The Government is committed to reducing death and ill health caused by diet-related disease. More than ever, caterers and those preparing and serving food for others need to understand the link between diet and health. This course has been designed to provide a good, basic understanding of nutrition and is aimed at those who are employed in catering environments and involved in the selection of menus, recipes and ingredients. It is also relevant for those in the health care, health promotion and education sectors, and for anyone interested in healthy eating purely for themselves and their own family. Those involved in the promotion and marketing of food products and services would also benefit from learning the basics of nutrition and health.
Successful completion of this Virtul Colege course will enable candidates to:
- Plan healthy meals based around current dietary guidelines and an understanding of how to plan healthy meals for different groups of people and age groups
- Understand specific standards and recommendations that apply to catering for certain groups of people with special requirements
- Understand how food preparation and processing affects the nutritional value of food and understand the significance of the food label
Areas covered include:
- Guidelines for Healthy Eating
- Nutrition Basics
- Nutrition through the Lifecycle
- Diet & Health
- Special Diets
- Food Preservation, Processing and Labelling
On completion of this course you will be able to download a Virtual College certificate.
The content of this Virtual College course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines
Approximately 2 - 3 hours. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. You can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like, and there is no limit on how long you can take to do the course.
This nutrition course is aimed at those who are employed in catering environments preparing and serving food and involved in the selection of menus, recipes and ingredients. It is also relevant for those in the health care sector including community workers, carers, care workers, fitness trainers, weight management professionals and the education sector including school caterers and teachers and others involved in the promotion of health.
It would also be appropriate as part of lifestyle education for people of all ages, and especially for young people, and anyone interested in healthy eating purely for themselves and their own family. Those involved in the promotion and marketing of food products and services would also benefit from studying this course.
There are no specific entry requirements for this course. It is suitable for anyone with an interest in food, cooking and healthy eating.