July 9, 2014

Obesity and Down Syndrome: Strategies for Health Professionals

Join us for Part II of our Obesity and Special Needs series which will focus on treatment methods for overweight and obese individuals with Down syndrome. From medical concerns to eating behaviors, increase your understanding of the factors that contribute to weight gain in this population.  The ability for individuals with Down syndrome to make food choices for behavior change as an independent versus shared process is discussed. Health professionals will review how to best support this behavior change process to enable others to attain a balanced lifestyle.


Patricia Novak MPH, RD, CLE. For the past thirty years, Patricia has worked with children and families focusing on feeding. Her experience has included inpatient lactation support, early intervention programs, interdisciplinary feeding clinics and teenage eating disorders. She has authored articles and presented internationally with emphasis on Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, relation-based feeding intervention and weight control for children with special needs. 

Title:            Obesity and Down Syndrome: Strategies for Health Professionals
Date:            Wednesday, July 9th
Time:           12:00PM - 1:00PM EST
CE Credit:   1.0 contact hour, 1.0 CPE

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Upon completing this activity, the learner will be able to:

  • List common nutrition-related concerns more prevalent among individuals with Down syndrome that can contribute to weight management concerns.
  • Identify effective ways to improve teaching, coaching methods for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Details on CE Credits
To receive a CE certificate, you must individually register online for the webinar, attend the full program and complete an online evaluation.

Villanova University College of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation.

Villanova University College of Nursing / Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE) is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (VN0001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).