Plant Based Diets
MAXIMIZING THE BENEFITS OF PLANT BASED-DIETS: BALANCING NUTRIENT NEEDS AND PATIENT PREFERENCES
Vegetarian diets have long been associated with numerous health benefits, and as more and more Americans embrace plant based eating, it is likely you will have a client approach you with questions about this diet. The recently updated position paper by the Academy and the example vegetarian pattern in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans provide framework for developing healthy plant based meals and can address common concerns about getting in enough protein, calcium, or iron. Debbie will also share practical tips for your clients wanting to make this dietary transition and reap the benefits of eating more plants!
Upon successful completion of this one-hour course, the participant should be able to:
  • List the advantages of a plant based diet.


  • Summarize how clients meet protein, calcium and iron needs on a plant based diet and discuss other nutrients of interest.


  • Describe the Dietary Guidelines for American's example vegetarian pattern and strategies for moving toward a plant based diet.
Live Event Date: May 16, 2017
Learning Need Codes (LNC): 2000, 2010, 2020, 4110
Performance Indicators/Learning Objectives: 8.1.1, 8.3.6, 8.4.1, 9.3.1
Target Audience: RDs, DTRs, Health Professionals
Number of Credits: 1.0
Level(s): 1
Total Cost: $18 ($18.00 per credit)

About the Presenter: Debbie Petitpain, MS, RDN, LDN
Debbie Petitpain

Debbie Petitpain, MS, RDN, LDN is is the Sodexo Wellness Director at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. She has been a registered dietitian nutritionist for more than 15 years and enjoys working with people looking to make dramatic diet and lifestyle changes to lose weight, improve their medical problems and get healthier! Currently, she works in the Office of Health Promotion creating programs and policies to promote wellness at work and to address food insecurity in the community. She graduated from the College of Charleston, received her Masters in Nutrition from Boston University and completed her dietetic training in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is currently volunteering as a national Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is doing a fellowship on food security with the Academy Foundation. At home, she and her husband model to their two young daughters how food nourishes the body, gives us energy, helps us grow and connects us to our community.

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