2022 CME Symposium: Catalyzing Science to Action for Transformation and Resilience Across the Lifespan

The Robert H. Lustig Research Foundation is pleased to have been the lead sponsor of this event.

Healthcare professionals, it’s time to heed the pandemic’s wake-up call about the link between diet-related diseases and chronic illness. Now, more than ever, we must realize the link between diet, lifestyle, and the majority of chronic diseases that plague modern society. From pediatrics to geriatrics, there is no systems-wide approach. Researchers increasingly recognize that obesity is a disease state that is driven not by a lack of willpower, but a dysfunctional food system. The food and beverage industry encourages overeating of toxic calories, which is compounded by increasing levels of stress, poor sleep hygiene, and lack of exercise, setting millions on the path to poor health outcomes and chronic disease.
This CME Symposium called colleagues and respected leaders together as we educate ourselves into a more promising future. Swedish Medical Center’s Metabolic Health and Nutrition CME Symposium offered a powerful call to action. Our live/virtual hybrid international symposium was held June 9-11, 2022, at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Seattle, WA, and broadcast live to a virtual audience.
Thirty hours of live and on-demand educational content was included with registration. Review the AGENDA here.
Accreditation with Commendation
Swedish Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
Swedish Medical Center designates this (Live and Enduring) activity for a maximum of 30.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
For Nurses
AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ were accepted for many states RN Continuing Education requirements as well as for application and renewal of specialty and advance practice certification through both ANCC and AANP (1 CNE hour is equivalent to 1 CME hour).

2017 & 2018 Symposiums: Metabolic Health and Nutrition Education

The prevalence of childhood obesity and metabolic disease in the form of prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), and lipid disorders is a serious problem that continues to grow at an alarming rate, particularly among ethnic populations. The appearance of diseases in children that previously took a lifetime to develop highlights the urgent need for more effective strategies to promote healthy eating.

Many clinicians are not adequately prepared to discuss diet and nutrition with patients and their parents/families. The majority of medical schools have no requirements for nutrition coursework. Those that do require nutrition coursework require an average of just two credits, or the equivalent of one course. Further, our understanding of nutritional science and the development of metabolic disease is evolving daily.

Conventional thinking is that obesity is the central issue. The conventional thinking is wrong.

Eighty percent of the population with obesity do, in fact, have metabolic disease (57 million). However, what typically isn’t recognized is that forty percent of the population without obesity also has metabolic disease (67 million). Blind spots such as these prevent practitioners from getting to the root of the problem; focusing only on symptoms. New evidence indicates an alarmingly low rate of metabolic health in the U.S. – in both the obese and normal-weight populations.

Our society has been concerned with nutrition and diet-related diseases for decades. Despite good intentions, our dietary recommendations have only made matters worse. Implementing effective nutrition intervention in a child with metabolic disease requires unlearning previously accepted truths, taking action to prevent the development of metabolic disorders, and managing and reversing those that are already established.

Health care in the U.S. costs $3.2 trillion annually – of which 75 percent is attributed to diseases related to metabolic dysfunction (type 2 diabetes, hypertension, lipid problems, heart disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, polycystic ovarian syndrome, cancer, and dementia). Important markers for these diseases, such as blood sugar dysregulation (high and low), and root causes, such as processed foods, are often ignored or poorly understood. Since the U.S. Dietary Guidelines were established in 1980, metabolic disease has skyrocketed and nutrition education in medical schools has actually declined, and doctors today rely more on drugs, devices and procedures than evidence-based nutrition science and lifestyle change.

This is why the Metabolic Health and Nutrition CME conferences at Swedish Hospital were such important and pioneering work. We need more of these conferences to be held all over the United States. Contact Wolfram Alderson if interested in developing such an event at your healthcare institution.

Here are the brochures from the 2017 and 2018 Conferences:

Click on image to review full conference agenda.

Click on image to review full conference agenda.