The National Food Service Management Institute launched a new 10 hour online course based on the face-to-face version of the training Nutrition 101: A Taste of Food and Fitness, 2nd Edition. The online course, like the 10 hour face-to-face training, is a School Nutrition Association (SNA) Approved Nutrition Education Core Course for certification.
Nutrition 101: A Taste of Food and Fitness, 2nd Edition Breakfast Lunch Training (BLT), revised in 2012, provides a basic overview of nutrition. It is information everyone can use at home and at work in the school nutrition program.
School nutrition assistants and technicians and school nutrition managers need to understand basic nutrition. Nutrition 101 offers a basic foundation in nutrition, current dietary guidance, the importance of physical activity in health, and awareness of personal taste preferences and healthful food choices.
Food choices and nutrition habits affect every aspect of our daily lives, both at work and at play. Good health depends on the choices we make. Nutrition 101: A Taste of Food and Fitness online course provides opportunities for knowledge and skill building to use in all areas of life.
The course will provide information on:
- the roles nutrition plays in promoting health;
- using the Nutrition Facts Label to make food choices based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 and MyPlate suggestions;
- essential nutrients and the major function each plays in a healthy body, as well as food sources of each;
- personal food choices that incorporate current dietary guidance;
- simple sugars;
- fatty acids;
- complete proteins provided by plant-based foods;
- evaluating popular diet plans; and
- common signs of misleading nutrition information in the media.
The training is based on NFSMI’s research on competencies, knowledge and skills required of School Nutrition Directors and School Nutrition Managers. This course is based on the following functional area and competencies:
Competencies, Knowledge, and Skills for District-Level School Nutrition Professionals in the 21st Century Functional Area: Menu and Nutrition Management
Competency: 7.2 Provides leadership to support the nutrition and wellness initiatives within the school district.
Competencies, Knowledge, and Skills of Effective School Nutrition Managers Functional Area: Nutrition and Menu Planning
Competency: 1.1 Provides an atmosphere that ensures the purpose of the school nutrition program (SNP) to “safeguard the health and well-being of the nation’s children.”
Competency: 1.3 Maintains nutritional integrity of the School Nutrition Program (SNP) through implementation of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
School Nutrition Association Key Area 2: Basic Nutrition
Find the Nutrition 101: A Taste of Food and Fitness online course on the Child Nutrition tab of the NFSMI Online Course Catalog at http://www.nfsmi.org/onlinecourses. To register for this course, click here.