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The Patient and You: The Value of the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Physical

This webinar will examine the signs and symptoms of underlying metabolic processes and how this contributes to physical signs and symptoms that translate to nutritionally modulated medical conditions.

Member Price $24.00

Nonmember Price $54.00

DPG/MIG Price $0.00


This product is free for DIFM members.

This webinar was presented live on March 17, 2021.

The Functional Nutrition-Focused Physical Exam is a valuable practice skill for the dietitian/nutritionist to incorporate into the nutrition care plan. It is non-invasive, personalized, enhances patient outcomes, and fosters a more intimate connection with the patient. The functional nutritional examination of hair, skin, nails, mouth, eyes, body temperature and shape are dynamic indicators of your patient's nutritional and health status. We will examine the signs and symptoms of underlying metabolic processes, such as oxidative stress, inflammation, detoxification, gastrointestinal function, immune regulation, and endocrine function, and how this contributes to physical signs and symptoms that translate to nutritionally modulated medical conditions.

CPEU: 1.0
CPE Level: 2
Performance Indicators: 10.1.1, 4.1.2, 8.3.3

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain the rationale behind performing a nutrition-focused physical (NFP) exam from an integrative and functional perspective
  2. Describe how signs and symptoms identified as part of a Nutrition Focused Physical may be clinical manifestations or indicators of oxidative stress
  3. Recognize signs and symptoms collected from NFP that are commonly associated with cardiometabolic disease


Coco Newton, MPH, RD, CNS

Coco Newton, MPH, RD, CNS is the owner of Lifetime Nutrition, LLC, a private practice in Maple City, Michigan. She has expertise in Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy (FMNT) for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases and syndromes. Currently, she is devoted to helping patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) throughout the world via her virtual clinical practice and educational programs for patients and professionals.

Coco received her Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Dietetics/Community Nutrition from the University of California (Davis) and her Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Nutrition from the University of Minnesota. She completed her dietetic internship at the University of California (San Diego) and is a registered dietitian (RD) through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) through the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists at the American Nutrition Association.

Coco co-founded and served on the Institute for Functional Medicine's Nutrition Advisory Board from 2007-2010. In 2010, she co-founded the University of Kansas' Nutrition Fellowship Program, a collaborative program through the University's departments of Integrative Medicine and Dietetics & Nutrition.

Coco served on the state of Michigan Board of Dietetics and Nutrition from 2007 to 2013, and championed the successful repeal of the anti-competitive and discriminatory Dietetics/Nutrition Licensure Law on July 1, 2014, the first repeal in the United States.

Coco is an active lecturer and advisor to with the mission to educate persons diagnosed with ALS and medical professionals on nutritional protocols to slow, stop, and potentially reverse ALS.

Coco authored the chapter: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS): The Application of Integrative & Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy (IFMNT) published April 2020 by Springer in the textbook: Integrative and Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy: Principles & Practices.

Coco received the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award from Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (DIFM), a practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Release Date: March 17, 2021


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