Therapeutic Food Plans

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Therapeutic Food Plans: A Component of Personalized Nutrition was developed in collaboration with the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) to educate clinicians and other nutrition professionals on the customization and clinical applications of IFM’s suite of therapeutic food plans to meet the individual health needs of patients.

This interactive, online learning course offers case-based scenarios with diverse patients profiles to demonstrate real-world application and personalization of each food plan. Clinicians will be able to design personalized, therapeutic food plans for their patients, taking into account their unique dietary needs and preferences. This course increases point-of-care skills and provides the necessary tools to address modifiable lifestyle factors that may be influencing dietary patterns. This course will benefit clinicians who work closely with patients on nutrition, as well as other nutrition oriented healthcare workers.

Therapeutic Food Plans examines the role of nutrition within the Functional Medicine framework and how selecting therapeutic foods can impact many chronic conditions. This course offers over 46 toolkit resources that are available to download and share with patients.

Clinicians will develop mastery of nine Functional Medicine food plans including features, scientific rationale, customization, troubleshooting, and patient engagement tips for the following:

  • Core Food Plan
  • Cardiometabolic Food Plan
  • GI-Specific Food Plans (Anti-Candida, Low-FODMAP, Specific Carbohydrate Diet)
  • Detox Food Plan
  • Mito Food Plan
  • Phytonutrient Spectrum

Through this course, clinicians will be able to select and personalize an appropriate food plan based on their patient’s unique set of health concerns and lifestyle preferences. Clinicians from all disciplines are encouraged to join the course, especially if they work closely with patients on nutrition.

There are over seven hours of interactive materials, including videos, case studies, quizzes, and numerous patient-facing resources for each food plan. Clinicians will have exclusive access to IFM’s Food Plan Video Series, a collection of video resources to share with patients. Cohort members will also have access to a Facebook group with educators and other experienced nutrition professionals to network and share best practices.

ANA Members are eligible for a 10% discount to this course (view link to receive discount code within ANA Member Portal).

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What Clinicians Will Learn
  • Established and emerging therapeutic and prevention strategies.
  • How to design nutritional interventions to improve patient engagement and outcomes.
  • How to utilize IFM tools to recognize and address nutritional inadequacies and dietary patterns that may be impacting health.
  • Selecting and personalizing the most appropriate IFM therapeutic food plan for an individual’s health concerns and dietary needs or preference.
  • Identifying appropriate therapeutic foods for different conditions and overall wellness Increased facility with point-of-care skills and tools to address modifiable lifestyle factors ]
  • Explaining Functional Nutrition concepts to individuals, thereby improving their awareness of the role nutrition plays in overall health and well-being.
Tools and Takeaways

Your enrollment in the course includes a comprehensive nutrition toolkit, with strategies to enhance your practice and patient care approaches. These include:

  • Over seven hours of interactive materials, exploring each of IFM’s nine food plans, divided into segments so learners can come and go as they please within a 45-day timeframe.
  • Access to 46 of IFM’s proprietary toolkit resources, available to download and share with patients. These include: comprehensive guides for each food plan with weekly shopping lists and recipes, intake forms, assessment questionnaires, patient handouts, and nutrition resources.
  • A listing on ANA’s Professional Directory for those who have completed Therapeutic Food Plans and meet the ANA’s eligibility and listing requirements.
  • An invitation to join an IFM-hosted private Facebook group for community interaction for the duration of the course.
  • Expert moderators will help facilitate discussions.
  • Exclusive access IFM’s Food Plan Video Series for patient
CME Information

The Institute for Functional Medicine designates this other activity (a semi-synchronous online cohort) for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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