Healthy Eating Healthy Living Pack

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Welcome to Healthy Eating Healthy Living, a training pack designed to encourage healthy eating as a way of life for people with learning disabilities.

The pack provides all the materials needed to run a course on Healthy Eating Healthy Living and teaches participants the knowledge and skills required to eat a healthy and balanced diet.

People with learning disabilities should be able to access healthy eating and healthy living. The aim of this pack is to encourage people to feel confident in accessing mainstream health programmes in their local community. This pack provides a step towards this goal.

Please note: The pack below was last updated in 2018. Future updates are being led by the Scottish Learning Disability Dietetic Clinical Network.

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This pack has been specifically structured to enable staff to deliver a systematic programme that will have a broader impact on general food and nutrition issues which are important for people with learning disabilities. The sessions are designed to be inclusive of people with a wide range of learning disabilities and can be run weekly or more frequently to suit the needs of the group.

The development of the pack, led by dieticians in the Glasgow Learning Disability Partnership (GLDP) in partnership with day service and health staff, users and carers, was funded initially by Health Promotion Health Service (NHS Health Scotland) and local NHS funding. The Scottish Government provided further funding to pilot methods of providing healthy living messages that were accessible to people with learning disabilities.

Resources from the Scottish Government Healthy Living Pack were used as the educational basis and the topics were extended to include the more specific health needs of people with learning disabilities taken from the Health Needs Assessment Report (NHS Health Scotland 2004). The core focus is healthy eating and exercise awareness.

This training pack received the COSLA Gold Award in the ‘Tackling Inequalities Improving Health’ category which is sponsored by Health Scotland.

The pack was provided with minor updates in 2018, to reflect changes to food and health information. This was led by NHS Health Scotland and supported by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, NHS Fife, NHS Tayside and The Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD).

Future updates will be led by the Scottish Learning Disability Dietetic Clinical Network.

Before you Begin

Short overview of the learning outcomes the Healthy Eating, Healthy Living Pack aims to meet

Short preparation checklist for Healthy Eating, Healthy Living Pack

Background guidance for trainers

Course questionnaire for participants

Course questionnaire for course leader

Things to consider – cultural awareness

How to evaluate your course (use before and after the course)

Evaluation 1 – What I Eat

Evaluation 2 – My Knowledge

Evaluation 3 – My Knowledge (picture version)

Eatwell Guide

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Food Labelling

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Fruit and Vegetables

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Healthy Bones

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Other Materials

Course Completion Certificate

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