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Course Type
Various dates throughout the year
Entry Requirements
This course is open to all

About this course

More than 60% of adults in the UK are overweight and without action, experts believe that half of these will be obese by 2050.

Many of the influential factors on obesity can be controlled by the individuals themselves and this course aims to help people learn how. This is a fantastic qualification for employees wanting to recognise the importance of a healthy lifestyle and enhance their knowledge and understanding of a balanced and nutritious diet.

  • Upskill staff members
  • Increase teamwork and morale as staff become more aware of how to communicate effectively and support colleagues
  • The course offer can be used as a staff benefit or as part of a development scheme
  • Increase the health, safety and security in the workplace as the course covers this.
  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification
  • Enhance both personal skills and professional development
  • Courses are delivered as distance learning
  • Personal tutors are assigned to ensure learners have the support needed.

Unit 1: Explore the principles of healthy eating

This unit explores healthy diets and how a person's diet affects their health. Learners also look at lifestyle diseases, the role of different nutrients, how to plan a healthy meal and how to prepare food.

Unit 2: Consider nutritional needs of a variety of individuals

Learners look at how nutritional needs vary with age and this unit explores the needs of children and older people, as well as the special dietary requirements of certain groups. The factors that create barriers to healthy eating for individuals are also explained.

Unit 3: Use food and nutrition information to plan a healthy diet

Learners will gain an awareness of the information placed on food labels and how this can be used to plan healthy meals and encourage a healthy diet. The advantages and disadvantages of food additives are explained and learners will evaluate their own diet.

Unit 4: The principles of weight management

This unit explores the risks associated with ineffective weight management and effective methods of weight management. Learners will look at how body image can influence weight management and will learn how to plan a short-term weight management programme.

Unit 5: Understanding eating disorders

Learners will explore different eating disorders and their effect on health and well-being. This unit also provides an understanding of the connection between food and feelings and explains how to access information and support surrounding eating disorders.

Unit 6: Principles of food safety for the home environment

Learners will gain an understanding of how to handle food safely, avoid contamination and discover how to identify hazards. This unit also highlights the importance of personal hygiene when handling food.

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