Symposium Session: Nutritional Strength Training for Muscle Health and Sarcopenia Prevention

Muscle is a guardian of the bones and a bedrock for healthy aging. Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of muscle mass, strength, and function, and can occur as early as 40 years of age and with conditions of disuse and malnutrition. It’s also associated with physical disability, poor quality of life, increased morbidity, and mortality. The pathophysiology of sarcopenia is complex and a better understanding of risk factors and root causes such as oxidative stress, inflammation, and mitochondrial dysfunction is emerging. 

Nutrition is a critical component in muscle health, and the RD is a key player not only in client assessment but also in providing evidence-based nutritional strength training interventions. Join Kathie Swift, MS, RD, LDN, FAND, EBQ, for a session that will review the latest research on sarcopenia and provide an integrated nutrition roadmap, including myoprotective foods, nutrients, and nutraceuticals, along with tried-and-true recommendations for increased exercise and lifestyle changes to reduce the rising tide of this immense public health problem.

This is not a webinar or course for purchase - this is a module for credit claiming for our 2024 Spring Symposium attendees and cannot be purchased or taken by non-attendees. These sessions are exclusive to our Symposium; however, the topics may be revisited in the future in the form of a webinar or self-study course.

Learning Objectives


  1. Describe genetic and lifestyle risk factors and root causes of sarcopenia.
  2. Apply a multimodal approach to muscle health assessment, including physical performance tests and biochemical laboratory markers.
  3. Recommend myoprotective whole foods and nutrients to clients, including protein, amino acids, n-3 PUFAs, and polyphenols.
  4. Counsel clients on the use of evidence-based dietary supplements that support muscle health.
  5. Summarize an integrated nutrition roadmap (diet, lifestyle/exercise, labs, supplements) for the prevention and treatment of sarcopenia.

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Author, educator, and RD, Kathie Swift, MS, RD, LDN, FAND, EBQ, is dedicated to helping clients on their personal health care journey, integrating the very best nutritional science and mind-body modalities. Swift graduated from Arizona State University with a master’s in nutrition and expanded her conventional dietetics background with extensive training in functional medicine.
Swift is the cofounder of the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy,, an online functional nutrition training program for health care professionals. She pioneered innovative functional nutrition programs at Canyon Ranch Health Resorts, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and Mark Hyman’s UltraWellness Center. Swift also directed the Center for Mind Body Medicine’s highly acclaimed “Food As Medicine” program for 20 years. 
Swift is a contributing author for the medical textbooks, Integrative Gastroenterology, Integrative Women’s Health, Krause and Mahan’s Food & The Nutrition Care Process, and Integrative and Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy. She’s a scientific reviewer for Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, and she coauthored two books on digestive health: The Swift Diet and The Inside Tract: Your Good Gut Guide to Health. Swift is certified in Mind Body Medicine skills and evidence-based Qigong (EBQ) and integrates these healing modalities in her teaching and clinical practice. 
An avid swimmer, Swift also enjoys traveling, hiking, kayaking, and exploring natural habitats with her golden doodle, Dottie Rose.

Kathie Swift, faculty for this educational event, is a consultant for AHARA and has an affiliate partnership with Fullscript and RupaHealth (labs).

All of the relevant financial relationships listed for these individuals have been mitigated

The planners of this educational activity have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose. 

An “ineligible company” includes any entity whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products use by or on patients.

In support of improving patient care, Great Valley Publishing Company is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. 

This activity will also award credit for dietetics (CDR CPEU). 

RDs and DTRs are to select activity type 102 in their Activity Log. Sphere and Competency selection is at the learner’s discretion.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 CDR


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