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.