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 nutrition-related health issues may be relevant to behavioral health.
This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Nutrition
The Role of a Healthy Lifestyle
Basics of Nutrition
Micronutrients: Vitamins and Minerals
Poor Nutrition and Health
Nutrition and Mental Health
Section 3: How to Support a Healthy Diet
Supporting Healthy Eating Habits
Teaching Healthy Habits
Modeling Healthy Eating Choices
Building Healthy Routines
Supporting Client’s Personal Food Choices
Vitamins to Support Mood and the Brain
Minerals to Support Mood and the Brain
Section 4: Guidelines for Youth Physical Activities
Why is Physical Activity Needed?
The Importance of Outdoor Activities
Make Exercise Fun
Small Rewards Can Go a Long Ways
Additional Strategies for Exercise
How to Support a Healthy Lifestyle
Section 5: Conclusion
Jacob Helton, Psy.D., received his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Marywood University in Pennsylvania. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at Chehalem Youth and Family Services in Newberg, Oregon, which included extensive training with at-risk youth and their families. He is licensed as a psychologist in Oregon and most recently worked in an integrated family medicine and internal medicine group for a large healthcare organization. Dr. Helton has worked in hospital, school, residential, and community mental health settings. He has provided treatment to clients across the lifespan and diagnostic spectrum, with an emphasis on the treatment of anxiety disorders, co-occurring medical and mental health disorders, ADHD, insomnia, severe and persistent mental illness, and the aging. He has experience as a technical writer and has provided numerous trainings to mental health professionals, physicians, allied professionals, and direct care staff.
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