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Course Presenter

Susan M. Hutfless, PhD

Target Audience

The target audience for this learning activity includes all adult primary care providers (PCPs), including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses. Others, including pharmacists, dietitians and diabetic health educators, would also benefit from this material.

Program Description

The material in this video covers the results and conclusions from the systematic comparative effectiveness review titled Strategies to Prevent Weight Gain Among Adults.

Overall Learning Purpose/Goal

The overall purpose is to inform learners about the benefits, harms, and comparative effectiveness of strategies to prevent weight gain among adults.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Identify strategies for the prevention of weight gain among adults.
  2. Summarize the evidence on the effectiveness of self-management, dietary, physical activity, and medication strategies for the prevention of weight gain among adults.
  3. Discuss the effectiveness of environmental-level strategies to prevent weight gain among adults.

    • For Pharmacists: Provide accurate and appropriate counsel as part of the treatment team.
    • For Registered Nurses: Provide appropriate care and counsel for patients and their families.

Credit Available

  • Case Managers – maximum of 1.0 clock hours
    Certified Health Education Specialists – maximum of 1.0 contact hours
    Nurse Practitioners – maximum of 1.0 contact hours
    Registered Nurses – maximum of 1.0 contact hours
    Pharmacists – maximum of 1.0 contact hours
    Physicians – maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)

Faculty & Credentials

Susan M. Hutfless, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Johns Hopkins University

Susan Hutfless, PhD is an epidemiologist studying the causes and treatments of gastrointestinal disorders.  She is an instructor in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Johns Hopkins University.  She received her master's degree in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health and her PhD from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Dr. Hutfless has provided epidemiologic expertise in the study design and analysis of large-dataset studies of colorectal cancer surveillance, cervical cancer and mortality in relationship to inflammatory bowel disease. She is currently expanding into obesity research.

She was the recipient of the Young Investigator Award at the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America's Annual Advances in Inflammatory Bowel Disease conference in 2007, the American Gastroenterology Association's Graduate Student Research Award in 2008 and was selected to participate in the 2008 Society for Epidemiologic Research Methodologic Workshop for work using casual models in cancer surveillance


Physician Continuing Medical Education
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Hayes, Inc. The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Pharmacist Continuing Education
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this continuing education activity for 1.0 contact hour(s) (0.1 CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. (Universal Activity Number - 0809-9999-14-193-H01-P) Type of Activity: Knowledge 

Nursing Continuing Education
This educational activity for 1.0 contact hours is provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine. Designated for 0.0 contact hours of pharmacotherapy credit for Advance Practice Registered Nurses.

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Nurse Practitioner Continuing Education
Hayes, Inc. is approved as a provider of nurse practitioner continuing education by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners: AANP Provider Number 140928. This program has been approved for 1.0 contact hours of continuing education. This activity was planned in accordance with AANP Accreditation Standards and Policies.

Certified Health Education Specialists Continuing Education
Sponsored by Hayes, Inc., a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum entry-level continuing education contact hours available are 1.0.

Case Manager Continuing Education
This program has been pre-approved by The Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit to CCM® board certified case managers.

If you have questions about the presentation, please e-mail us at: Educationservices@hayesinc.com.


  • This educational activity has been funded by AHRQ.
  • There has been no outside commercial support for this activity.
  • Presenter(s) and planning committee members have no conflicts of interest, relevant financial relationships, or sponsorships to disclose.

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to PIM policy.  PIM is committed to providing its learners with high quality CME activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.

Criteria for successful completion 

  • Each participant must complete an evaluation and must successfully pass the posttest with a grade of 75% or higher to obtain the CE credit.
  • For Pharmacists: Upon receipt of the completed activity evaluation form, transcript information will be available at www.mycpemonitor.net within 4 weeks

Required Hardware/Software

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