Nutrition and Exercise for Clients in Behavioral Health

Nutrition and Exercise for Clients in Behavioral Health 

This course addresses how nutrition and exercise can impact behavioral and physical health. As paraprofessionals working in the field of behavioral health, you can use what you learn in the course to teach clients the importance of nutrition, exercise, and physical activity. You can correlate their lifestyle habits and nutritional status to how they feel and function, and work with them to optimize their health and well-being. The course will cover general principles of nutrition and exercise, how to relay these principles to your clients and include them in your treatment plan, and how nutrition and exercise can have both a positive and negative impact on behavioral health and substance use problems. You will also learn how medications (e.g. psychotropics) can affect nutritional status and what other nutrition-related health issues may be relevant to behavioral health. Working through a variety of scenarios will help you process and apply these principles.


Hours: 2.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

Connecticut Certification Board


This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-HHS-0-NECBH
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 8/31/2020
Learning Objectives:
State the general principles of a healthy approach to nutrition and exercise and identify basic nutrition-related health issues.
Discuss how nutrition and exercise impact behavioral health and vice versa.
Describe an effective approach to discussing nutrition and exercise with clients and create an integrated treatment plan.
Explain how medications (e.g. psychotropics) can affect nutritional status.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: General Principles of Nutrition and Exercise A. The Basics of Nutrition and Health B. Nutrition-Related Health Issues C. The Basics of Exercise D. Let’s Practice E. Section Summary Section 3: How Nutrition and Exercise Impact Behavioral Health A. Meet Jayne B. Your Brain and Body Depend on Nutrients C. Poor Nutrition Choices Lead to an Unhealthy Brain and Body D. Nutrition and Behavioral Health Issues E. Your Brain and Body Thrive on Exercise and Physical Activity F. Being Inactive Puts Your Brain and Body to Sleep G. Let’s Practice H. Section Summary Section 4: Working with Clients on Nutrition and Exercise A. Nutrition and Exercise Connections B. Creating Interest in the Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Connection C. Simple Step-by-Step Actions D. Let’s Practice E. Section Summary Section 5: How Medications Affect Nutrition A. How Medications Affect Nutritional Status and Body Weight B. Medication Consideration C. Section Summary Section 6: Conclusion A. Summary B. Congratulations

Instructor: Beth Ellen DiLuglio, MS, RDN, LDN
Beth Ellen DiLuglio, MS, RDN, LDN, creator of Nutrition Mission®, and Nutrition Is Your Best Health Insurance!® educational programs, received her Master of Science in Human Nutrition from Columbia University's College of Physicians & Surgeons Institute of Human Nutrition. Beth's achievements include being a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) since 1987; Certified in Nutrition Support (CNSC) 1990-2010; a Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN) ( 2002-2017; a Health Fitness Specialist (HFS) through the ACSM 2010-2015; an associate professor of nutrition Palm Beach State College 1995-2008; and provider of professional continuing education through the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) since 2002; and a provider of continuing education through the Florida Board of Nursing.  Disclosure: Beth Ellen DiLuglio, MS, RDN, LDN 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: entry level Direct Support Professionals; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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