Crohn's Disease
CROHN'S DISEASE AND MALNUTRITION: A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO IDENTIFYING AND TREATING NUTRIENT DEFICIENCIES
By participating in this webinar, nutrition professionals will gain a broader understanding of Crohn’s disease and Malnutrition from a Registered Dietitian with a complex personal history of the disease. Detailed nutritional assessments should be targeted at identifying specific nutrient deficiencies and clinical manifestations of malnutrition common to patients with Crohn’s  disease. Improved quality of life and longer periods of disease remission are possible when  appropriate nutrition interventions are implemented. 
Upon successful completion of this one-hour course, the participant should be able to:
  • Understand the effects of chronic bowel inflammation on digestion and nutrient absorption.


  • Identify frequently reported disease side effects that lead to decreased nutrient intake and list specific nutrient deficiencies commonly diagnosed in CD patients.


  • Describe conservative nutrition interventions for patients with non-severe and moderately severe CD.


  • Determine appropriate uses of Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition to induce and maintain remission in CD as well as treat associated malnutrition.


  • Understand the role of calcium and vitamin D supplementation in preventing and/or minimizing bone disease in CD patients treated with corticosteroids.


  • Provide appropriate hydration guidelines for CD patients with ileostomies.


  • Briefly identify alternative nutrition therapies for the treatment of CD including the Low FODMAP diet and Anti-inflammatory diets.
Live Event Date: May 26, 2016
Learning Need Codes (LNC): 3070, 5130, 5220, 5280
Performance Indicators/Learning Objectives: 10.2.3, 10.2.7, 10.4.2, 10.4.4
Target Audience: RDs, DTRs
Number of Credits: 1.0
Level(s): 1, 2
Total Cost: $18 ($18.00 per credit)

About the Presenter: Kerri Brown, MS, RD, LDN
Kerri Brown

Kerri Brown, MS, RD, LDN, received her Bachelor’s degree as well as her Master’s degree in Nutrition Science from the University of Tennessee. There she also completed a clinically focused Dietetic Internship that confirmed her passion to practice in an inpatient setting. She has worked as a clinical dietitian for Morrison’s Healthcare at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville for seven years. Kerri has cultivated clinical expertise in long­term acute care and nutrition education for pre and post operative gastrointestinal disorders. For several years she has served as a guest lecturer for undergraduate and graduate level students at the University of Tennessee on the topic of Crohn’s Disease and Malnutrition.

Because Kerri was diagnosed with severe Crohn’s Disease in early childhood, she has an enthusiasm for this patient population and a unique understanding of the nutritional risks associated with this severe disease.