Nutrition and physical activity are important to a person’s physical and mental health. Scientists are now studying the role of nutrition in behavioral health. As a paraprofessional, it is important that you know how nutrition and activity affect the health of a person with a behavioral health disorder. It also is important to know how symptoms of a behavioral health disorder may affect nutrition and activity level.The goal of this course is to provide non-licensed direct care staff working in health and human services settings with information to improve the nutrition and activity level among people diagnosed with behavioral health disorders.
This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Behavioral Health, Nutrition, and Activity Level
The Body’s Need for Nutrients
The Body’s Need for Activity
How Nutrition Affects Behavioral Health
How Behavioral Health Impacts Nutrition and Activity
Section 3: Strategies to Increase Nutritional Status and Activity Level
Helping Clients Build a Healthy Lifestyle
Consider the Impact of Physical Health Conditions
Work Through Ambivalence and Resistance
Change the Client’s Point of View
Change Up the Conversation
Involve Support Systems
Section 4: Conclusion
Mrs. Cobb is a Lead SME Writer/Trainer at Relias. Her primary writing responsibilities are in the Health and Human Services vertical, in the content areas of public safety and behavioral health. Mrs. Cobb is also the onboarding trainer for new Relias staff joining the Content Department. Mrs. Cobb has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. She has over 24 years of experience working in criminal and juvenile justice. Her work includes direct service, research, and training and technical assistance. She was the statewide evaluator for the Commonwealth of Kentucky for adult, juvenile, and family drug courts; a Research Associate for the American Probation & Parole Association providing training and technical assistance to Native American Nations/Alaska Native Villages on systemic criminal and juvenile justice initiatives; and a Research Administrator for the University of Kentucky. Disclosure: Kimberly Cobb, MS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Instructor: Stephanie L. Furness-Kraft, LCSW, CCTP
Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Professional Writing from The College of New Jersey and a Master of Social Work degree from Rutgers University. She is also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) and has particular interest in resilience and secondary traumatic stress among behavioral health providers. The majority of Stephanie’s work has included behavioral health counseling and medical case management. Stephanie served as part of the National Health Service Corps from 2016-2018, providing outpatient counseling to underserved populations including military service members and their families. Stephanie has designed and delivered training on many topics such as LGBTQIA+ sensitivity, youth suicide prevention, and how to provide in-community services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Disclosure: Stephanie L. Furness-Kraft, LCSW, CCTP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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