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Cardiovascular Nutrition & Fitness - CHES67
Cardiovascular Nutrition & Fitness

CHES67 l 10.00 contact hrs
by Ellen Coleman, RD, MA, MPH, CSSD
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Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the initiation, progression and consequences of atherosclerosis.
  2. Identify and define the different types of cholesterol, and explain the role of low-density lipoprotein in cardiovascular disease.
  3. Define exogenous, endogenous and reverse cholesterol transport.
  4. Define familial hypercholesterolemia, and discuss the relative importance of high serum cholesterol, heredity, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, sex, age and cigarette smoking as risk factors for atherosclerosis.
  5. Define saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, and explain their significance to the development of atherosclerosis.
  6. Explain the difference between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and discuss their effect on serum cholesterol and atherosclerosis.
  7. Discuss the relationship between calories and fat intake in the American diet.
  8. Define the Cholesterol/Saturated Fat Index (CSI); explain its significance.
  9. Identify the two kinds of dietary fiber, explain the effects of them on serum cholesterol, and cite food sources for both.
  10. Explain how insulin resistance affects cardiovascular disease risk.
  11. Explain the effects of dietary protein, alcohol and coffee on serum cholesterol and cardiovascular disease risk.
  12. Discuss dietary aspects of hypertension and its significance for heart disease risk.
  13. Discuss the major studies of diet and CVD risk, and explain the consensus recommendations for dietary change.
  14. Define Step One and Step Two diets; design meal plans incorporating these principles.
  15. Explain the rationale for very-low-fat, high-carbohydrate (VLFHC) diets.
  16. Name the major cholesterol-lowering drugs, and list criteria for drug therapy.
  17. Discuss the role of exercise in promoting health, fitness and weight loss.
  18. Design exercise programs for individuals with major cardiovascular disease risk factors.
  19. Discuss the significance of high serum cholesterol in children, and explain how risk assessment, screening and counseling can be integrated into a treatment and prevention plan.
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Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including dietitians, health educators, and fitness professionals.
Health educators: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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Sponsored by, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 10.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours.
Provider ID: CA0084.

This course will be updated or discontinued on or before 12/31/2015

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