Promoting consistent nutrition messages

Promoting accurate and consistent information about healthy eating is fundamental to the work of community food initiatives.  CFHS has provided a range of opportunities over recent years to support groups to build their confidence to promote messages about healthy eating.

This support has mainly involved providing courses on the CFHS learning and development programme for individuals to complete one or more of the courses listed below.

During 2013/2014 CFHS will continue to offer opportunities for individuals based within community food initiatives to take part in short formal nutrition courses.  This is likely to focus on developing the capacity of community food initiatives to deliver nutrition training within or outside their organisations.

There are several short, nationally accredited nutrition theory courses available in Scotland. 

The Royal Environmental Institute of Scotland (REHIS) accredits two short nutrition courses:

The Elementary Food and Health course is a short course that takes about six hours to complete.

The Elementary Food and Health course for carers of adults with a learning disability takes about nine hours to complete.

For more information about these courses and where they are delivered in Scotland, visit www.rehis.com

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) accredits courses that are available across the UK:

The RSPH Certificate in Nutrition and Health (now called Level 3).

Level 3 Award in Nutrition for Healthier Food and Special Diets

The RSPH Diploma in Nutrition and Health (now called Level 4).

For information about RSPH, its qualifications and where they are delivered in the UK, visit www.rsph.org.uk

In 2013 CFHS carried out an online survey to find out what impact attending accredited nutrition courses has on the work of community food initiatives.  Thirty-five people completed the survey.  Our report Getting the Messages [PDF 1.4 mb] summarises the findings from this survey.

Previous work

In 2011 we were involved in supporting the development of the REHIS Elementary Food and Health course for carers of adults with a learning disability.  We provided funding for 11 groups and agencies to deliver this course.  Our report Cooking up connections includes information about the views and impact of the course.

The REHIS Elementary Food and Health course has been available since 2006. CFHS has offered funding and other opportunities to a range of groups in recent years to take up this course.  The following reports are available about this work:

The evaluation of community based mental health organisations training in food, nutrition and health funding 2010 summarises support given to these groups to undertake REHIS and RSPH nutrition courses.

Beyond Smoothies [PDF 1.4 mb]shows what 20 groups and agencies working with young people learned and gained from running practical healthy eating activities and taking part in the REHIS Elementary Food and Health course.

Embedding consistent food and health messages within some of Scotland’s most excluded communities [PDF 2.1 mb] is a short leaflet that summarises the support CFHS has given to groups to complete nutrition courses up until spring 2007.

The Missing Ingredients [PDF 1012 kb] is a report about practice, policy and impact on food, health and homelessness in Scotland.  It includes information about support that CFHS provided to this sector, including the availability of the Elementary Food and Health course.

Promotion of REHIS Food and Health course to low-income communities [PDF 1 mb] provides a brief report on a funding scheme that was available to low-income communities across Scotland when the REHIS Elementary Food and Health course was first available in 2006.

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