Supporting Healthy Eating and Exercise

Supporting Healthy Eating and Exercise 

A healthy lifestyle can help a person stay healthy and feel good. Healthy eating and exercise are two important parts of a healthy lifestyle. They can help a person reduce their risk of medical conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. However, health includes more than just being free of illness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2018), or CDC, health can affect people’s mood and quality of life.

The goal of this course is to provide direct support professionals, or DSPs, in IDD settings with the knowledge needed to support healthy eating and exercise.

This course is an overview of elements of healthy living. It does not provide guidance for specific dietary or other needs. If you have questions about the specific needs of someone you support, consult with your supervisor or a licensed healthcare professional.


Hours: 0.75


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals

0.75 HOURS

This activity is approved for 0.75 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-IDD-0-SHEE
Hours: 0.75
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 6/30/2026
Learning Objectives:
Explain the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
Identify healthy eating and activity choices.
Describe how you can support healthy lifestyles for the people you serve.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Healthy Lifestyles

Changes for Amy

What is a Healthy Lifestyle?

Why do Healthy Lifestyles Matter?

Supporting Healthy Lifestyles

Learn and Educate

Model Healthy Choices

Build Routines

Support Choice

Read the Plan!



Section 3: Healthy Eating

Healthy Eating

Portions and Servings


What to Eat at Meals

Types of Food

Cooking Methods

Making Changes


Setting Up for Success

Special Events



Section 4: Exercise

What is Exercise?

Aerobic Activity

Muscle Strengthening

Balance and Flexibility

Adapting Activities

Staying Safe

Having Fun

Teaming Up

Other Strategies



Section 5: Conclusion


Course Contributor




Instructor: Katy Kunst, MBA, QIDP
Katy Kunst received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her Master of Business Administration from Elon University. She has 14 years of experience serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their supporters, including roles as direct support professional, program director, and training facilitator. She has created and facilitated training on topics including non-violent crisis interventions, person-centered planning, cultural competence, quality service delivery, regulatory compliance, and a variety of topics related to IDD services. Disclosure: Katy Kunst, MBA, QIDP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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