The Great Sugar Debate


The role of added sugar has been implicated in multiple healthcare problems such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dental caries and obesity.  Food labels are confusing to the average consumer and the media provides mixed messages. It is important that the nurse practitioner fully understands what constitutes added sugar, risks associated with it, typical consumption and recommended intake as well as having strategies to decrease children and families intake of added sugars.  This knowledge will play an integral role in the prevention and treatment of medical concerns as well as health promotion of children.

This continuing education activity is administered by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) as an Agency providing continuing education credit. Individuals who complete this program and earn a 70% or higher score on the post test will be awarded 1.0 NAPNAP contact hours, of which 0 is pharmacology content.

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Target Audience

Pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses


Learning Objectives

Identify the difference between natural and added sugars.
Identify suspected roles of sugar in medical complications such as insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease, dental caries and obesity.
Identify recommended intake of added sugar.
Provide examples of strategies to decrease the child’s intake of added sugar.

Course summary
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  • 1.00 Contact hours
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Michele Polfuss, PhD, RN, APNP, AC/PC, Assistant Professor , College of Nursing, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

Faculty Disclosure

Michele Polfuss has no disclosures to report. 

Available Credit

  • 1.00 Contact hours


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