The Importance of Nutrition for Optimizing Growth in Adolescence

Program Date: 4 November 2021
Publication Date: 18 November 2021
Continuing Education Units: Nurse Contact: 1.0; Dietitian CPEU: 1.0

Course Description:

In this course, you’ll discuss why adolescence is a critical period for future health; discuss the various elements of adolescent physiology and metabolism relevant to low- and middle-income countries; review emerging data on undernutrition in the adolescent age group; and discuss strategies for communication, patient engagement and behavior change. Originally presented at the 8th International Conference on Nutrition & Growth.

Course Objectives:

• Discuss why adolescence is a critical period for future health. 
• Discuss the various elements of adolescent physiology and metabolism relevant to low- and middle-income countries. 
• Review emerging data on undernutrition in the adolescent age group. 
• Discuss strategies for communication, patient engagement and behavior change.
  • CDR Level: 2
  • Performance Indicators: 2.1.3, 8.2.1
  • Run Time: 68

Course Instructor Bio(s)

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Robert Murray, MD, FAAP

Professor of Pediatrics, Pediatric and GI Nutrition 
The Ohio State University 
Columbus, OH, USA
Dr Robert Murray spent over 20 years in the field of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition in the Ohio State University School of Medicine and most recently was the director of the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition. He also served as the pediatric medical director for Abbott Nutrition from 2003-2006. For 10 years Dr Murray was a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on School Health, serving as chair in the final 4 years. He is a Board member of Action for Healthy Kids as well as of the Children’s Hunger Alliance, and previously served on the Board of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. Dr Murray is the immediate past-President of the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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Zulfiqar Bhutta, PhD, MBBS, FRCPCH, FAAP, DCH, FCPS

Robert Harding Chair, Global Child Health & Policy 
Co-Director, SickKids Centre for Global Health 
Senior Scientist, Research Institute, The Hospital for Sick Children 
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Dr Zulfiqar A. Bhutta is the Distinguished University Professor and Founding Director of the Institute for Global Health and Development and the Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health, at the Aga Khan University. He holds the Robert Harding Inaugural Chair in Global Child Health at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Co-Director of the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health, unique joint appointments. He also holds adjunct professorships at several leading Universities globally. Dr Bhutta is currently the Chairman of the Coalition of Centre’s in Global Child Health and the Executive Director of the NCD Child Secretariat based at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. He is a member of the Health Task Force for the Prime Minister of Pakistan and the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the National Institutes of Health, Pakistan. He also chairs the Biological & Health Sciences committee of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. 

Dr Bhutta has served on several international editorial advisory boards including the Lancet, BMJ, PLoS Medicine, PLoS ONE, PloS NTD, BMC Public Health, Population Health Metrics and the Cochrane CDPLG and ARI groups. He has published nine books, 140 book chapters, and over 1100 indexed publications to date, including > 250 in the world’s leading journal Lancet alone. He has received several awards over the years and was admitted to the National Academy of Medicine in October 2018, the highest academic and scientific platform in North America. Also, he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society, the oldest science body in the UK in 2020. 

Presently, Professor Bhutta is leading two global academic consortia; one working on integrated investments to improve child and adolescent health and nutrition across the sustainable development goals and a multi-national working group on addressing women and children’s health in response to COVID-19.

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Lauren Rice, MPH, RDN, CD

Clinical Pediatric Dietitian, Adolescent Medicine and UW LEAH 
Faculty Member, Seattle Children’s Hospital 
Seattle, WA, USA
Lauren Rice, MPH, RDN, CD is a Clinical Pediatric Dietitian in the Adolescent Medicine Clinic at Seattle Children’s Hospital in Washington State. Her clinical work focuses on providing nutrition counseling and education to adolescent patients and their caregivers. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition from The University of Washington where she received advanced interdisciplinary training in leadership, advocacy, cultural humility, and health services delivery for adolescents. Lauren is the Nutrition Faculty Member of the MCH-funded LEAH (Leadership Education in Adolescent Health) Fellowship that trains interdisciplinary future leaders in adolescent health. In 2019, she was awarded the Outstanding Preceptor of the Year from the University of Washington for exemplary student training and mentorship. She has a special interest in teaching healthcare providers to incorporate motivational interviewing skills into patient interactions to build rapport and support behavior change.
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