Addressing Weight Stigma in the Healthcare Setting

Program Date: 18 July 2023
Publication Date: 21 December 2023
Continuing Education Units: Nurse Contact: 1.0; Dietitian CPEU: 1.0

Course Description:

In this course, Laura Andromalos, MS, RN, RD, CSOWM, CDCES will discuss the concepts of weight stigma and the obesity paradox; discuss respectful language guidelines; and review how healthcare professionals can address weight stigma. Originally presented as a live webinar on July 18, 2023.

Course Objectives:

• Discuss the concepts of weight stigma and the obesity paradox in critically ill patients. 
• Discuss respectful language guidelines and how healthcare professionals can address weight stigma.
  • CDR Level: 2
  • Performance Indicators: 2.1.3, 2.2.2, 4.2.7
  • Run Time: 33

Course Instructor Bio(s)

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Laura Andromalos, MS, RN, RD, CSOWM, CDCES

Labor and Delivery Nurse 
Hennepin Healthcare 
Minneapolis, MN, USA
Laura Andromalos has 13 years of experience in obesity and diabetes management. In 2022, she graduated from nursing school and is now working as a bilingual labor and delivery nurse at Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she combines her dual disciplines to support the health of women and newborns. She was previously the clinical nutrition manager at the University of Minnesota Medical Center where she managed a team of 31 dietitians in the inpatient and outpatient settings and supported clinical nutrition initiatives and quality improvement. She has also worked as a bilingual certified diabetes educator coach in the telehealth setting with Cecelia Health, as the bariatric coordinator at Northwest Weight and Wellness Center in Everett, Washington, and as the bariatric nutrition manager at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Ms. Andromalos’ research has focused on patient education before and after bariatric surgery; she has presented widely on nutrition optimization for people with obesity and type 2 diabetes. She holds leadership positions in the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and the Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group (WM DPG) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Ms. Andromalos is also a member of the Exam Committees for the CSOWM and CDCES credentials. In recent years, Ms. Andromalos received the ASMBS Excellence in Nutrition Award and the WM DPG Excellence in Emerging Practice Award.
Abbott Nutrition’s Provider Statement for Nursing CEs:

Abbott Nutrition Health Institute is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing Provider #CEP 11213.

Abbott Nutrition’s Statement for Dietitian CPEUs:

This educational activity has been prior-approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). CDR credentialed practitioners will receive the specified continuing professional education units (CPEUs) for completion of this program/material.


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