CFHS blog – How can you support people with learning disabilities to eat better?

Finding good resources suitable to help people with learning disabilities to eat well can be a real challenge.

The healthy eating, healthy living training pack is a unique tried-and-tested resource that provides thorough information on how to promote healthy eating messages in an interactive, simple and fun way for people with a range of learning disabilities.

It has session plans and information on topics such as eating less sugar or eating more fruit and veg. It has downloadable quizzes, bingo cards and pictorial presentations. It also includes a selection of pictorial recipes and shopping lists, which can be printed off, so people can take these home. (If you are looking for more pictorial recipes – we have some in our resources section here.)

The healthy eating, healthy living training pack has been available since 2013, but it was brought up to date this year by ourselves and colleagues from NHS Tayside, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and NHS Fife who already use the guide themselves or help services in their areas to use it.

The pack has 28 session plans and you can pick from, and mix these to suit those you are supporting or you could work through the whole pack.

The pack is available on the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability website.

Kim.newstead@nhs.net

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