Impact of Nutrition and Exercise on Behavioral Health for Paraprofessionals

Impact of Nutrition and Exercise on Behavioral Health for Paraprofessionals 

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.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals


This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-BHC-0-UAINEBH
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 9/30/2026
Learning Objectives:
Recall how nutrients and physical activity affect physical and behavioral health.
Describe the potential impact of a behavioral health disorder on a person’s food choices, eating behaviors, and activity level.
Name strategies for improving healthy food choices and activity levels among clients with behavioral health disorders.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

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

Ask Questions

Monitor Medications

Consider the Impact of Physical Health Conditions

Offer Resources


Work Through Ambivalence and Resistance

Consider Motivation

Change the Client’s Point of View

Change Up the Conversation

Involve Support Systems




Section 4: Conclusion


Course Contributors



Staff Writer: Kimberly Cobb, MS

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, MSW, LCSW

Stephanie received a Master of Social Work degree from Rutgers University in 2007. The majority of her experience has been providing behavioral health counseling and case management in private practice, acute, community, and medical settings. She 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 provided training on topics such as LGBTQIA+ sensitivity, youth suicide prevention, and how to provide in-community services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Disclosure: Stephanie L. Furness, MSW, LCSW has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Direct Support Professionals; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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