Inflammation is our body’s way of fighting infections, injuries, or toxins. In the short-term or acute stage, this is good as it promotes our body’s natural defense mechanisms to trigger an immune response of antibodies, proteins, and increased blood flow to the damaged area. However, if this response continues for more than a few days, it leads to a state of chronic inflammation which has a negative impact on the body. Chronic inflammation causes damage to cells, tissues, and organs leading to DNA damage, tissue death, and organ dysfunction. This course will break down chronic inflammation and how dietitians can use medical nutrition therapy to promote positive patient outcomes.
Upon successful completion of this one-hour course, the participant should be able to:
Describe the pathophysiology of chronic inflammation.
Identify role of the Registered Dietitian Nutrition in the treatment of chronic inflammation.
Explain how anti-inflammatory foods decrease inflammation in the body.
Recognize the health benefits of lowering inflammation in the body.
Live Webinar Date:
Aug 19, 2021 (04:00 PM - 05:00 PM EST)
About the Presenter: Nina Roofe, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND
Nina Roofe has been a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for 30 years. Throughout her career, Nina has served as a clinical dietitian in outpatient, inpatient, and consultant settings in Arkansas and Oklahoma. She has taught dietetics students since 2002 and is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Nutrition & Family Sciences.
Nina received the undergraduate degree in Dietetics from the University of Central Arkansas, and completed the dietetic internship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. While directing the Outpatient Nutrition Clinic at St. Francis Health System in Tulsa, she completed the Master of Science degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in Corporate Health Promotion. Nina earned the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education from Iowa State University.
Her research is focused on the impact of service learning on knowledge integration and specifically interprofessional educational strategies. Others areas of research include leadership development and appreciative inquiry. Dr. Roofe is a member of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) Board, is certified by the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences as a Nutrition and Wellness Educator (CNWE), and is serving a three-year term on the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Ethics Committee.