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The Application of Plant-Based Diets for Health Practitioners

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Studies have found, among cardiac patients, perceived low-quality of care was associated with not receiving critical diet and lifestyle advice. Simultaneously, there is growing awareness that common chronic diseases are profoundly linked to diet and lifestyle practices. The US Preventive Services Task Force recommends all overweight and obese patients with heart disease risk factors be referred to intensive behavioral interventions. As a result, the scientific advisory panel for the US Dietary Guidelines Committee has advised more plant-based diets be recommended as a means of treating such diseases. This on-demand series addresses the research and application of plant-based diets in medical practice.

Developed by the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, the lesson series provides detailed subject matter with lectures from Thomas Campbell, MD, a board-certified family medicine physician and the medical director of the University of Rochester Weight Management and Lifestyle Center at Highland Hospital. Dr. Campbell is also the author of The China Study Solution (The Campbell Plan in hardcover) and co-author of the internationally bestselling book The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health.

  • Know the current state of health while considering a new approach to health, nutrition, and lifestyle.
  • Define a plant-based diet and the effects of plant-based nutrition on various chronic diseases.
  • Acquire an understanding of how plant-based nutrition affects the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis through early observational research.
  • Adjust medication for diabetic patients as they transition to a plant-based diet.
  • Develop a strategy to help patients change and address challenges such as social factors, their environment and food addiction.
  • Establish alternative counseling practices using principles from motivational interviewing and stages of change models.
  • Foster practices to better counsel patients to optimize their willpower without using paternalistic models.
  • Identify obstacles in setting up a nutrition and lifestyle program within a traditional medical model and establish strategies to address them.
  • Defining Plant-Based Nutrition and its Broad Benefits
  • Plant-Based Nutrition and Ischemic Heart Disease
  • Plant-Based Nutrition and Diabetes
  • Challenges to Behavior Change and Food Addiction
  • Counseling Patients to Change: Better Addressing Barriers
  • Setting up Diet and Lifestyle Programs in Medicine
  • Medical Practitioners

    These lessons are designed to meet the educational needs of physicians from a wide variety of specialties including cardiology, family practice, primary care, internal medicine, neurology and oncology, pediatrics, neurology, psychiatry.

    Medical School Programs

    As supplemental material to integrate into your current curriculum, this series provides the pertinent information and practices for today’s medical professionals. The subject-matter within this program is designed to compliment the syllabi within your established medical programs.

    Thomas Campbell, MD

    Thomas Campbell, MD

    Medical director of the Weight Management & Lifestyle Center at Highland Hospital, part of the University of Rochester, where he sees individuals and groups to work on diet and lifestyle approaches to health. A board certified family physician and diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine.

    Dr. Campbell received his medical degree from the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and completed residency training in Family Medicine at the University of Rochester, Highland Hospital.

    These lessons have been approved for the following continuing education credits from the Foundation of Care Management:

    5 AMA Category 1 credits for MD’s | 5 CNE’s for RN’s | 5 CPE’s for pharmacists