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29/11/18 Council offers groundbreaking nutrition courses

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council has just become the first local authority in Hertfordshire to launch a special health and nutrition course aimed at businesses and residents.

The Level 2, Nutrition for Health course is accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health. The qualification enables residents and businesses to gain knowledge and understanding of the relationship between diet and health, and wellbeing. It also looks at the role of food labelling and other factors in making informed choices about food.

The one day course is taught by council officers. The session includes videos, group working on activities, helpful handouts and a book that's also given out to all participants. Interaction with key props is encouraged, including a sugar board, fat globules and a glass which shows how many units of alcohol there are in wine and beer. A short test is taken at the end to gain the qualification.

The qualification is useful for businesses and residents who wish to enhance their existing knowledge of nutrition. It is also ideal for people in the catering, hospitality, care or leisure industries who need an understanding of what constitutes nutritious and healthy meals. In the health sector, it's useful and relevant for health trainers, other health professionals and staff in a range of public services who need a good knowledge of human nutrition.

Councillor Fiona Thomson, Executive Member for Public Health, said: "With so much information in the media about diet, and what's healthy and what's not, this course helps navigate through it all and identify genuine sources of reliable food health advice. I've taken part in the inaugural course myself - which everyone passed - and I'd urge both businesses and residents to sign up! I believe it will prove so useful in many ways."

Bookings are currently being taken for the following dates: 10 January, 14 March and 9 May 2019.

This is just one strand of a large offering on health in the community that the council is working on. This also includes 'Meet and Eat', set up to combat loneliness, helping people make connections and forge friendships by encouraging them to cook and eat together; 'Men's Sheds', which aims to bring men together in a community hub to talk, share ideas and even learn some practical skills; and #JustTalk, a mental health and wellbeing campaign that the Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council have been actively promoting, encouraging their peers to talk openly about their feelings.

It's hoped that these initiatives will help to improve health and wellbeing of all our communities, particularly groups who are hard to reach or vulnerable, and bring lasting benefits.

For more information about these initiatives, including the Nutrition for Health course, or to make a course booking, please contact the council on 01707 357242.

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