October 13, 2017

The Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy Announces Corporate Partnership with LeadHealth



For Immediate Release

Palm Harbor, FL – The Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy (IFNA) is proud to announce its corporate partnership with LeadHealth. The two organizations will continue to support the growth in knowledge surrounding Functional Nutrition and the clinical adoption of Functional Medicine principles in the setting of employee wellness.

IFNA, an online clinician training program for registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) and other nutrition professionals, is led by nationally renowned integrative RDNs, Dr. Sheila Dean, an IFM Certified Practitioner and Kathie Swift, Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Integrative and Functional Nutrition therapy is an evidence-based, comprehensive case-centric approach to nutrition care that can significantly improve patient outcomes. This emerging medical nutrition model combines modern science, clinical wisdom, and critical thinking and is being driven by increasing consumer demand.

LeadHealth partners with self-insured employers to reduce costs by addressing the root cause of their employees’ chronic diseases through a Functional Medicine approach. This personalized care is delivered via telemedicine, via on-site work clinics, or a combination of both. For more information about LeadHealth, please visit www.leadhealth.com.

LeadHealth CEO Sonja Horner states, “Our innovative approach at LeadHealth addresses an employees’ chronic disease issues, and it’s very clear that educating them about their lab markers and simple lifestyle modifications generate tremendous results. We have found that when employees receive care on their terms, with a Functional Medicine physician or nutrition professional, who helps them understand the root cause of their symptoms, the employee becomes hopeful about their ability to succeed. Being able to educate employees on nutrition in a meaningful way impacts every step of their journey, and our partnership with IFNA will contribute greatly to this.”

Sheila Dean, IFNA co-founder states, “Offering the IFNCP™ Advanced Practice Credential to LeadHealth nutrition practitioners brings an important distinction to the quality of the care being offered to employees receiving healthcare via LeadHealth’s qualified physicians and nutritionists. It ensures that a high standard of competency is provided to each and every employee that receives care via LeadHealth’s practitioners. Likewise, employees suffering from chronic illness can rest assured that they are receiving top quality, cutting-edge care no matter where they reside due to the advent of telemedicine health care. Creating a corporate partnership between LeadHealth and IFNA has helped facilitate that process as well as contribute to IFNA’s mission of transforming the practice of nutrition.”

Kathie Swift, IFNA co-founder states, “The strategic partnership with LeadHealth is a major step in employee healthcare that ultimately, puts functional nutrition and lifestyle in the hands of the receiver, who will benefit on a deeply personal level, including the reduction in health care costs that will be realized.”

The Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy (IFNA) is an online clinical training program for registered dietitian nutritionists and other nutrition professionals focused on integrative and functional nutrition. IFNA is an Accredited Provider of over 233 CEUs by the Commission on Dietetic Registration and has a multi-disciplinary faculty of expert clinicians and thought leaders. For more information about IFNA, please visit www.ifnacademy.com.

Functional Medicine is a personalized, systems-oriented model that empowers patients and practitioners to achieve the highest expression of health by working in collaboration to address the underlying causes of disease. The primary drivers of the chronic disease epidemic are the daily interactions among an individual’s genetics, environment, and lifestyle choices. Functional Medicine addresses these underlying causes of disease and equips healthcare practitioners to help their patients manage this complex, interconnected web.

Functional Nutrition emphasizes the importance of high quality foods and phytonutrient diversity to address clinical imbalances and move individuals toward the highest expression of health. Advanced nutrition assessment and a thorough Functional Medicine-based history leads to a personalized therapeutic intervention created to promote optimal health and prevent diet- and lifestyle-related disease.

Contact: Sheila Dean and Kathie Swift

Email: [email protected]

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