Proper nutrition promotes health and has a role in preventing and managing diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity. Just as nutritional needs change over the lifespan, patients with chronic diseases need nutrition tailored to their specific medical conditions.
This toolkit seeks to equip PAs across all specialties and settings with the knowledge and skills to effectively address nutrition-related issues in their practice in order to promote optimal health for their patients. Use the resources here to earn relevant CME, improve patient care, advise patients and caregivers, and advocate for change.
Essential Nutrition Concepts for All PAs
If you’d like to offer more in-depth nutritional counseling to your patients, start with this free, AAPA-approved curriculum developed in partnership with The France Foundation and supported by Abbott Nutrition. Learn evidence-based guidance from PAs with nutrition expertise on topics like assessing a patient’s nutritional status, offering nutritional counseling, and developing a nutrition plan.
CME – Continuing Medical Education
Part of a series of activities on Chronic Disease and Nutrition, in this highly interactive, self-directed activity, expert faculty review the latest in nutrition for patients with cardiovascular disease. Topics covered include assessing nutritional health, heart and vascular healthy diets, and collaborating with patients.
Part of a series of activities on Chronic Disease and Nutrition, in this highly interactive, self-directed activity, expert faculty review the latest in nutrition for patients with pre-obesity or obesity. Topics covered include recognition and screening, therapeutic options, and collaborative care.
Part of a series of activities on Chronic Disease and Nutrition, in this highly interactive, self-directed activity, expert faculty review how culture effects nutritional health, including insights on collaborating with patients and case examples for review.
Programs & Events
Meet the 40 PAs selected by the PA Foundation for its new Nutrition Outreach Fellowship. These fellows will receive special training and resources on nutrition to enhance their clinical practice and to give back to their healthcare peers and the community at large.
Tools & Resources
This 3-part animated video series led by Corri Wolf PA-C, MS, RDN, uses a patient case to explain the role a PA plays in nutrition, nutritional counseling, and treatment.
Quality nutrition is critical to support a healthy immune system. There is a strong relationship between poor nutritional status and compromised immunity. Patients who are at the highest risk for compromised immune health are those who do not get adequate amounts of food in their diets, do not have access to foods with key nutrients, are malnourished, or have certain health conditions that may require additional nutrition support.
Created by Abbott Nutrition and The France Foundation in partnership with AAPA.
PAs are in a unique position to be leaders in nutrition management on behalf of their patients. Addressing nutrition in sensitive ways can have a significant impact on patients’ health. Here are five tips for PAs as they counsel patients on nutrition.
Holidays can be challenging for those who want to maintain their weight. Don’t let available holiday treats detract from overall healthy eating goals – yours or your patients! AAPA asked the PA Foundation’s Nutrition Outreach Fellows to share their best tips and tactics.
HMeal planning is critical for patients with type 2 diabetes and PAs can be challenged to provide recommendations to help patients to manage blood sugar levels. A new study provides evidence to help PAs advise patients about sensible options for diabetes-specific meal and snack replacement.
Abbott Nutrition recently cited PAs’ important role in nutrition care and in supporting healthcare metrics and key performance indicators that are critical for patient health. Matthew Wright, MS, PA-C, RD, commented on the research, nutrition care upon hospitalization and discharge, and calls to action for PAs.
The PA Foundation recently selected 40 PAs from across the country to be a part of the new Nutrition Outreach Fellowship. Through the fellowship, PAs will receive special training and resources on nutrition to both enhance their clinical practice and to give back to their healthcare peers and the community at large.
This brochure provides an overview of the benefits and considerations of 3 nutrition approaches: Macronutrient-based, Pattern-based, and Calorie-restricted, along with examples of popular diets that fall under each.
Help your patients learn the basics of building a healthy diet, including how much of each food group to include in their daily diet. This two-page brochure also provides tips for making healthy substitutions for snacks that may be sabotaging their weight loss journey.
Educate yourself on dietary guidelines, state-specific nutrition data, and more, in order to inform your conversations with patients.
Check out these videos from the PA Foundation that aim to enhance patient-provider conversations about nutrition and its role in overall health and wellness. Test your knowledge!
This comprehensive publication includes four overarching science-based dietary guidelines as well as key recommendations for each stage of life.
PA Ellen Mandel, who began her career as registered dietitian, explains how to include nutrition conversations in your patient visits, keeping in mind issues like food access and cultural considerations.
PA Ashlyn Smith and Chris Taylor, PhD in Nutritional Sciences, explore some key findings from the CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Learn how you can use some talking points from the survey to make your nutrition conversations with patients more productive.