Nonsurgical Management of Overweight/Obesity

Activity description

Obesity is a chronic health condition and a leading cause of chronic diseases in adults and children. Lifestyle changes with the use of medication is a nonsurgical management strategy to promote weight loss and lessen the effects of these conditions caused or exacerbated by obesity. This activity will discuss how to effectively assess for obesity and provide nonsurgical management interventions through helping patients commit to lifestyle changes and the use of pharmacotherapies.

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This activity is provided by Optum Health Education and Optum Health, Clinical Performance.

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Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, PAs, nurses, nurse practitioners, and other HCPs who have an interest in learning about nonsurgical management of overweight/obesity.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Realize how to comprehensively and efficiently assess a patient with obesity.
  • Describe the low-carbohydrate/ketogenic eating pattern and its weight-loss and health effects.
  • Summarize the key features of weight-loss medications and how to select them based on patient characteristics.
Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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Activity expires: 


Joshua Jacobs, MD, FAAFP
National Medical Director
Optum Health


William S. Yancy, Jr., MD, MHS, FTOS
Interim Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine
Medical Director, Duke Lifestyle and Weight Management Center
Professor, Department of Medicine
Research Associate
Center of Innovation to Accelerate Discovery and Practice Transformation

About the presenter
Dr. Yancy is a board-certified general internist and obesity medicine specialist who is Professor of Medicine at Duke University. He is Medical Director of the Duke Lifestyle and Weight Management Center and Interim Chief of the Duke Division of General Internal Medicine. He has led or collaborated on dozens of clinical research studies, resulting in over 150 scientific publications, primarily on obesity management using the low-carbohydrate diet as well as other nutritional and medical approaches.  Dr. Yancy is a Fellow of The Obesity Society and a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. He has received several awards for his research including two Research Career Development awards from the VA, The Obesity Society’s Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), and the Nutrition & Metabolism Society Award for Excellence in Nutrition & Metabolism.

Activity planners
Elizabeth Albert, MD
Clinical Activity Manager
Optum Health Education

Sarah Chart, RN
Vice President
Optum Health Education

Joshua Jacobs, MD, FAAFP
National Medical Director
Optum Health

Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, Optum Health Education (OHE) requires all those in control of educational content to disclose their financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. Ineligible companies are defined by the ACCME as companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care products used by or on patients. Individuals must disclose all financial relationships, regardless of the amount, with ineligible companies and regardless of their view of the relevance of the relationship to the education. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.

Dr. Yancy has disclosed he is a consultant for Foodminds.

The activity planners have no financial relationships to disclose.

Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.

Accreditation statement
Joint Provider LogoIn support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Optum Health Education and Optum Health, Clinical Performance. Optum Health Education 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 health care team.

Credit designation statements
The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.

Nurse practitioners
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

Optum Health Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been preapproved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization from which they wish to obtain credit.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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