Nutrition and Exercise for Children’s Services Paraprofessionals


This course addresses how nutrition and exercise can impact behavioral and physical health in children and adolescents. As paraprofessionals working in the field of behavioral health, you can use what you learn in the course to help clients and their caretakers make the connection early on between what they eat, what they do, and how they feel. 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. 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


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-HHS-0-NECPP
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 for children and adolescents.
Discuss how nutrition and exercise impact behavioral health and vice versa.
Describe an effective approach to discussing nutrition and exercise with young clients and create an integrated treatment plan.
Explain how nutrition and exercise habits early in life can affect health and well-being later in life.

Section 1: Introduction
A. About This Course
B. Learning Objectives
Section 2: General Principles of Nutrition and Exercise for Children and Adolescents
A. The Basics of Nutrition and Health
B. The Basics of Exercise
C. The Ups and Downs of Not Getting Around
D. Section Summary
Section 3: How Nutrition and Exercise Impact Behavioral Health
A. Meet Jillian
B. The Brain and Body Depend on Nutrients
C. Poor Nutrition Choices Lead to an Unhealthy Brain and Body
D. Nutrition and Behavioral Health Issues
E. The Brain and Body Thrive on Exercise and Physical Activity
F. Being Inactive Puts the Brain and Body to Sleep
G. New Home, New Diet, New Weight
H. Section Summary
Section 4: Discussing Nutrition and Exercise with Clients and Incorporating into a Treatment Plan
A. Nutrition and Exercise Connections
B. Creating Interest in the Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Connection
C. Review Client’s Current Habits and Willingness to Adopt New Habits
D. Simple Step-by-Step Actions
E. Let’s Practice
F. Section Summary
Section 5: How Medications Affect Nutrition
A. How Medications Affect Nutritional Status and Body Weight
B. Common Medications used in Behavioral Health
C. Section Summary
Section 6: Conclusion
A. Summary
B. Course Contributor
C. Resources
D. References
E. 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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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous Distance Learning with interactivity which includes quizzes with questions/answers, and posttests.
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