Body Composition and Health: Module 1

Program Date: 27 March 2020
Publication Date: 17 August 2023

Course Description:

In part 1 of this 2-part series, you’ll define body composition and review its terminology; differentiate between body mass index and body composition; summarize body composition assessment techniques; and more.

Course Objectives:

• Define body composition and review its terminology. 
• Differentiate between body mass index and body composition. 
• Summarize body composition assessment techniques. 
• Express the importance of including body composition assessment in clinical practice. 
• Identify body composition abnormalities associated with aging and acute/chronic conditions.
  • Run Time: 55

Course Instructor Bio(s)

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Carla Prado, PhD, RD

Director, Human Nutrition Research Unit 
Associate Professor/CAIP Chair 
Nutrition, Food & Health 
University of Alberta 
Edmonton, Canada

Dr Carla Prado is an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta and a Registered Dietitian. She holds a Campus Alberta Innovates Chair in Nutrition, Food and Health and is the Director of the Human Nutrition Research Unit, a state-of-the-art research and training facility. Dr Prado was recently recognized as one of the most influential young Canadian leaders, receiving Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award. 

Carla is an expert in body composition assessment. Her research program focuses on the identification and treatment of abnormalities in body composition (especially low muscle mass), with a special interest in cancer. The focus of her current research program is to develop targeted nutrition interventions for the prevention and treatment of low muscle mass in cancer. She shares her expertise as an Associate Editor of Clinical Nutrition and the Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle. 

Dr Prado received her Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Canada, and has completed further training at the Cross Cancer Institute (Canada), the National Institutes of Health (USA) and Newcastle University (UK).


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