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Certification Programs to Address Metabolic Syndrome

Maria DiDanieli   

Features Education Profession

March 8, San Clemente, CA – On March 1, in Boston,
Mass., Metagenics,
., a nutrigenomics and lifestyle medicine company
focused on improving health, launched the first of eight FirstLine Therapy
Certification programs to be held in 2012. 

These programs prepare naturopathic physicians,
functional medicine providers and other practitioners, and their staff members,
to practice lifestyle medicine with a complete practice management system from
clinical tools and protocols to business office management.  A particular
focus for FirstLine Therapy is the treatment of metabolic syndrome, a condition
that affects one in three U.S. adults and increases the risk of heart disease
and diabetes.

medicine therapies are the recommended approach to treat many common health
issues associated with metabolic syndrome,”said
Jacob J. Kornberg M.D., FACS, Director of
Professional and Clinical Services for Metagenics. “However, healthcare
practitioners are not trained in how to actually follow these recommendations
in their practices. The FirstLine Therapy program gives them all the tools they
need to comply with these recommendations, and to help their patients achieve
better health by addressing the cause, not just the symptoms, of their

Metagenics FirstLine
Therapy program offers an evidence-based, clinically effective system to
achieve optimal patient and practice success. The certification programs will
cover the most effective ways to prescribe and personalize the FirstLine
Therapy program to patients, the key functional biomarkers and laboratory
values for assessing these patients, and how to conduct and read bioelectrical
impedance analysis (BIA) to monitor body composition for patient tracking and
motivation—all in a case study and workshop based format. This program also
provides a structured system to teach patients behavior modification for a
lifetime approach to healthy living, including recommendations for
phytonutrient-rich eating, exercise and stress management. FirstLine Therapy
also incorporates products such as Metagenics UltraMeal Plus 360
medical food, which was demonstrated in  a recent multicenter clinical
trial at the Universities of Florida, Connecticut and California, to resolve
metabolic syndrome 40 per cent faster in conjunction with the FirstLine Therapy
food plans compared to diet alone.


assist practitioners in making the change, Metagenics is now offering a
complimentary post-certification support program via phone, online and email
notifications to help them successfully implement the FirstLine Therapy program
into their practice.

The certification programs are open to prescribing
healthcare providers and designated Lifestyle Educators who help educate,
motivate and monitor metabolic syndrome patients. The programs will be held in
the following locations throughout 2012:

MA from March 1-4

Diego, CA from April 19-22

City, MO from May 17-20

York, NY from June 7-10

ON from July 19-22

GA from September 20-23

Francisco, CA from October 19-21

8.     Vancouver,
BC from November 8-11.


speaker team of experienced clinicians, FirstLine Therapy Program developers
and implementation experts presenting this program include: Kristi Hughes,
, the Associate
Director of Medical Education at the Institute for Functional Medicine; Kenneth
Browning, DO
, a
family medicine practitioner for over 25 years; Lyra Heller, MA
, co-founder of Metagenics and
co-architect in the development of the FirstLine Therapy curriculum; and Chris
, co-founder
of Metagenics and FirstLine Therapy educator.



To learn more about the FirstLine Therapy Program or
to register for a certification program, visit
or call 800-692-9400 (U.S.) 800-268-6200 (Canada).





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