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Webinar | Can Low-Calorie Sweeteners Really Help with Weight Management?

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (EDT)

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Title:  Can Low-Calorie Sweeteners Really Help with Weight Management? 
Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT; 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM MT; 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PT)


Weight management is a perpetual hot topic in scientific circles and the media. When it comes to the role of low-calorie sweeteners, research appears to be mixed. Because research about the impact of low- and no-calorie sweeteners on appetite and food intake frequently appears in the news, healthcare professionals must understand the research to make science-based recommendations that help consumers achieve or maintain a healthy weight. This webinar will review the latest science on low-calorie sweeteners and their impact on diet, appetite and weight management and how clinicians can translate this science into practical applications for helping consumers manage their weight and overall health appropriately and effectively.

This is a ContinuingEducation.com CE event.  Participants who attend this webinar and complete the evaluation survey will earn:

Nurses: 1.0 Contact Hour
Registered Dietitians: 1.0 CPEU (Level 2) - Learning Codes: 2020, 2030, 2040, 2100, 4040, 4090, 5370
Health Educators:                            1.0 CECH
Pharmacists 1.0 Contact Hour

Course Delivery:  Online - Webinar Format


The goal of this webcast is to present new research demonstrating the effectiveness of low calorie sweeteners as part of a weight management program so clinicians can counsel their patients about their use. 

Upon completion, participants will be able to do the following: 

1. Identify factors that influence appetite, food intake and eating behavior in human beings that contribute to overweight and obesity

2. Describe different no and low calorie sweeteners and their distinct features

3. Evaluate results from studies on the impact of low calorie sweeteners on body weight based on study design

4. Identify the diet and lifestyle behaviors of people who are regular users of low calorie sweeteners

5. Inform patients about the role of low calorie sweeteners in the diet



Robyn Flipse, RDN, MS, MA
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Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Robyn Flipse is the founder of Nutrition Communication Services, a business she established in 2001 to provide a fresh perspective to the rapidly expanding coverage of food, nutrition, and diet news in the world today. She brings to the position over 25 years of experience as a counselor, teacher, writer, and media spokesperson in addition to her credentials as a cultural anthropologist. Robyn graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics. She went on to earn a Master of Science degree in human nutrition and dietetics from Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey followed by a Master of Arts degree in cultural anthropology. Her areas of expertise include the science behind no and low calorie sweeteners and their impact on appetite and weight control, cultural forces shaping food selection and energy balance, and the role of functional foods in implementing the Dietary Guidelines.  Robyn's expert opinions and commentary have been featured in national broadcasts on ABC News, Dateline NBC and FOX News Channel and in publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post and USA Today. She also has been able to reach millions of consumers with her adept messaging about new food products during her numerous media tours as a hired spokesperson. Visitors to the World Wide Web have a chance to follow Robyn as a blogger on her site, The Everyday RD and on the many guest posts she writes for including Splenda Living and The Skinny on Low Cal. She also maintains an active presence on Twitter and other social media to bring sound nutrition information to the millions of people engaged in these platforms. Robyn's first book, The Wedding Dress Diet, was published by Random House and released to rave reviews in 2000.  The publication of her popular second book, Fighting the Freshman Fifteen, was in 2002 with Three Rivers Press, which opened the door to becoming the first Health & Fitness columnist, then blogger, on UniversityChic.com. In addition to maintaining a busy private practice in central New Jersey for over 20 years where she provided medical nutrition therapy to individuals in small groups, Robyn has served as a consultant to numerous food, beverage, and pharmaceutical companies including Mars, Incorporated, McNeil Nutritionals, LLC., and the Coca-Cola Company.  She also devotes time to serve on the boards of various health care organizations and teaches as an adjunct faculty member at area colleges.




Nurses, Registered Dietitians (Level: 2), Health Educators, Pharmacists

Course Completion Requirements and Awarding Certificate: You must complete an evaluation in order to receive your certificate of completion.

Jurisdictional Requirements: Continuing education licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. We recommend you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. 

Accommodations for Disabilities: Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodation; please contact the CE office at (800) 866-0919.

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While ContinuingEducation.com attempts to assure fair treatment of all participants, we recognize grievances that may require intervention. Grievances are handled in the following manner:

When a participant, either orally or in written format, files a grievance, the Executive Vice President, ContinuingEducation.com, Global Programming, will evaluate the nature of the complaint. If it is meritorious, the Executive Vice President, ContinuingEducation.com, Global Programming, will instruct the staff to implement any necessary changes in the course. The complainant will receive a response from the Executive Vice President, ContinuingEducation.com, Global Programming, or designated staff within 5 working days.

You may file a complaint by telephone or email.

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 must be attended in their entirety and the evaluation form must be completed to receive a certificate of completion.

Robyn Flipse, RDN, MS, MA, Founder of Nutrition Communication Services, discloses that she is a spokesperson for Chandler Chicco Agency, McNeil Nutritionals, LLC, and Calorie Control Council.  She is also a consultant for DDC Advocacy.

The planners and presenter(s)/author(s) of this course have declared no real or perceived conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity.

ContinuingEducation.com guarantees the content of these educational activities are free from bias.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by the provider or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.


After listening to the webinar presentation either live or via the recording, complete the evaluation form to receive your contact hour.  In the event of loss, there is no charge for a replacement copy of a CE certificate.




ContinuingEducation.com is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

ContinuingEducation.com is also accredited by the Florida Board of Nursing (provider no. FBN 50-1489) and the California Board of Registered Nursing (provider no. CEP 13213).

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ContinuingEducation.com is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

ContinuingEducation.com is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).

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ContinuingEducation.com is a designated multiple event provider of continuing education clock hours (CECH) by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Inc., provider #CA0084, approval period January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2015. 

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