Stress can indirectly contribute to a wide array of maladies associated with either a hyper- or hypoactive state of immunity. Susceptibility to the common cold is increased, autoimmune symptoms are heightened, and allergies can be worsened by exams, divorce, or losing one’s job. Circumstances that contribute to stress for adults are not likely to improve any time soon. The field of psychoneuroimmunology is changing and expanding rapidly. This course provides a discussion of the current evidence regarding the direct and indirect ways the emotions of stress can impact the immune system and a person’s physical and mental health and well-being.
Approved for 5.00 continuing education clock hours for Kansas licensed dietitians by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability. Long Term Sponsorship number LTS-D1058. This activity is approved for 5.00 contact hours.
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP# 13791
Nurses will receive 5.00 contact hours for participating in this course.
As a Jointly Accredited organization, Relias LLC is accredited to offer dietetic continuing education by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). The CDR is an associate member of Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education.
District of Columbia Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
Florida Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
Georgia Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
South Carolina Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
New Mexico Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
Arkansas State Board Of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Foundation
Section 3: Concept of Stress
Definition of Stress
Acute Versus Chronic Stress
Anabolic Stress Response
Somatic Versus Psychogenic Stress
Section 4: The Response to Stress
Prefrontal Cortex (PFC)
Sequence of Events
Implications for Care
Section 5: Stress Physiology
Autonomic Nervous System
Hypothalamic--Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) Axis
Section 6: The Immune System
Section 7: Stress-Induced Immunological Imbalance
Section 7: Conclusion
Sara Wagner, MS, RDN is the Director of Undergraduate Dietetics Programs at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, where she teaches courses in medical nutrition therapy and cutting-edge nutrition topics. Recognized for her effective and passionate teaching, Wagner is skilled in teaching learners to locate, interpret, and analyze current evidence-based research to successfully influence their healthcare practice decisions.
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