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Nutrition and Obesity — What You Need to Know

Dec. 30, 2010

With obesity quickly becoming the most common nutritional problem among children and adults, and often an underlying factor affecting digestive disorders, it is essential for gastroenterologists to understand the role of nutrition and obesity in digestive disorders and to take them into consideration when developing treatment plans. The AGA's nutrition toolkit series, a collection of online self-assessment modules, is designed to support the gastroenterologist's role in treating and managing obesity- and nutrition-related issues as they relate to digestive diseases.

The latest module from the series, Nutritional Management of Celiac Disease, offers information and strategies on how to best counsel patients on maintaining a gluten-free diet, overcoming the barriers to staying gluten free and ensuring proper nutrition. Participants can earn up to 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™.

Other modules in the toolkit series include:
•    Nutrition Therapy in Acute Pancreatitis.
•    Nutrition and IBD.
•    Obesity for the Gastroenterologist.
•    Nutrition in the Patient with Liver Disease.

Each online module includes slides with corresponding audio delivered by subject-matter experts as well as pre- and post-test questions. A score report will be provided upon completion.

The nutrition toolkit series is an online education component of the AGA Institute's nutrition and obesity initiative. The initiative includes access to AGA Institute obesity-related educational materials located under the nutrition and obesity topic area of the practice resource library. Additional modules on obesity- and nutrition-related issues are in development and will be made available throughout the year.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 credits™.

Nutritional Management of Celiac Disease is sponsored by the General Mills Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition.

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