Achieving a Healthful Omega Balance

Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 2020, 3100, 4040, 5160; Level 2
Suggested CDR Performance Indicators: 8.1.4, 8.3.6, 10.4.4

This continuing education course reviews the physiologic functions of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and their role in promoting optimal health and preventing or improving the symptoms of certain diseases, including cardiovascular disease and chronic inflammatory conditions. It also discusses the optimal ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 intake, how American diets measure up, and the role of supplementation in helping individuals achieve a balanced intake.

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Learning Objectives

After completing this continuing education course, nutrition professionals should be better able to:

  1. Name three food sources rich in omega-3 fats and three rich in omega-6 fats.
  2. Differentiate between the functions of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the body.
  3. Describe how the average American intake of omega-3 and omega-6 fats is imbalanced, and identify strategies to obtain a more healthful balance.
  4. Describe at least three negative health consequences of imbalanced essential fatty acid intake.
  5. Identify three potential health benefits of omega-3 supplementation.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 CDR
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Kristen Mancinelli, MS, RDN, is a dietitian in private practice.

The course sponsor provided financial support only and did not have input into the information provided in this course.

The presenter has no disclosures to report for this program and has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program.  View our disclosure policy.

Available Credit

  • 2.00 CDR


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