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102 Nutrition Fundamentals

Nutrition is a critical building block of good health, but is not emphasized in medical education, especially in the pediatric population. 

This course will help to close this knowledge gap and assist health care professionals in understanding how, when and what types of nutrition approaches and interventions might be used in conjunction with conventional therapies to enhance pediatric care. This is important because an accruing number of effective, safe, non-pharmaceutical nutrition-based therapies are available for children yet not widely known or taught to clinicians. One example of this is the Mediterranean diet, or anti-inflammatory diet, particularly with regards to protective cardiovascular effects.

The intent of this course is to focus on fundamental building blocks of nutrition and several core themes including: recognition and maintenance of healthy weight, critical time windows in a child's nutrition, building blocks of nutrition, integrating nutrition into the well child visit, the Mediterranean diet and ‘healthy-prudent’ diet patterns, overview of food allergies, Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, and an overview of environmental health issues and children's nutrition. 

 Clinicians who are updated on literature and clinical research in the field will be able to better counsel families and be prepared to offer more comprehensive treatment options.

Outcome Objectives

  • Identify pediatric patients that could potentially benefit from integrative medicine nutrition-focused treatment options. 
  • Determine which medical conditions have robust supporting evidence for the use of nutrition-based integrative medicine treatment options in children.
  • Teach clinicians how to better educate parents about nutrition-based integrative medicine treatment options for their children.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson and the Academy of Pediatric Integrative Medicine. The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson designates this activity for a maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. 
Passing the course requires completion of all lessons and a minimum 80% score on all course quizzes, with two attempts allowed per quiz.
Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Current CME approval period: January 28, 2021- January 27, 2023. Date of most recent review January 28, 2021.

All CME-approved Faculty, CME Planning Committee Members, and the CME Office Reviewers have disclosed that they do not have any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests that would constitute a conflict of interest concerning this activity.


Hilary McClafferty, MD