As a care worker, you are responsible for meeting the needs of the people under your care. This includes eating and drinking, making it vital that you learn about nutrition.
Nutrition awareness training courses are designed to give those working within health and social care environments a better understanding of the importance of good nutrition. Those who take this kind of care training course can then go on to apply their knowledge and develop their understanding of nutrition by working closely with people with differing and individual needs.
As part of your nutrition awareness training, you can expect to learn about:
- How food affects the body and health in general
- The key vitamins and minerals needed by the body i.e. iron, protein and fibre
- How to provide people under your care with a practical and nutritional diet
- The importance of sufficient hydration
- Malnutrition and its effects on the body
- Healthy eating and the benefits of fruit and vegetables
- The conditions a bad diet can cause i.e. constipation
- Liquidising food
- Dietary deficiencies
- How nutrients can play a part in healing wounds
- What happens when energy intake is increased
All of this you can learn in around two hours on a nutrition awareness training course, so it is well worth considering.