PCP703 - Nutrition for Specific Populations

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Subject Title
Nutrition for Specific Populations

Subject Description
This course begins with a review of the composition, function, and sources of dietary macro- and micronutrients. Canada's Food Guide to Health Eating is explored and critiqued, followed by teaching suggestions for encouraging healthful eating habits. An emphasis is placed on the impact of illness, society, and culture have on the attitudes to food and eating behaviours. More specifically, dietary choices are analyzed within the macro environment in which people live. Dietary plans and feeding strategies will be formulated for a variety of special populations within the framework of food security and social surroundings. Safe food handling procedures will also be explored, so the recreation therapist has an awareness of best practices in the community kitchen. Finally, food preparation will be investigated as a therapeutic means of engaging in activity, social interaction, and as a positive component of self-care.

Credit Status
This is a professional option course in the Bachelors of Therapeutic Recreation and it addresses two professional concentrations: community wellness and physical health

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Apply strategies to support the client who requires a specialized diet.
  2. Evaluate the particular nutritional considerations of individuals in various stages of the lifecycle in relation to the current Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating.
  3. Illustrate feeding limitations seen with clients having compromised oral health, motor skills and/or cognitive impairment, and construct methods and strategies to optimize the nutritional intake in these particular clients.
  4. Illustrate factors that create barriers to food security for a community-dwelling client, and assemble a variety of resources for clients to access to ensure food security, or to consult for specialized nutritional support.
  5. Formulate group cooking activities that encourage community participation, and interpersonal support between individuals who may be challenged by social, psychological, or physical barriers.
  6. Practice proper food handling procedures and hygiene in a community kitchen, as well as educate clients about the importance of food safety.
  7. Debate the reasons for encouraging the local production of food through the use of farmers’ markets, roof-top gardens, and community agencies in ways that promote environmental sustainability.

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