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Diet and Gastrointestinal Ailments, Creating Wellness Programs for Schools, and Benefiting From Functional Foods Course

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Type: Online Course

Item: CIFJ0307


Learn what makes food functional and how the body can benefit from an added boost of nutrition. Find out how to create a wellness program for your local schools with a step-by-step guide for implementing the new government mandate to improve the diets and exercise habits of students. Discover more about diet and gastrointestinal ailments and what foods and drinks can exacerbate the symptoms of common stomach disorders.

Articles and the test from the March 2007 CEC Nutrition Issue of IDEA Fitness Journal.

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Learning Objectives

  1. Define what qualifies a food as “functional.”
  2. List the five types of claims a manufacturer can put on labels once authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
  3. Describe four examples of functional foods and their proposed functions.
  4. Provide four examples of how functional foods can be included in a diet.
  5. List food components with disease-preventing functions. 
  6. Explain the purpose of the new federal requirement regarding local school wellness policies. 
  7. List the minimum components required in each school’s wellness policy.
  8. Describe steps and strategies to facilitate policy change in schools.
  9. Cite examples of successful school nutrition and physical education programs that can be implemented to comply with the new wellness requirements.   
  10. Identify opportunities for partnering with local schools to implement wellness programs.
  11. Describe what causes some of the most common gastrointestinal (GI) diseases.
  12. Identify the most common symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, gastroesophageal reflux disease, lactose intolerance, celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease.
  13. Understand how different foods and nutrition intake patterns may make a GI illness better or worse.
  14. Explain how exercise helps aid the digestive process.
  15. List nine tips that clients can follow to improve their own digestive health.

Course Content

Diet & Gastrointestinal AilmentsArticle
Help Create a Wellness Program for Your Local SchoolsArticle
Food Function JunctionArticle
CIFJ0307Online Test

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