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Nutritional Considerations for the Physical Therapist
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When: Tuesday, April 19, 2016
6:45 PM
Where: United Way of Greater Houston
50 Waugh Drive
Houston, Texas  77007
United States
Presenter: Kelly Gaines
Contact: Lauren Szot, SED 2nd Vice Co-Chair

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Inadequate nutrition status can directly affect a patient's ability to participate in physical therapy. In certain settings and patient populations, there is a higher risk for poor nutrition. One high risk setting is acute care. This presentation will look at how nutrition status is maintained in the acute care setting and the relationship of acute care nutrition to physical therapy. Other high risk patient populations may be encountered by physical therapists in any care setting. This presentation will also look at the causes and implications of poor nutritional status in specific patient populations such as the geriatric, obese, and individuals with eating disorders.



By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

1. Differentiate between a "registered dietitian" and a “nutritionist”
2. Understand the effect of nutritional status on different patient populations commonly seen by physical therapists.
3. Identify potential nutrition problems in patients
4. Describe the role of a physical therapist when a nutrition concern has been identified


Speaker Bio:

Kelly holds a BS in Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics from Stephen F. Austin State University (Go Lumberjacks!) in Nacogdoches and an MS in Nutrition from TWU in Houston. She completed her internship at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Hospital in Houston in 2011. After completing her internship, she spent 2.5 years working at CHI St. Luke’s Hospital as a kidney transplant dietitian. In that role she saw kidney transplant candidates in an outpatient setting and kidney transplant recipients in an inpatient setting. She also completed her Certificate of Training in Weight Management during that time. She served in leadership positions for both the Houston Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics from 2013-2015 in the roles of Secretary and PAC Chair, respectively. In August 2014, she started a PRN position with Houston Methodist Wellness and transitioned to a fulltime role in January 2015. Her primary area of interest is wellness, with an emphasis on the psychology of overeating and weight loss. In the future, she also hopes to expand her knowledge of nutrition for maternal health. Her favorite method of education is teaching small groups/classes.

Registration Fees:

PT/PTA Members:  Complimentary

PT/PTA Non-Members:  $10.00

Students:  Complimentary



5:30-6:00 pm: Social reception (food provided)
6:00-6:45 pm: Business meeting
6:45-7:45 pm: Guest speaker & CCU course (1 CCU)



This course is approved for 1.0 CCUs through Texas Physical Therapy Association's Accredit Provider status.





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