March 2014

Diet, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer

Over 85% of the U.S. population is aware of “cancer genes”, but only 48% believe that overweight / obesity plays a significant role in cancer risk. Find out more about the evidence base for diet and physical activity in the prevention of cancer, with a particular focus on colorectal, breast and prostate cancers.  Evidence based personal recommendations for the prevention of all cancer types will be discussed.

Elizabeth (Liz) Ruder PhD, MPH, RD

Elizabeth (Liz) Ruder PhD, MPH, RD is a nutritional epidemiologist and registered dietitian with expertise in cancer control and prevention and dietary assessment. She holds a PhD in nutrition science from the Pennsylvania State University, a MPH with concentration in epidemiology and biostatistics from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and completed post-doctoral training as a Cancer Prevention Fellow at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sports Medicine & Nutrition in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Science at the University of Pittsburgh where she also serves as the Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics.

Title:             Diet, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer
Date:            Thursday March 27th
Time:            12:00PM - 1:00PM EDT
CE Credit:     1.0 contact hour, 1.0 CPE, 1 CEC

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

  • Describe the biologic rationale for adiposity and physical inactivity in the development of cancer.
  • Provide evidence based personal recommendations to clients for prevention of all cancer types.

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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).

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