Dietary and Lifestyle Strategies for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction

Friday, May 12, 2017


Jointly provided by the NYU Post-Graduate Medical School and the New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians.


NYU Langone Medical Center
550 First Avenue 
Alumni Hall, Farkas Auditorium 
New York, NY 10016

Course Brochure

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*After 12 pm on May 9, 2017, only onsite registration is available, provided the course has not reached capacity. Onsite registrants will incur an additional $20 fee. Registration is non-transferable.

Course Director

Eugenia Gianos, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Co-Clinical Director, Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease

Course Fees

Full Fee: $130
Reduced Fee *: $75
Outside Residents, Fellows & Students: $40
(must provide valid ID)
NYU Langone/ NYU Lutheran Residents & Fellows*: Waived


Following fees apply to participants also registered for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction on May 11, 2017

Full Fee: $110
Reduced Fee *: $65
Outside Residents, Fellows & Students: N/A
NYU Langone/ NYU Lutheran Residents & Fellows: N/A

* Reduced fee applies to NYU Langone/NYU Lutheran faculty & Staff; non-physician healthcare professionals; NYU School of Medicine alumni, former residents & fellows; physicians employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center; full-time active military personnel; & retired physicians.

Target Audience

The target audience includes physicians, physician assistants, medical trainees, nurse practitioners, nurses (and nursing students), dietitians (and dietitian students) and allied health professionals

Course Description

Diet and lifestyle are crucial components in the development and progression of cardiovascular disease (CVD), but are underemphasized in the educational training of most health care providers. Health care providers with a background knowledge about the evidence for diet and exercise in cardiovascular disease are better equipped to educate their patients on these important aspects of cardiovascular disease prevention. The objective of this course is to review the evidence for diet and cardiovascular disease including recent guidelines, analyses and controversies while providing practical counseling advice for assessing and implementing change to patients’ diets and lifestyle patterns. The evidence for dietary supplements will be reviewed as well as the evidence for exercise and how to appropriately and safely prescribe an exercise regimen for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. The goal is for attendees to have a better understanding of the evidence for Mediterranean diet, DASH diet and a whole food/plant-based diet as well as other diets with evidence for CVD prevention. Attendees will learn specific time-efficient strategies to assess patients’ diet, use technology and motivational strategies for greater patient engagement and convey basic dietary advice within the time constraints of an office visit.

Statement of Need

Need for evidence base knowledge about current guidelines and best dietary evidence for CVD prevention. Studies have shown that adhering to the Mediterranean Diet results in a substantial reduction of cardiovascular disease risk factors. Other diets such as DASH and plant-based/whole food diets are well known and have been studied to varying degrees. Popular diets, such as the Atkins, South Beach and other dietary plans will be reviewed in context of their ability to prevent cardiovascular disease and related risk factors. A national survey revealed that physicians receive less than 24 hours of nutrition education during their medical school training. A recent NYU study reported that 13.5% of physicians surveyed agreed or strongly agreed they were adequately trained to discuss nutrition with their patients.

Over 50% of Americans take daily dietary supplements each year spending billions in an effort to prevent disease and improve health. Many clinicians and patients are inadequately informed about the evidence for their use in cardiovascular disease risk reduction and lack the knowledge about possible contraindications and side effects. Clinicians may benefit from a review of the current scientific data for magnesium, fish oil, fiber, Vitamin D, probiotics and other common supplements to prevent and treat cardiovascular risk factors. Despite the evidence that exercise plays a key role in cardiovascular risk reduction, most clinicians do not receive physical activity training during their medical education. Adverse cardiovascular effects have been reported from intensive endurance exercises. Clinicians may benefit from training on how to prescribe exercise and at what intensity and frequency and what technology is available to assist in their exercise goals. Regional, political and other forces influence the American diet. These factors, and others, shape national food policies, affect access to healthy food and impede progress in the area of dietary health. Clinicians with a better understanding of these barriers will be better equipped to help their patients achieve a balanced, heart-healthy diet.

Adequate evidence exists to support behavioral counseling to promote a healthy lifestyle in persons with cardiovascular risk factors however clinicians are not adequately trained to provide necessary counseling. New technologies, such as fitness, diet tracking and texting apps, mobile apps and motivational interviewing are tools that can assist clinicians in promoting a healthy lifestyle among their patients. Studies have elucidated the important role that diet plays in the management and prevention of specific disease states such as diabetes mellitus, hypertension and specific dyslipidemias. Recommending disease-specific eating patterns can result in significant changes to overall health and can result in decreased blood glucose levels, improved blood pressure control and lower triglycerides levels.

Educational Objectives

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

  • Describe how the Mediterranean, DASH and plant based/whole food diets can be used in the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease as well as what the current sets of guidelines recommend
  • Review the evidence for dietary supplement use in cardiovascular risk reduction and appropriately counsel patients about their use
  • Describe the cardiovascular benefits of exercise, create an exercise prescription for patients and understand the technology available for patients to use for their exercise goals
  • Describe the factors influencing the American diet and steps to mitigate disparities in access to healthy food and exercise
  • Describe the importance of motivating patients to achieve positive clinical outcomes
  • Outline the ideal eating patterns for diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidemias and describe how those diets optimize patient outcomes


In an effort to be more environmentally conscious, we will distribute syllabus materials electronically. You will receive an email with a link one week prior to the course to view, download or print the course materials. During the course you will also have the option to view the course materials from your smartphone, tablet or laptop by using the link. These materials will remain available for one year following the course.

Accreditation Statement

The NYU Post-Graduate Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the NYU Post-Graduate Medical School, and the NY Chapter American College of Physicians.

Continuing Nursing Education Contact Hours

The program has been assigned 4.00 continuing nursing education contact hours.

The NYU Meyers College of Nursing Center for Continuing Education in Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Dietician Credit

This activity has been approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration for 5.5 CPEUs.

Credit Designation Statement

The NYU Post-Graduate Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Refund Policy

In order to request a refund, you must email no later than 14 days prior to the first day of the course. An administrative fee of $75 will be deducted from your refund. Cancellations or no-shows after this date are not eligible for a refund. If your registration fee is $75 or less, then no refunds are available. Registration is non-transferable.

Course Cancellation Policy

If a course is cancelled due to inclement weather, insufficient enrollment or any other reason, NYU PGMS will refund registration fees in full. NYU PGMS will provide at least two weeks advance notice if cancelling due to insufficient enrollment and as soon as possible in all other circumstances. NYU PGMS is not responsible for any airfare, hotel or other non-cancellable costs incurred by the registrant.


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