Talking to Patients about Using the Nutrition Facts Label to Make Healthful Eating Choices
The learning model for this CME is an educational video for physicians. The online module, developed in collaboration with the FDA, includes information about the nutrition facts label and provides physicians guidance on how to discuss nutrition labels with patients. Should you have technical questions, please contact the AMA Unified Service Center at 800-621-8335. Should you have questions regarding the content, please contact Vanessa Salcedo at
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Talking to Patients about Using the Nutrition Facts Label to Make Healthful Eating Choices
Release Date: June 21, 2016
Expiration Date: June 21, 2019


At the end of this activity, physicians should be able to:
  1. Review the purpose of the Nutrition Facts Label as regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  2. Explain the meaning of a serving size, calorie, % Daily Value and the Ingredients list on a Nutrition Facts Label
  3. Recognize the various nutrients within the Nutrition Facts Label
  4. Teach patients how to use the Nutrition Facts Label

Target Audience
This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of primary care physicians. 

Statement of Need
Studies indicate that a gap remains between the proportion of patients who physicians believe would benefit from nutrition counseling and those who actually receive it from their primary care physician. Barriers to physician counseling include lack of knowledge, training and resources in medical nutrition. There is a need to provide education to physicians with strategies to help enhance their knowledge of the Nutrition Facts Label, so that physicians can feel better prepared to provide nutrition counseling to their patients as needed. Not all physicians have the means to refer their patients to allied health professionals for such nutrition counseling, and not all patients have the means to access such allied health professionals. Promotion of a healthful diet logically includes a basic understanding of how to read a Nutrition Facts Label. Improved knowledge of the Nutrition Facts label will aid physicians in counseling their patients about a healthful diet. This module will improve nutritional counseling skills for physicians.

NOTE: On May 27, 2016, the FDA finalized the new Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods to reflect current scientific information, including the link between diet and chronic diseases. Manufacturers will need to use the new Nutrition Facts label by July 26, 2018, and smaller businesses with annual food sales that are less than $10 million will have an additional year to comply (July 26, 2019). During this transition time, consumers will see both the current and the new Nutrition Facts label on products. This CME program is based on the current Nutrition Facts label. The CME activity materials also include facts sheets that compare the current and new Nutrition Facts label and describe the key changes. For more information, see Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label.

Statement of Competency
This activity is designed to address the following ABMS/ACGME competencies: patient care, medical knowledge, and interpersonal and communications skills.

Accreditation Statement
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement
The American Medical Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Receiving Your CME Credit
To claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, you must; 1) view the webcast, 2) successfully complete the quiz by answering 8 out of 10 questions correctly and 3) complete the evaluation

Planning Committee

Janet Williams, MA – CME Program Committee, AMA
Vanessa Salcedo, MPH – Project Manager, Improving Health Outcomes, AMA
Amber Ryan, Med – Manager, CME, AMA
Stephanie Johnson, BS – Director, Information & Engagement, Improving Health Outcomes, AMA
Christopher Holliday, PhD, MPH – Director, Population Health, Improving Health Outcomes, AMA

Marjorie Davidson, PhD – Consumer Education, FDA (Author)
Gary Libretti, MS, RD, LDN, CSCS – Wellness Coordinator, AMA (Content reviewer)
Lisa Lubin, MS, RD – Public Health Educator, FDA (Author)
Michael Rakotz, MD – Director, AMA (Content reviewer and on-air faculty)

Disclosure Statement
The content of this activity does not relate to any product of a commercial interest as defined by the ACCME; therefore, there are no relevant financial relationships to disclose for the planners or faculty.  

Hardware/software Requirements
Screen resolution of 800X600 or higher.
Web Browser: MS Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari, etc.  
Browser Plug-in: Adobe Flash Player
PDF Adobe Reader 5.0 or higher. 
Audio speakers or headphones

Should you have any questions regarding the content of the activity, please contact Vanessa Salcedo at 

Should you have any technical questions, please contact the AMA Unified Service Center at 800-621-8335.

Type:  Internet Activity (Enduring Material)
Activity Price
218 Registered Users
1 Credits> AMA> AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

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