A Continuing Professional Education Program for Health Professionals

Children's Dietary Recommendations: When Urban Myths, Opinions, Parental Perceptions & Evidence Collide

The Coca-Cola Beverage Institute For Health & Wellness has developed this Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)-approved continuing professional education (CPE) online program based on a live webinar program archive to allow more professionals to benefit from this educational activity.

CPE Program Instructions:

Registered dietitians and dietetic technicians, registered: Follow the instructions to earn 1.0 CPE credit hour.

Step 1: Review Program Overview and Learning Objectives (listed below)

Step 2: View the Program Materials

Flash Presentation with Audio

Handout (PDF)

Step 3: Complete online CPE Quiz and Course Evaluation

After completing the quiz, you will receive your score, the correct answers and be able to download your CPE Certificate.

Step 4: Print bibliography and additional resources (PDF) for more information on this topic.

Note: To save a PDF, right-click on the link and choose "save target as."


Program Details:

Effective Through: March 15, 2014

CDR Program Number: 098934

CDR Suggested Learning Needs Codes:

2030, 4000, 4150, 5070

Cost: There is no fee for this program

Program Overview:

Urban myths about food ingredients abound -- and raise concern among parents about their children's health. Fluoride, sugar, artificial colors and nonnutritive sweeteners are food ingredients that have been carefully examined for their effects on children's health, growth and development. Yet, parents' perceptions of their safety and effectiveness are often at odds with recommendations regarding their use. In this program, Dr. Ronald Kleinman of Massachusetts General Hospital for Children and Harvard Medical School explores prevalent misconceptions about these food ingredients, the scientific evidence for recommendations about their use with children, and communication strategies to guide discussions with parents.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this self-study learning module, health professionals will be able to:

  • Identify the most common misconceptions among parents regarding the safety and effectiveness of nutrients and food ingredients such as fluoride, sugar, artificial colors and nonnutritive sweeteners in children's diets.
  • Discuss the nutritional impact of common parental dietary misconceptions on children's health, growth and development.
  • Interpret and communicate the evidence supporting current recommendations to parents and other groups.


Julie Schwartz MS, RD, CSSD, LD, ACSM-HFS

Ronald E. Kleinman, MD (Speaker)

Ronald E. Kleinman, MD, is Physician in Chief of the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Chief of the Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Charles Wilder Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Kleinman's major areas of research interest include gastrointestinal immunology, nutrition support of infants and children, and nutrition and public health policy. Dr. Kleinman's professional affiliations include the American Gastroenterological Association, American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD), North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN), and American Pediatric Society/Society for Pediatric Research.



The Coca-Cola Company's Beverage Institute For Health & Wellness is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)-provider number BF001.