What is the (True) Relationship Between Weight and Health

December 11, 2020 at 12:45 PM

Lisa Nelson will be giving a virtual grand rounds at the Austen Riggs Center.Virtual Grand Rounds with Lisa Nelson, MD 

NOTE: This is s a VIRTUAL event and requires advance registration. 

12:50 pm - 1:50 pm

Grand Rounds are designed for mental health professionals, offered free of charge, and provide 1.0 continuing education credit (see details below).  

Both the medical and lay literature report an association between increased body weight (obesity) and the risk of chronic disease and premature mortality.  But obesity is a heterogeneous category that, as a screening tool, over-estimates the risk for some, while ignoring the risk for others.  This presentation will explain the definition and clinical importance of obesity, central obesity and metabolic syndrome.  We will discuss how to identify people at risk for chronic disease more effectively, and review simple strategies to improve metabolic health and reduce the risk of developing chronic disease.  

Lisa Nelson, MD, is a practicing family physician with Community Health Programs, a federally qualified health center in Great Barrington, MA. She serves as the director of medical education for the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and is a graduate of Kripalu's 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training and Foundations of Ayurveda.  

Dr. Nelson is a clinical instructor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health in the School of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts and clinical assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University Of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. She works with medical schools, community groups, and allied health professionals throughout the US to increase awareness about the treatment and prevention of chronic disease through yoga, exercise, and nutrition. She has presented her work at the US Capitol and Library of Congress, and provided the keynote address for the Advocacy Academy, hosted by the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Dr. Nelson is co-author, with Annie B. Kay, of the book Yoga and Diabetes, published by the American Diabetes Association, spring 2015.  

For questions or additional information, please contact Erikson Institute Education Coordinator and Events Assistant, Kathleen Young at: kathleen.young@austenriggs.net / 413.931.5230.  

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  1. Discuss the complex relationship between weight and health. 

  1. Define obesity, central obesity, and metabolic syndrome, and recognize why these distinctions are important. 

  1. Identify simple lab tests and biometric measurements to evaluate your metabolic health and take steps to improve it. 


(Physicians, Psychologists, Social Work, LMCH, and Nursing)

The Austen Riggs Center designates this live interactive webinar for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.   

The Austen Riggs Center is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  

The Austen Riggs Center also designates this live interactive webinar for 1.0 continuing education credit(s) (CE) for psychology.  

The Austen Riggs Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Austen Riggs Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content. For additional information about this program, please call the Erikson Institute Education Coordinator, at 413.931.5230.  

The Austen Riggs Center, #1344, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Austen Riggs Center maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider Approval Period: 02/02/2020-2/2/2023. Social workers completing this live interactive webinar will receive 1.0 continuing education credit(s).   

For a listing of jurisdictions that accept ACE, please visit www.aswb.org/ace/ace-jurisdiction-map/.  

This live interactive webinar program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing at 244 CMR 5.00 for (1) contact hour(s).    

This live interactive webinar meets the requirements of the MaMHCA, authorization # TBD for 1.0 category 1 continuing education credit(s).  

The Austen Riggs Center follows all state and federal laws and regulations, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). In accordance with the ADA, the Austen Riggs Center is committed to accessibility. If you need accommodations for your course, please contact info@austenriggs.net

For information about our accreditation, please visit: www.austenriggs.org/accreditation-educational-activities

Attendees who wish to receive CE credit should note:    

After the conclusion of the event, you will receive an email with a link to complete the evaluation and claim your credits. 

1 hour