Clinical Application for Food as Medicine

Clinical Application for Food as Medicine

Sponsored by the Peanut Institute

The purpose of this webinar is to promote clinical applications for prescribing proper nutrition to prevent and manage diabetes and other chronic conditions. The impact of food in reducing the risk for diabetes is not a new subject, it is however, one that has until recently not been implemented by the U.S. medical community. Although many patients are convinced of the importance of food in both preventing and managing symptoms of disease, many do not know how to incorporate this into their daily diets.

This webinar will serve to provide recent research findings to support how effective certain foods like peanuts and peanut butter are in preventing and treating diabetes.

Presented on: Monday June 22, 2020 1 pm CT, 2 pm ET


IMG_4266.jpgDr. Cindy Heiss, PhD, RD, LD

Dr. Heiss is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes care and education specialist with over 30 years of experience in academia, clinical and outpatient settings, and consulting, with a focus on obesity and diabetes. She is currently a diabetes educator at Texas Health Huguley Hospital in Fort Worth, TX, and has a private practice, Cindy Heiss Nutrition Consulting and Counseling, LLC. She recently accepted a faculty position at California Polytechnic State University starting fall 2020.

Most of her career has been in academia, having been a tenure-track/tenured faculty member at several universities. She has received numerous teaching awards, including Outstanding Dietetics Educator in Colorado (2013), Provost’s Legacy Award for Excellence in Teaching (2015), and was nominated in 2012 for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching US Professor of the Year Award. Dr. Heiss has published over 40 manuscripts in peer-reviewed professional journals and recently served as co-editor for a special issue of the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. Her current research is factors influencing the glycemic response to carbohydrates.

Dr. Heiss is a subject matter expert and facilitator for the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s Certificate of Training in Obesity Interventions and appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show three times on episodes related to weight loss.

Official_Head_Shot.jpegDr. Samara Sterling, PhD

Dr. Samara Sterling serves as the Research Director for The Peanut Institute and has expertise in the use of plant-based nutrition for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. In her current role, she manages research funded by The Peanut Institute and develops aims surrounding nutrition research. She has worked as a researcher on a National Cancer Institute study where she studied the effects of nut consumption on health outcomes in a rural community. She has also served as a nutrition consultant for various community-based research projects. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University, a Master’s degree from Andrews University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Credits: 1 CEU, Level
CEU Codes: 5190 Diabetes Mellitus
4040 Disease Prevention
2020 Composition of foods, nutrient analysis
1070 Leadership, critical and strategic thinking


    1. Identify foods that have been associated with diabetes prevention and management, including peanuts and peanut butter

    2. List ways to prescribe foods like peanuts and peanut butter in a clinical setting

    3. Provide research findings to support these recommendations

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