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Knowledge and Beliefs That Promote or Hinder Collaboration among Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and Certified Exercise Professionals—Results of a Survey

      Chronic diseases are the leading cause of death and disability in the United States and represent >86% of current health care spending.

      Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chronic disease overview. Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion website. http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/overview/index.htm. Updated 2016. Accessed February 1, 2016.

      In 2012, it was estimated that half of US adults had one or more chronic diseases,

      Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chronic disease overview. Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion website. http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/overview/index.htm. Updated 2016. Accessed February 1, 2016.

      many of which can be prevented or managed with lifestyle changes, such as physical activity (PA), weight management, and healthful dietary choices.

      US Department of Health and Human Services and US Department of Agriculture. 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/. Published 2015. Accessed April 4, 2016.

      Increased awareness of the detrimental effects of chronic disease on health has led to consumer interest in the impact of PA and diet on weight management and overall health. In a 2015 survey of US adults, 91% reported having given “at least some/little thought” about the healthfulness of their diet, and 94% reported having given “at least some/little thought” about the amount of PA they get, and 84% said they were actively trying to maintain or lose weight.

      International Food Information Council Foundation. 2015 Food and Health Survey: Consumer attitudes toward food safety, nutrition and health. http://www.foodinsight.org/2015-food-health-survey-consumer-research. Published May 8, 2015. Accessed April 4, 2016.

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      Biography

      M. M. Manore is a professor of nutrition, School of Biological and Population Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis.

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      R. K. Hand is director, Dietetics Practice Based Research Network, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Chicago, IL.

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      G. Liguori is a professor and department head, Department of Health and Human Performance, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga.

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      M. Bayles is a professor and coordinator, Exercise Science, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana.

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      K. Dolins is an adjunct associate professor, Teacher’s College, Columbia University, New York, NY.

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      P. Steinmuller is in private practice, Bozeman, MT.

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      R. Cotton is national director of certification, American College of Sports Medicine, Indianapolis, IN.

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      M. Smith-Edge is president, MSE & Associates, LLC, Owensboro KY; at the time of the study, she was senior advisor, Science & Consumer Insights, International Food Information Council Foundation, Washington, DC.