5054.0 Integrating Nutrition into Medical and Dental Care and Training

Wednesday, October 31, 2012: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Research has shown that most graduating medical students in the U.S. feel that their nutrition education during medical school was inadequate. Surveys have also shown that most doctors in the U.S. do not address weight with their overweight patients. The presentations in this session describe research and interventions that focus on the integration of nutrition education and promotion within a broader health care community, including among medical students, physicians, dentists and dental hygienists, and health workers. The first presentation describes an intervention teaching medical students hands-on nutrition and communication skills in a teaching kitchen. The second presentation describes a survey that was conducted to assess the attitudes and perceptions of dentists and dental hygienists regarding their role in addressing childhood obesity. The third presentation describes an assessment conducted in two East African countries on the knowledge of nutrition issues among health workers and their perceived capacity to address nutrition needs at the community level. Finally, the last presentation describes an intervention using a web-based course to train primary care physicians on their role in addressing weight and strategies for quick and effective counseling practices. Speakers will discuss findings and provide suggestions for strengthening the nutrition-related knowledge, attitudes, and skills of those trained and working in health care settings.
Session Objectives: 1. Discuss current findings related to the attitudes of physicians and others in the medical community regarding their nutrition knowledge and perceived role in nutrition assessment and counseling; and 2. Identify strategies for strengthening the nutrition knowledge, skills, and perceived capacity of those in the medical community.
Leah Rimkus, MPH, RD

Teaching medical students how to cook: An innovative approach towards nutrition education in a medical school curriculum
Benjamin Leong, MS, MPH, Dominique Monlezun, BA, Layla Abu-Shamat, BA, Danielle Kay, BS and Timothy Harlan, MD
Perceptions and practices of Tennessee dentists regarding assessment and prevention of childhood obesity
Erica Rosenberger Hale, MS, Marino Bruce, PhD, MDiv, Waletha Wasson, DDS, Joanna Buscemi, PhD and Bettina M. Beech, DrPH, MPH
Assessing mid-level health worker capacity to implement nutrition services in Tanzania and Uganda
Manisha Tharaney, MPH, MSW, Anu Narayan, MA, Brenda Namugumya, Masters in Nutrition, Grace Muhoozi, Masters in Nutrition, Peter Rukundo, Masters in Nutrition and Onesmo Mella, MPH, MA
Effect of a diet, physical activity and weight counseling web course on physician reports and clinical behaviors
Patricia Markham Risica, DrPH, RD, Martin Weinstock, MD, PhD, Rachel Voss, MPH, Alina Markova, BA and Waqas Shaikh, BS

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Organized by: Food and Nutrition
Endorsed by: Community Health Planning and Policy Development

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH) , Masters Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)

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