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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.

Course Director

Photo of Dr. Kimberly Anne Gudzune, M.D., M.P.H.

Gudzune, Kimberly Anne, M.D., M.P.H.

Associate Professor of Medicine


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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