Webinar Series


November 13 2019, 12PM - 1PM EST 

Ruth Loos, Ph.D. 


Using Genetic Information to Predict and Treat Obesity: Are We Ready for Precision Medicine? 


With a growing understanding of the genetic basis of diseases, the expectation is that genetics will soon revolutionize health care. Online genomic companies offer genetic testing directly-to-consumers (DTC), many of which focus on diet, nutrition, physical performance, and fitness. These companies claim that, based on their customer’s genotype data, they can design “genetically matched-diets”. Furthermore, genetics is also being used to predict future risk of disease, such as obesity, using polygenic risk scores (PRSs). Some claim that a PRS can identify people-at-risk early in life, allowing prevention to start at a young age. What does this all mean for health professionals fielding questions from confused consumers about this new technology? This webinar will review the scientific evidence that supports (or not) personalizing lifestyle recommendations and predicting obesity based on genetic information.


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December 11 2019, 12PM - 1PM EST 

Geeta Sikand, MA, RDN, FAND, CDE, CLS, FNLA


Prevention of ASCVD in South Asians: Impact of Diet Modification and Physical Activity as Primary Intervention 


South Asian (SA) ethnicity, which includes persons from India, Bangadesh, Butahn, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, is listed as an enhanced risk factor for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) in the 2018 Cholesterol Management Guidelines from the American Heart Association (AHA) et al.  Health practitioners may be unfamiliar with the dietary and lifestyle patterns of South Asians, limiting counseling effectiveness. This webinar will provide health practitioners with culturally appropriate diet and lifestyle recommendations and practical resources to help equip practitioners with culturally relevant counseling skills within the context of the AHA/American College of Cardiology heart healthy dietary patterns for their SA patients and clients.


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