Good Nutrition: What’s your role?
1. Know the medical and social history for all people you support.
- Who is on a special diet and why?
- Who has food or other allergies and what are they? How do you respond to a reaction?
- Make sure you know where this information is located.
2. Educate yourself on proper portion control.
- Did you know that one serving of meat is about the size of a deck of cards?
- Using smaller bowls and plates help us to naturally limit the size of our portions.
3. Monitor what and how much someone eats, but do so in a respectful, helpful manner.
- Encourage proper portion sizes by helping the person measure his/her food in a container that is the correct portion size before placing it on his/her plate.
4. Prepare foods in as healthful a manner as possible.
- Bake or grill, whenever possible. Avoid frying foods.
- Use dairy items with lower fat content.
- Use nutrition charts when helping plan meals.
5. Help people find fun ways to get up and moving.
- Being active benefits our well-being, and just walking 30 minutes several times a week can help us both physically and psychologically.