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Beef Quality Assurance is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program that provides systematic information to U.S. beef producers and beef consumers of how common-sense husbandry techniques can be coupled with accepted scientific knowledge to raise cattle under optimum management and environmental conditions.
Beef Quality Assurance is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program that provides systematic information to U.S. beef producers and beef consumers of how common-sense husbandry and transportation techniques can be coupled with accepted scientific knowledge to haul cattle under optimum management and conditions.
Masters of Beef Advocacy is your go-to program for training and resources to be a strong advocate for the beef community. This free, self-guided online course provides farmers, ranchers, service providers, consumers, and all members of the beef community the tools and resources to become a beef advocate and answer tough questions about beef and raising cattle.
Beef University is a free, online training program which covers the beef basics that will help you market and menu beef. Your customers rely on you to be their expert source on the foods they purchase and consume. They expect you to know everything from how beef is raised, how to select and prepare beef, and the health and nutrition benefits of beef. Beef U will help you understand the ‘ins and outs’ of beef to deliver superior customer service, which translates to an improved bottom line.
The Beef Nutrition Education Hub, managed by a team of nutrition scientists and registered dietitians, is an education portal tailored to support the needs of the health and nutrition community. From evidence-based educational webinars, to podcasts featuring credentialed health experts and immersive learning experiences, you have access to a variety of complimentary resources, including many that have been approved for continuing professional education units by the Commission on Dietetic Registration and the American College of Sports Medicine.
Beef University courses have been newly updated as of October 2020.

Welcome to the Beef Nutrition Education Hub! Available courses

Alarming and growing numbers of people throughout the world do not have access to safe, affordable, healthy diets that help lay the foundation for good health and well-being. This webinar will address sustainable, healthy diets in the context of the social-cultural and economic dimensions and describe the role that animal source foods play in sustainable, healthy, culturally relevant dietary patterns.
According to the Food and Agricultural Organization, sustainable, healthy diets are dietary patterns that promote all dimensions of individuals’ health and well-being; have low environmental impact; and are accessible, affordable, safe, equitable and culturally acceptable. Much emphasis has been given to the environmental impact of sustainable, healthy diets – and now the importance of the social-cultural and economic dimensions are gaining much needed attention. Global and local food systems that are advancing sustainable, healthy diet goals of alleviating the burden of malnutrition, in all of its forms, is a challenge that we all must embrace and rally around. Alarming and growing numbers of people throughout the world and in the US do not have access to safe, affordable, healthy diets that help lay the foundation for good health and well-being – making the discussions surrounding sustainable, healthy diets and food and nutrition insecurity of increasing importance and urgency. Food and nutrition experts are key stakeholders in these discussions by helping raise awareness about this topic, by breaking down barriers that exist in access to healthy foods for all, and by proposing solutions to food and nutrition insecurity issues and problems.
Registered dietitian, speaker, and author, Clancy Harrison, MS, RDN, FAND,and food futurist, author and speaker Jack Bobo will discuss sustainable, healthy diets in the context of the social-cultural and economic dimensions in our current food system and describe the role that animal source foods play in sustainable, healthy, culturally relevant dietary patterns. Registered dietitian nutritionists will consider the current food system and the dimensions of sustainable, healthy diets including the social-cultural and economic dimensions encompassing issues like food and nutrition insecurity and hidden hunger and empower themselves in learning approaches to help. In addition, RDNs will identify ways in which they can help instigate change in the current food system to improve accessibility and improve nutrition security in their communities, as well as discover how they can educate their clients and patients to nourish themselves and their families, realizing strategies to promote and encourage knowledge about and access to affordable, nutrient-dense, culturally relevant foods.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
After the webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify the three core dimensions of sustainable healthy diets and describe, broadly, the elements encompassed within each dimension.
  • Describe food and nutrition insecurity – what it is, who it impacts, where and why it exists and how registered dietitians can play a role.
  • Develop an understanding and appreciation for the concept of tradeoffs in the context of the current food environment and as they relate to sustainable, healthy diet discussion.
  • Describe animal source food’s role in sustainable healthy diets including nutrient density and nutrient profile and role in sustainable, healthy diets.
CONTINUING EDUCATION:
The Beef Checkoff is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Registered dietitians (RDs) and dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs) will receive 1.5 continuing professional education unit (CPEU) for completion of this program/material. CDR Accredited Provider #AN008.
The focus of this activity is rated Level 2 and is available until November 1, 2024 (Activity #: 166377; CPEU category: 175 Lectures/Webinars; Performance indicators [4.1.2; 2.2.3, 12.1.1, 12.4.3]). Learners may submit evaluations of program/materials quality to the CDR at www.cdrnet.org.
The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans emphasize the need to "make every bite count" with nutrient-dense foods. This webinar will focus on the evidence behind beef's role in closing the gap on critical nutrient shortfalls commonly experienced during the early and adolescent years.
The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) emphasize the need to "make every bite count" with nutrient-dense foods. This guidance is particularly important at key life stages of rapid growth and development, including the early years and adolescence. Yet, as toddlers and teens experience periods of transition to greater autonomy in food choice, they face vulnerabilities related to healthy dietary pattern adherence. Many begin to encounter gaps for a constellation of essential nutrients, such as high-quality protein, iron, zinc, choline, and B vitamins, which are important for helping children reach their full health potential. Among these, iron is especially critical for physical growth and neurocognitive development. Despite its importance, adequate iron intake remains one of the most common nutrient gaps for both age groups, which can have significant detrimental, and in some cases, irreversible effects. And although animal-source foods, such as beef, are recommended by authoritative bodies as bioavailable sources of these nutrients, only 1% of infants are introduced to beef as a complementary first food between 6-9 months, and beef intake often drops among adolescents, especially teen girls.
Registered dietitian nutritionists can help educate parents and caregivers on how to close the gap on critical nutrient shortfalls and build a foundation that will lead to lifelong healthy eating patterns. Join nutrition researcher, Heather Leidy, PhD, and registered dietitians, Keith Ayoob, EdD, RDN and Marina Chaparro MPH, RDN, CDE, as they discuss the evidence behind beef's role in healthy dietary patterns to cultivate and optimize wellbeing from the early years to adolescence. They'll also address common misperceptions and help inspire ways to build balanced, nutrient-dense meals children will enjoy - to make every bite count from the beginning and through teenage years.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
After the webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify critical nutrient gaps that exist during key life stages of rapid growth and development
  • Examine beef's nutrient profile as an animal source food to support healthy dietary patterns from infancy/toddlerhood through adolescence
  • Develop nutrition recommendations to close nutrients gaps and optimize healthy growth and development
CONTINUING EDUCATION:
The Beef Checkoff is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Registered dietitians (RDs) and dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs) will receive 1.0 continuing professional education unit (CPEU) for completion of this program/material. CDR Accredited Provider #AN008.
The focus of this activity is rated Level 2 and is available until May 14, 2024 (Activity #: 163133; CPEU category: 175 Lectures/Webinars; Performance indicators [4.1.2; 8.1.4; 8.3.7]). Learners may submit evaluations of program/materials quality to the CDR at www.cdrnet.org.
Explore evidence-based research that examines how strength can be used to assess health status across the lifespan as well as the role nutrition plays, especially high-quality protein, in optimizing health and wellness.
Muscle mass and strength are two traditional markers often used to quantify health status, but are dietitians missing other key indicators? While often defined by our physical abilities, "strength" also encompasses emotional and cognitive aspects that can support a solid foundation for growth and development throughout the lifespan. Today, nutrition researchers and health professionals increasingly identify strength as a measurement to qualify and quantify health, making it necessary to further understand strength's impact and incorporate clinically relevant markers into professional practice. During this webinar, Nicholas Burd, PhD and Heather Leidy, PhD, will examine the science behind novel markers of strength – such as hand grip strength – that dietitians can use to measure health status across the lifespan. They will also address the role of nutrition in optimizing personal health and wellness, providing evidence-based research and tools that can be incorporated into dietetic practice.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
  • Describe the evidence–based markers of strength and the scientific research on their utility
  • Evaluate and select appropriate strength assessments to measure health status throughout the lifespan
  • Develop nutrition recommendations to optimize markers of strength, including specific foods and nutrients to include or increase in one's dietary pattern
CONTINUING EDUCATION:
The Beef Checkoff is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Registered dietitians (RDs) and dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs) will receive 1.0 continuing professional education unit (CPEU) for completion of this program/material. CDR Accredited Provider #AN008.
The focus of this activity is rated Level 2 and is available until December 14, 2023 (Activity #: 159967; CPEU category: 175 Lectures/Webinars; Performance indicators [10.1.1; 10.2.3; 8.1.4]). Learners may submit evaluations of program/materials quality to the CDR at www.cdrnet.org.
This activity has been designated for 1.0 Continuing Education Credit by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The American College of Sports Medicine's Professional Education Committee certifies that "National Cattlemen's Beef Association" meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from (2019 – December 2022). Approved Providers and their content reflect the concepts of their respective organizations and do not necessarily represent the positions or policies of ACSM. Providership #855670.
During this webinar, you'll discover the history of meat-eating starting with our earliest ancestors to meat's role in today's health and wellness trends.
What we choose to eat is essential for nourishing the mental, physical and emotional aspects of our well-being. Times of scarcity and abundance offer unique insights into how we as humans choose which foods to eat.  While there is still some mystery surrounding exactly how and when we evolved to eat meat, we do know that meat has served as a foundational food for human health throughout the ages. Meat offers essential nutrients like high-quality protein, iron, zinc and B-vitamins that support growth, development and nutrient adequacy. The question of whether or not humans are hard-wired to eat meat will continue to be debated, and regardless of your position, meat's symbolic role on our plates and in our culture is undeniable. During this webinar, you'll discover the history of meat-eating, starting with our earliest ancestors to meat's role in today's health and wellness trends. Join us for a discussion with Food Historian, Rachel Laudan, PhD, and Paleoanthropologist Briana Pobiner, PhD who will unpack this "meaty" topic, combining a historical perspective with a little food for thought on what it means for our contemporary food and health environment.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
  • Examine the evidence on meat-eating as one of the first major evolutionary changes among the earliest humans
  • Identify ways in which meat-eating may have provided humans with developmental advantages, including the impact of specific nutrients
  • Understand the cultural significance of meat-eating and implications for nutrition counseling
CONTINUING EDUCATION:
The Beef Checkoff is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Registered dietitians (RDs) and dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs) will receive 1.0 continuing professional education unit (CPEU) for completion of this program/material. CDR Accredited Provider #AN008.
The focus of this activity is rated Level 2 and is available until May 21, 2023 (Activity #: 155885; CPEU category: 175 Lectures/Webinars; Learning codes [9020; 8035; 2000]). Learners may submit evaluations of program/materials quality to the CDR at www.cdrnet.org.
This activity has been designated for 1.0 Continuing Education Credit by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The American College of Sports Medicine's Professional Education Committee certifies that "National Cattlemen's Beef Association" meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from (2019 – December 2022). Approved Providers and their content reflect the concepts of their respective organizations and do not necessarily represent the positions or policies of ACSM. Providership #855670.
This webinar focuses on the latest evidence surrounding the role of nutrition during middle age for maximizing well-being, quality of life and independence in later years.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, for the first time in history, older adults will outnumber children under 18 years old by 2035. Although aging is unavoidable, we do have some control over how we age. Building and maintaining strength in all forms – physical, mental and emotional – during middle age can help promote vitality and resilience later in life. A nutrient-rich eating pattern that includes high-quality protein foods and regular physical activity may offer critical protection against muscle mass loss, cognitive decline and malnutrition, which need not be foregone conclusions of growing older. This webinar focuses on the latest evidence surrounding the role of nutrition during middle age for maximizing well-being, quality of life and independence in later years. Researcher Stephan van Vliet, PhD and registered dietitian Christine Rosenbloom, PhD, RDN, FAND translate the science into simple lifestyle strategies that will empower your clients and patients to make healthy choices now for a stronger future tomorrow.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
  • Address common concerns and challenges that accompany the aging process.
  • Understand evidence-based research supporting the role of nutrition and physical activity for optimizing strength outcomes in middle-aged adults.
  • Translate the research into practical application – applying physical activity and nutrition guidelines such as strength training and inclusion of high-quality protein foods in a healthy dietary pattern – to support healthy aging.
CONTINUING EDUCATION:
The Beef Checkoff is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Registered dietitians (RDs) and dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs) will receive 1.0 continuing professional education unit (CPEU) for completion of this program/material. CDR Accredited Provider #AN008.
The focus of this activity is rated Level 2 and is available until May 13, 2023 (Activity #: 150561; CPEU category: 175 Lectures/Webinars; Learning codes [5090; 4040; 9020; 2000]). Learners may submit evaluations of program/materials quality to the CDR at www.cdrnet.org.
This activity has been designated for 1.0 Continuing Education Credit by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The American College of Sports Medicine's Professional Education Committee certifies that "National Cattlemen's Beef Association" meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from (2019 – December 2022). Approved Providers and their content reflect the concepts of their respective organizations and do not necessarily represent the positions or policies of ACSM. Providership #855670.
Learn how, environmentally, cattle play a unique role in our food system, and how beef farmers and ranchers are contributing to a more sustainable food supply.
During this webinar, you will learn how, environmentally, cattle play a unique role in our food system, and how beef farmers and ranchers are contributing to a more sustainable food supply. Animal agriculture expert, Sara Place, PhD and registered dietitian, Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RDN, FAND discuss common controversial topics related to the role of beef in a healthy, sustainable diet, review the evidence quantifying the environmental impacts of beef production, and identify ways in which you can effectively communicate the evidence and provide realistic recommendations for your audience.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
  • Verbalize common concerns around the role of animal agriculture in a sustainable diet/food supply.
  • Identify ways in which the beef farmer and rancher community meets the growing global protein demand while engaging in sustainable production practices.
  • Communicate evidence on cattle’s carbon footprint and the environmental impact of beef production.
CONTINUING EDUCATION:
The Beef Checkoff is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Registered dietitians (RDs) and dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs) will receive 1.0 continuing professional education unit (CPEU) for completion of this program/material. CDR Accredited Provider #AN008.
The focus of this activity is rated Level 2 and is available until May 15, 2023 (Activity #: 155662; CPEU category: 175 Lectures/Webinars; Learning codes [8018; 9020; 9030]). Learners may submit evaluations of program/materials quality to the CDR at www.cdrnet.org.
Tune in to this webinar for meal inspiration, fitness tips, and to learn about the health benefits of high-quality protein in fueling strong bodies and minds.
Protein expert Stuart Phillips, PhD, FACN, FACSM and registered dietitian Jim White, RD, ACSM EX-P share research on the health benefits of high-quality protein in fueling strong bodies and minds.  Meal inspiration and other related fitness tips that give you (and your clients) the strength to be your best self at every life stage are provided during this educational webinar.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
  • Define the role of the diet, including high-quality protein, in building and repairing muscle, and nourishing a healthy brain at every life stage.
  • Translate evidence-based research on the role of high-quality protein in supporting improved body composition and physical and mental strength.
  • Share practical application tips with peers and clients, including physical activity tips and nutrition information on how to include high-quality protein foods in a healthy dietary pattern.
CONTINUING EDUCATION:
The Beef Checkoff is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Registered dietitians (RDs) and dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs) will receive 1.0 continuing professional education unit (CPEU) for completion of this program/material. CDR Accredited Provider #AN008.
The focus of this activity is rated Level 2 and is available until May 21, 2023 (Activity #: 155785; CPEU category: 175 Lectures/Webinars; Learning codes [9020; 4060; 2070; 2110]). Learners may submit evaluations of program/materials quality to the CDR at www.cdrnet.org.
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