Understanding Food Choices and Chronic or Complex Illness
Nutrition in Palliative Care Course
Food choices have a significant impact on health and wellbeing at every stage of life. For people with chronic or complex illnesses, good nutrition is an essential part of high quality, holistic palliative care.
This 2-hour online course provides an evidence-based understanding of why food is medicine and gives healthcare professionals practical strategies to guide patients and families in using nutrition to optimize health and improve quality of life.
This self-paced online course looks at the role of nutrition in palliative care, the importance of food quality, how social determinants of health affect accessibility to healthy food options, and strategies for using healthy food choices to connect families to their culture and identity.
What You’ll Learn
People with serious illnesses need high quality whole person palliative care that supports their physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Good nutrition is key to that holistic approach.
This interactive self-paced course provides an overview of palliative care and integrative medicine. It explores the relationship between nutrition, health, and disease. And uses evidence-based principles to promote healthy food choices that support patients’ cultural traditions around food.
By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:
- Define a palliative care approach to supportive nutrition
- Understand the link between nutrition and mental health
- Use the Food Story tool to get a holistic understanding of nourishment
- Recognize the role of cultural and spiritual traditions in nutrition
- Describe the impact of food quality and the key principles of a healthy diet
- Identify common nutritional myths
- Use evidence-based principles to promote optimal nutrition
Buy the Food Is Medicine series for $99. Learn more.
What You’ll Earn
2 continuing education (CE) credits approved by the following accreditation bodies:
|This curriculum was developed by experts in nutritional science, palliative care, and integrative medicine, with support from The Westreich Foundation.||
Jennifer Breen, MPH, MEd, is a chef, consultant, and educator who teaches culinary nutrition for undergraduate and graduate healthcare professionals at the University of Minnesota. She also serves on the faculty at the Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing.
Kate Shafto, MD, FACP, FAAP, is a board-certified physician in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Integrative Medicine who works at the University of Minnesota and Hennepin Healthcare. She is a course director in the Medical School, and her clinical work is in Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine at Hennepin Healthcare in the area of Pain Management.
Susan Montgomery, RN, BSN, MA, is an expert in palliative care nursing who has cared for infants and children in the neonatal ICU, the pediatric ICU, and as a pediatric hospice nurse, as well as for adults in critical care and hospice.