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Introduction To Food & Health

Stanford Medicine and Stanford University via edX



Internet Enduring Material Sponsored by the Stanford University School of Medicine.

We find ourselves facing global epidemics of obesity and diabetes. To address these public health crises, we urgently need to explore innovative educational strategies for physicians and the general public. Physicians who eat a healthy, balanced diet and who understand what that entails, are more effective at counseling their patients to improve their health behaviors. This CME activity provides a practical approach to supporting healthy eating for a variety of medical needs. Through the use of didactic videos, animated cases, and interactive activities course participants will gain proficiency in recommending well-established nutritional practices and assessing barriers to healthy eating for patients and physicians alike. By evaluating personal eating behaviors and barriers to healthy eating, physicians will emerge from the course better equipped to support sustainable positive change in their patients’ food choices while simultaneously having an opportunity to embark on optimizing their own nutritional health.

Intended Audience

This course is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians in primary care, family practice, and internal medicine as well as nurse practitioners, physician assistants and allied health professionals involved in nutritional assessment and education of patients.


In support of improving patient care, Stanford Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. ****

Credit Designation
American Medical Association (AMA)

The Stanford University School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. ****

If you would like to earn CME credit from Stanford University School of Medicine for participating in this course, please review the information here prior to beginning the activity.

Additional Instructors

Tandy Aye, MD
Alice Lyman Miller, PhD
Ben Barres, MD, PhD

Taught by

Maya Adam, Tim Dang and Jennifer Deitz


4.3 rating, based on 3 Class Central reviews

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  • Elise Miller
    This course is intended for medical professsionals. I am not in the profession but it provided me with tools to look at my own nutrition and health. Great starting point. I enjoyed the course
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    Zheng Li
    The course is designed for professionals but also offers practical information for everyone who wants to improve their eating habit and overall health. There are useful tips easy to remember when choosing the food to eat, and it encourage people to cook more.
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    Vero H.
    Although the course is suppoused to be for health professionals, it's pretty easy to get through as a non-health professional. I learned quite a lot about healthy eating, nutrients and food cunsumption. Everything is explained clearly.

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