Optimizing Health in Children with Whole Food, Plant-based

Optimizing Health in Children with Whole Food, Plant-based
Part of LM2020 On Demand: Health Restored Virtual Conference

Optimizing Health in Children with Whole Food, Plant-based Nutrition 

Prices per Course NOTE: ACLM members receive an exclusive 20% discount. 
Nonmember - $50
Member - $40 

1 CME/CNE/CE Credit
1 CPE Credits
(Full Accreditation information listed below)

In this session, we will discuss the importance and impact of childhood nutrition in terms of both adult-onset and pediatric diseases, highlighting cardiovascular disease, cancer, obesity, and diabetes as well as asthma and constipation. We'll discuss how childhood nutrition establishes taste preferences and eating habits that can last a lifetime. We'll review the nutritional needs during childhood including differences in macronutrients compared to adults. I'll give an example day for a plant-based toddler and show how these needs can be met with whole plant foods. We'll spend a fair amount of time discussing the importance of breast milk and how it perfectly dovetails with the nutritional needs of a growing toddler. And contrast that to cow's milk and how it is not formulated to meet the needs of human infants and toddlers. We'll review the differences between human and cow's milk and how those differences, namely a very high BCAA protein content, result in accelerated growth for kids, which is not health promoting. We'll compare the plant-based milks and go over my recommendations for the best plant-based milk for young children and why. Finally, we'll cover all the most common questions that parents and providers have in terms of a plant-based diet for kids starting with how a plant-based diet affects children's growth and how growth patterns, including timing of puberty, differ between plant-based kids and omnivorous kids. We'll discuss the health effects of soy intake on both adults and kids and why soy can and should be part of a healthy diet. We'll review the calcium RDA's and how to optimize bone health for kids, especially plant-based kids who may have lower intakes of calcium. We'll cover how iron needs can easily be met with plant foods and the advantages that plant-based kids have in terms of iron homeostasis. And finally, we'll go over which supplements are recommended for plant-based kids and dosing guidelines. 

Learning Objectives 

  • Define the nutritional requirements in childhood, how they differ from adults and how they can be met on a plant-based diet. 
  • Describe the role of cow's milk in childhood nutrition guidelines, its potential detrimental effects on human health and appropriate alternatives. 
  • List which micronutrients need to be supplemented for children on a plant-based diet. 

Jackie Busse, MD, FAAP – Pediatrician, Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Dr. Jackie Busse is a board certified pediatrician and teaches plant-based nutrition for kids and families. Dr. Busse grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She went on to do a pediatric residency and chief residency at Rush University in Chicago. As a founding member of the pediatric working group of the Plantrician Project, she was lead author and editor of their Pediatric Quick Start Guide published in 2018. As an expert lecturer for the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutritional Studies, she rebuilt the pediatric and family lecture modules for the Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate program offered through eCornell. In addition to her full time pediatric practice, Dr. Busse teaches an ongoing whole-food, plant-based nutrition series to patients, has organized and spoken at several physician education events and regularly speaks to local interest groups and schools. She is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Most importantly, Dr. Busse is Mom to two thriving plant-based kids, now 4 and 6 years old. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge, insights and personal experience with the plant-based lifestyle. 

LM2020 OnDemand sessions are hosted online via the ACLM Learning Management System and each session consists of a title, description, learning objectives, speaker information, video recording, presentation slides in PDF format, an assessment and survey evaluation.

1 hour

This content can be viewed on a desktop, tablet or mobile device. Speakers or headphones are required. 

Term of Approval 
February 22, 2021 – February 22, 2023 

Access to course: access to online material is granted through the term of approval which ends February 22, 2023.   

Accreditation Statement 
In support of patient care, Rush University Medical Center is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. 
Rush University Medical Center designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 
ANCC Credit Designation – Nurses The maximum number of hours awarded for this CE activity is 1 contact hour. This activity is being presented without bias and without commercial support. 
Rush University Medical Center designates this knowledge based CPE activity for 1 contact hour for pharmacists. 
Rush University is an approved provider for physical therapy (216.000272), occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, social work (159.001203), nutrition, speech-audiology, and psychology by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. Rush University designates this live activity for 1 Continuing Education credit
The Commission on Dietetic Registration accepts self-study programs approved through the ACCME. 

The American Board of Lifestyle Medicine has approved 1 maintenance of certification credit for this learning activity. 

AAFP Prescribed Credits
The AAFP has reviewed LM2020 OnDemand: Health Restored Virtual Conference, and deemed it acceptable for AAFP credit. Term of approval is from 02/23/2022 to 02/23/2023. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Credit approval includes the following session: 1.00 Enduring Materials, Self-Study AAFP Prescribed Credit - Optimizing Health in Children with Whole Food, Plant-based Nutrition.

Faculty Disclosures
It is the policy of the Rush University Office of Interprofessional continuing Education to ensure that its CE activities are independent, free of commercial bias and beyond the control of persons or organizations with an economic interest in influencing the content of CE.  Everyone who is in a position to control the content of an educational activity must disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest (including but not limited to pharmaceutical companies, biomedical device manufacturers, or other corporations whose products or services are related to the subject matter of the presentation topic) within the preceding 12 months.

Unapproved Uses of Drugs/Devices:  In accordance with requirements of the FDA, the audience is advised that information presented in this continuing medical education activity may contain references to unlabeled or unapproved uses of drugs or devices.  Please refer to the FDA approved package insert for each drug/device for full prescribing/utilization information.

The course directors, planners and faculty of this activity have stated they have no relevant financial disclosures.

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