Pediatric Nutrition-Focused Physical Exam

Program Date: 24 September 2020
Publication Date: 24 September 2020
Continuing Education Units: Nurse Contact: 1.0; Dietitian CPEU: 1.0

Course Description:

In this course, Jodi Wolff, MS, RDN, LD, FAND, FAACPDM will explain the rationale for completing a nutrition-focused physical exam (NFPE) in pediatric patients; discuss the role of NFPE in identifying malnutrition; identify clinical signs of common nutrient deficiencies and toxicities; and assess hydration status.

Course Objectives:

  • Explain the rationale for completing a nutrition focused physical exam (NFPE) in pediatric patients.
  • Discuss the role of NFPE in identifying malnutrition.
  • Identify clinical signs of common nutrient deficiencies and toxicities.
  • Assess hydration status using the NFPE.

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  • CDR Level: 1
  • Performance Indicators: 8.1.1, 10.1.2, 10.2.5
  • Run Time: 49

Course Instructor Bio(s)

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Pediatric Dietitian, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital
Adjunct Professor, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH, USA

Jodi Wolff is a Pediatric Dietitian with 20 years of experience caring for children with complex medical needs such as metabolic disorders, renal, oncology, cystic fibrosis, critical care, and neurological impairment. Jodi is part of a multidisciplinary team caring for children with medical complexity at the Center for Comprehensive Care at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital care in Cleveland, Ohio.

Jodi received a Bachelor of Science degree from Youngstown State University and a Master of Science degree in Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio where she is currently an adjunct instructor at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine.

She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nutrition and the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. She was also appointed to serve as a member of ASPEN’s Malnutrition Committee.

Jodi has authored several book chapters and articles on topics including critical care, GI, malnutrition, and nutrition for children with neurological impairment. She developed the curriculum for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Nutrition Focused Physical Exam Hands-On Workshop and is a national speaker on topics such as Nutrition Focused Physical Exam and Pediatric Malnutrition. She believes that Nutrition Focused Physical Exam is an essential skill for clinicians working with pediatric patients and will allow for earlier identification and treatment of malnutrition, resulting in better outcomes and overall health.

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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