Future Fit Training Childhood Nutrition and Obesity Prevention course

Here's my (vegetarian) real-life version of the Public Health England Eat Well plate (see below for more on this). This is roughly how the types of food we eat should be divided up. Do your kids eat like this? I know that at least one of my kids is a LONG way off of getting the balance right.

Here's my (vegetarian) real-life version of the Public Health England Eat Well plate (see below for more on this). This is roughly how the types of food we eat should be divided up. Do your kids eat like this? I know that at least one of my kids is a LONG way off of getting the balance right.

I am so excited to be able to tell you that I have just started a training course in childhood nutrition and obesity prevention. Having written about feeding children and picky eating for a few years now it's long been niggling at the back of my mind that I would love to study this area in order to understand it better, both for the purposes of the recipes I create and for feeding my own family, in particular my fussy eating eldest.

The course is offered by Future Fit. I am, of course, aware that this in no way matches up to a degree in nutrition! But I do hope that it will give me a better understanding of how to feed my children and what they need to grow up to be as healthy as possible.

This is the national Eat Well guide, which has recently been updated to show that we should be eating more fruit and vegetables than previously thought.

This is the national Eat Well guide, which has recently been updated to show that we should be eating more fruit and vegetables than previously thought.

Along with several other bloggers I was introduced to the course last week by nutritionist Tilly Spurr. You can find her on Twitter.

She did a fantastic job of explaining nutrition in terms that were simple enough for someone who struggled with science GCSE (ie me) to understand. In fact more than understanding it, I was totally inspired. 

I love this picture that Tilly showed us in her presentation - it shows the amount of healthy food you can eat to get the same calories that are in one Yorkie bar. Hard to believe isn't it?!

I love this picture that Tilly showed us in her presentation - it shows the amount of healthy food you can eat to get the same calories that are in one Yorkie bar. Hard to believe isn't it?!

I'm particularly looking forward to studying the modules on fussy eating, food labels and how nutritional needs change at different ages. My only concern is that I'm going to get even more worried about R and his awful diet! He still doesn't eat any fruit and hardly any veg...

Other areas that I'll be studying include:

  • the importance of nutrition in relation to growth, development and health
  • nutritional needs and recommended food intake in relation to different ages
  • healthy meal and snack ideas and how much physical activity children should be doing
  • how to encourage healthy eating habits
  • age appropriate portion sizes and how to understand food labels
  • the causes of childhood obesity
  • weight management and behaviour change
  • legislation on best practice.

If you'd like to find out more about the course visit the Future Fit website. The cost of the course is £129 and it is online so you can take the modules any time that suits you. I'm hoping this will make it easy to fit in around my many varied commitments and my family! I'll be reporting back to let you know how I get on.

Disclaimer: I have been offered the chance to do the Future Fit training course in Childhood Nutrition and Obesity Prevention for free in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.