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January Featured Course: Nutrition and Hydration

Course Description

Nutrition, and what constitutes a ‘balanced diet’ is discussed in relation to food groups and portions. Saturated and unsaturated fats are examined, and their sources are discussed. We also look at simple and complex carbohydrates, the effect they have on the body and their sources.

Food as an energy source and what the requirements of different individuals are based on age, gender, environment and physical activity. Hydration is an important part of good health and we cover the effects of dehydration including fatigue, low blood pressure, stomach ulcers and obesity.

The course looks at the different stages of life, from childhood to old age, and identifies the nutrients that are most relevant to each age group.  We also look at the dangers of free radicals, the damage they cause and how their effects can be neutralised through antioxidants.

Malnourishment can be very hard to detect, and it is estimated that about 3 million people in the UK are malnourished. In isolation, some of the symptoms may not alert service providers of malnourishment, but with the presence of other factors, it can be identified. We introduce you to a five-step tool to help to identify malnourishment, especially in vulnerable elderly people.  This tool is used to enable service providers put pathways be put in place early.

Health Benefits of Lifelong Learning

Whenever we introduce new skills and knowledge into our daily life, we give ourselves an opportunity to open our minds and appreciate and explore new opportunities

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