Target Audience


This activity is intended for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and other allied healthcare professionals specializing or certified in the areas of gynecology, obstetrics, internal medicine, family or general medicine, pediatrics and adolescent medicine, geriatric medicine, emergency medicine, and preventive medicine.

Goals and Objectives


Obesity has reached epidemic proportions, with over two-thirds of the population being overweight. CDC statistics indicate that nearly 35% of Americans are obese, and it is well documented that being overweight increases the risk for a host of medical problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, and many more conditions.  Medical professionals are faced with increasing pressure to help patients lose weight and adopt healthy lifestyle habits. In 2013, the AMA declared obesity a disease, making it an issue that all physicians working with dieticians and other health care team members should aim to treat obesity as any other medical condition. There is evidence that provider communication and counseling is effective in helping patients lose weight. The number of diets suggested on the internet is increasing almost as rapidly as the prevalence of obesity. This session will sort out food plans and strategies for change that are proven to be useful to prolong life. Upon completion of the activity, providers should be able to:

  • Identify approaches for weight loss;
  • Implement strategies for management of hypertension and lipid disorders and prevention of diabetes.

Course Information


CME Release Date: October 21, 2018
Valid for credit through: October 21, 2019
Course type:  Video lecture

Credits Available


Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Southern Medical Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Alabama State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This program has been approved for 1.0 contact hour.

Healthcare Professionals

For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.  All healthcare professionals who are not MDs or DOs will receive a certificate of participation.

Instructions for Participation and Credit


To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period noted, following these steps:

  • Read the goals and objectives, accreditation information, and author disclosures.
  • View the educational video of the lecture.
  • Study the educational references.
  • Online, choose the best answer to each test question. Learners must receive a passing score of 80%.
  • Complete the activity evaluation and outcomes.

Upon successful completion of the test, evaluation and attestation, your certificate will be processed and emailed from customerservice@sma.org within approximately 1 hour. Credits will be archived for 6 years; at any point within this time period you may login to your account to print a duplicate copy of your certificate.

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Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships


As an organization accredited by the ACCME, Southern Medical Association requires everyone who is in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. The ACCME defines "relevant financial relationships" as financial relationships in any amount, occurring within the past 12 months, including financial relationships of a spouse or life partner that could create a conflict of interest.

Southern Medical Association encourages Speakers/Authors to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, at first mention and where appropriate in the content.

Veronica K. Piziak, MD, PhD, FACP

Veronica Piziak

Dr. Piziak is Emeritus Director, Division of Endocrinology and Director of the Diabetes Center for Scott & White in Temple, Texas. She has attained the rank of Professor of Medicine and Endocrinology at Texas A&M University College of Medicine and is Professor of Social and Behavioral Health for Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health.

 

 

Disclosure:

  • Dr. Piziak has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • Dr. Piziak does not intend to discuss off-label or investigational uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not yet approved by the FDA for use in the United States.

Planning Committee
The following planning committee members have no relevant financial relationships to declare:
Georgia L. Thomas, RN, MBA, HACP, FACHE, Nurse Planner
Nancy Phillips, MD, Physician Planner
Jennifer Price, MA, SMA CME Program Manager

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