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Omega-3s and Heart Health

An Evidence-Based Webinar from GOED
FREE to members December 1, 2015 – December 30, 2015
Must be logged into SCAN account to receive discounted member rate.


Learning Objectives:  After completion of this presentation, audience members will be able to:

  1. Identify differences between ALA, EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids
  2. Access the latest science behind marine-based omega-3s and heart health
  3. Recommend best sources of omega-3s to clients to support heart health and reduce cardiovascular disease risk



Decades of research have uncovered many health benefits of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, specifically eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). EPA and DHA are both essential building blocks for tissue structures and important biological mediators in health and disease, which is why the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, as well as recommendations from health advocacy groups around the globe, recommend eating foods rich in EPA and DHA as part of an overall healthy eating pattern. Yet, there is increasing debate about the cardiovascular benefits of EPA and DHA when taken in supplement form. This webinar reviews the scientific evidence about EPA and DHA and its association with cardiovascular health and disease risk reduction.


Speaker Bio(s):

Bill Harris, PhD, FAHA

Dr. William Harris is an internationally recognized expert on omega-3 fatty acids and how they can benefit patients with heart disease. His research has focused on human lipid and lipoprotein metabolism, especially as they are affected by omega-3 fatty acids.  Dr. Harris has over 190 publications relating to omega-3 fatty acids in medical literature and was an author on two American Heart Association scientific statements on fatty acids. He has been the principal investigator on five omega-3 related NIH grants, and since 2004 has been evaluating the RBC (red blood cell) "omega-3 index" as a new risk factor for cardiovascular and neuropsychiatric diseases. In 2009 he founded OmegaQuant Analytics to offer the test to researchers, and in 2011 the omega-3 index test was acquired by Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc. and is now available clinically.

Marie Spano, MS, RD, CSCS, CSSD

Marie Spano, MS, RD, CSCS, CSSD is a nutrition communications expert and one of the country’s leading sports nutritionists. Spano has appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, Fox and CBS affiliates, and authored hundreds of magazine and trade publication articles, written book chapters, marketing materials and web copy on a variety of topics ranging from novel food ingredients to optimal sports performance recovery foods. She is the author of two chapters in the NSCA's Essentials of Strength and Conditioning, one chapter in NSCA’s Essentials of Personal training, co-editor of the NSCA’s Guide to Exercise and Sport Nutrition and currently working on another book for Human Kinetics. She has also served as a spokesperson for numerous clients and is a national speaker. Spano is the sports nutritionist for the Atlanta Hawks and Chip Smith Performance Systems.



1 Units, Level II

Expires 12/01/2018

Suggested Learning Needs Codes:
2020, 4040, 5160, 9020

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