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TIME: Obesity, Nutrition and Behavior Change

This four-day course occurs after Scientific Foundations ends in December of Year One. The course uses lectures, e-lectures, small-group discussions, clinical skills training in the medical interview and counseling for behavior modification, as well as reflections on a personal attempt for lifestyle change.

Course Goals

By the end of this course, the students will be able to:

  • Describe approaches to the prevention and treatment of obesity in adults and children.
  • Discuss the biological, ethical, and public health aspects of obesity in adults and children.
  • Discuss how normal nutritional needs change over the life cycle from newborn through old age.
  • Obtain a thorough nutritional history.
  • Describe how nutrition, physical activity and other lifestyle choices affect health risks, lifespan, and quality of life.
  • Identify aspects of personal experiences with lifestyle change that can be applied to patient education and management.
  • Describe how to conduct a motivational interview to promote weight loss.

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Time Commitment and Course Length

The course runs for 14 hours over 4 days.

Typical schedule for TIME: Obesity, Nutrition and Behavior Change:

Time Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4
8 a.m. Lecture: Introduction; Demonstration of Nutrition Assessments Lecture: Clinical Skills Small Groups: Obesity Case 2 Lecture: Dietary Guidelines
9:30 a.m. Small Groups: Obesity Case 1 Small Groups: Clinical Skills Roleplay Students' Self Reflection on their attempts at Lifestyle Changes Interactive Discussion: Nutrition and Behavior Change in Clinical Practice
11 a.m. Small groups: Normal Nutrition 1 Ethics and Professionalism in Clinical Care Lecture: Exercise is Medicine
12:30 p.m. Small Groups: Normal Nutrition 2 Small Groups: Obesity Case 3

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