.
  • Describe and demonstrate self-reflection of motivational interviewing interaction.
  • Describe new healthcare systems and models, such as accountable care organizations and the patient-centered medical home, and the importance of measuring effectiveness of weight management services provided by RDs.
  • Describe new payment models for weight management reimbursement
  • Describe the medical nutrition therapy (MNT) current procedural terminology (CPT) codes and identify when each should be used.
  • Describe the process to become a credentialed provider with a healthcare provider.
  • List five resources to assist with MNT reimbursement that can be found on the on the ADA website.
  • Discuss practice models for implementing the Intensive Behavioral Treatment benefit in private practice and hospital settings.
  • Describe research interpretation skills, how to select appropriate indicators and measures to evaluate outcomes, and research project skills.
  • Discuss the National Weight Control Registry and the major characteristics of “successful” losers.
  • Describe the role of physical activity for obesity and weight maintenance.
  • Discuss strategies for relapse prevention.
  • Describe the "spectrum of prevention" activities to curb obesity and potential roles for RDs along the change continuum (from individual change to policy change).
  • Based on community assessment pre-work, describe relevant strategies to improve nutrition and physical activity.
  • Describe the various levels of change (individual through policy) that a comprehensive obesity prevention strategy must entail.