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Continuing Education: Nutritional Interventions for Diabetes and Other Chronic Diseases

Nutritional Interventions for Diabets and Other Chronic DiseasesNext month, the Nutritional Interventions for Diabetes and Other Chronic Diseases continuing education program will teach health care professionals a plant-based approach for treating chronic diseases.

This daylong program that takes place on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will explore the growing body of scientific evidence that supports plant-based nutrition for prevention and reversal of heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers, and other chronic diseases.

According to the American Dietetic Association, “Appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.” And the American Diabetes Association’s position statement states that “plant-based diets (vegan or vegetarian) that are well planned and nutritionally adequate have also been shown to improve metabolic control.”

“This nutrition approach brings hope that the prevalence and progression of these pervasive conditions can be halted,” says Caroline Trapp, M.S.N., C.D.E., PCRM’s director of diabetes education and care. “A plant-based diet has been demonstrated to be safe, effective, affordable, sustainable, and nutritionally adequate.”

Nurses, dietitians, certified diabetes educators, physicians, and other health care professionals will:

  • Learn an easy-to-implement approach with proven results.
  • Add a new treatment option to fight diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic diseases.
  • Explore practical strategies and receive useful resources for medical management of patients implementing a new dietary approach.
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch and earn continuing education credits.

In addition to Trapp, speakers include Neal Barnard, M.D., PCRM president and nutrition researcher, and Elizabeth Seeley, R.D., L.D., PCRM Food for Life instructor and public health nutritionist.

Nutritional Interventions for Diabetes and Other Chronic Diseases will offer continuing education credits under the auspices of The George Washington University Medical Center’s Office of Continuing Education in the Health Professions. Credits are pending for physicians, nurses, registered dietitians, and registered dietitian technicians. This activity is sponsored by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.



Caroline Trapp, M.S.N., A.P.R.N., B.C.-ADM, C.D.E.
Caroline Trapp, M.S.N., A.P.R.N., B.C.-ADM, C.D.E.


PCRM Online, January 2011

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