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Disciplines: Dietetics
Hours: 1 Contact Hours
Author(s): Leslie Bruhl Ballard, MA, RDN, LDN, CSSD, CHES
Peer Reviewer(s):
  • Alicia Smith, MEd, RD, LD, CLT
  • Alyssa Simpson, RD
  • Richard E. Williams, MBA, RDN, LPN
Item#: F5206
Contents: 1 Course Book (28 pages)

Nutrition and Pain

Price $19.95
Item # F5206
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: November 8, 2016

Expiration Date: October 9, 2019

The common denominator of four major chronic health conditions – heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and cancer – is inflammation. It is estimated that junk food makes up an average of one third of the American diet, and the country is experiencing an epidemic of type 2 diabetes. This course is an overview of the effect food has on the body’s inflammatory response and discusses the nutritional components that decrease pain and inflammation in the body. This course discusses the macronutrients, micronutrients, nutritional supplements, and elimination diets that may be used in the treatment of painful and inflammatory conditions.


Performance Indicator(s): 8.1.3; 8.1.5

Learning Code(s): 5000 Medical Nutrition Therapy, 2000: Science of Food and Nutrition

This self-study activity has been pre-approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) for 1 CPEU hour, Level 2

Course Objectives

  • Recognize the links among food, inflammation, and disease.
  • Identify the effect food has on the body’s inflammatory and pain response.
  • Compare and contrast foods, vitamins, and minerals that are anti-inflammatory or pro-inflammatory.


Leslie Bruhl Ballard, MA, RDN, LDN, CSSD, CHES, is a registered dietitian who acts as the program director for the dietetic internship at North Oaks Medical Center and as the dietetics planner for Western Schools. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University in dietetics and a master’s degree in health studies from Southeastern Louisiana University. Leslie maintains a license as a registered dietitian and as a certified health education specialist. She is also a certified personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine and maintains registration as a certified specialist in sports dietetics through the Commission on Dietetic Registration.


  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.