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Diet Nutrition and Exercise for Children

Course code: SH007

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Education about nutrition and exercise for children is increasingly needed in the UK to tackle childhood obesity.

  • Encourage children to lead a healthy lifestyle; teaching children to take responsibility for their own health and fitness will give them the tools to apply sound techniques through their adult life.
  • Develop your knowledge of nutritional and physical needs, food labelling, the digestive system, food hygiene and how to plan a meal. 
  • Explore the need for physical exercise with children

All course materials will be delivered to you by post, so it couldn't be easier. Our experienced and friendly tutors will help you every step of the way by email.

You will have more than enough time to complete your course so you can work at your own pace. Completed coursework can be delivered by post or via email, so handing in an assignment is simple.

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Course Content

Course Content

Unit 1: Food, Nutrients & Health
  • The 5 Main Food Groups
  • Fruit and Vegetables
  • Starchy Foods
  • Meat, Fish, Eggs, Beans, Nuts and Seeds
  • Milk and Dairy
  • Foods containing Fat and Sugar
  • Not Forgetting Water
  • Excess and Inadequate Nutrient Intake of both Children and Adults
  • Calories
  • Dietary Fat
  • Monounsaturated Fats (MUFA)
  • Polyunsaturated Fats (PUFA)
  • Hydrogenated Oils
  • Typical Breakdown of Fats
  • Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids
  • Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids
  • Inflammation
  • Protein
  • Carbohydrates
  • Sugars
  • Gluconeogenesis
  • Vitamins
  • BMI
Unit 2: Food Safety   
  • Good Hygiene Practices
  • Cleaning
  • Chilling
  • Cross Contamination
  • Re-Using Bags
  • Freezing and Defrosting
  • Pets
  • Cooking
  • Food Poisoning
  • Bacteria:
  • Treating Food Poisoning
  • Shopping Safely – Understanding Food Standards Labelling
  • Allergenic Ingredients
  • Display Until / Sell By
  • Best Before
  • Food Assurance Schemes
  • Assured Food Standards  Red Tractor
  • Fresh, Pure and Natural
  • Gluten Free
  • Health Claims
  • Ingredients
  • Lite or Light
  • No Added Sugar or Unsweetened
  • Organic
  • Produce of?
  • Reduced Lactose or Lactose Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Preservatives
Unit 3: Healthy Eating for Children
  • Babies and Infants
  • Protein Content of Formula
  • Bottle Feeding
  • Long-Chain PUFAs
  • Prebiotics
  • Hydrolysed and Soya-Based Formula
  • Weaning
  • First Food Suggestions
  • Foods to Avoid or Limit
  • How Much Solid Food?
  • Infant Nutrition
  • Pre-School Nutrition
  • Fatty Foods
  • Sweet Sugary Foods
  • Salt
  • Drinks
  • Supplements
  • Foods to Avoid
  • 6 – 12 Years
  • Further Considerations
  • Fish
  • Sodium (Salt)
  • Breakfast
  • Healthy Weight
  • Teenage Nutrition
  • Healthy Weight
  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Calcium Cofactors
Unit 4 – Nutrition  
  • Carbohydrates
  • Protein
  • Fat
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Water
  • 8 Key Nutrients Vegetarians Need
  • Non-Nutrient Foods
  • The Real Benefits of Dietary Fibre
  • Insoluble Fibre
  • Soluble Fibre
  • Sources of Different Kinds of Fibre
  • Other Non-Nutrients
  • Probiotics
  • Prebiotics
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Roles of Dietary Supplements
  • Who Might Benefit?
Unit 5: The Balance of Good Health   
  • The Balance of Good Health
  • What is The Balance of Good Health?
  • Who is The Balance of Good Health for?
  • Healthy Eating Advice
  • Food Groups
  • Bread, Other Cereals and Potatoes
  • Fruit and Vegetables
  • Milk and Dairy
  • Meat, Fish and Alternatives
  • Foods containing Fat; Foods and Drinks containing Sugar
  • How Much Food Do People Need?
Unit 6: Planning a Healthy Diet 
  • Easy-to-Follow Instructions
  • A Healthy, Balanced Diet with Sufficient Calories
  • A Variety of Foods
  • Readily-Available Foods
  • Meal Plans and Recipes
  • Involvement
  • Managing Change
  • Tips on Diet Planning
  • Know What is in Each Food Group
  • The Healthy Diet: Back to Basics
  • How is a Diet Made Up?
  • Diet Plans
  • Sleep
  • Introduce Healthy Sleep Habits
  • Structure of the Digestive System
  • The Alimentary Canal
  • The Digestive System
Unit 7: Food Labelling  
  • Food Labelling – The Traffic Light System
  • Aims
  • What Do The Colours Mean?
  • What are the Criteria for Traffic Light Labelling?
  • Which Food Products Display Traffic Light Labelling?
  • Why is Traffic Light Labelling Important?
  • Are There Criticisms?
Unit 8: Influences on Healthy Eating      
  • Availability, Income, Food Prices and Convenience
  • Advertising and Media
  • Societal and Traditional aspects
  • Beliefs and Personal Values
  • Sensory Aspects – Hunger, Appetite, Palatability and Taste
  • Education, Knowledge, Skills (e.g. Cooking Ability) and Time
  • Mood, Stress and Guilt
  • Other Factors That Affect Food Choice
  • Changing Food Behaviour: Successful Interventions
Unit 9: Diet & Illness
  • Loss of Appetite after Illness
  • Children at Risk of Poor Diet
  • Additional Dietary Considerations for Some Children
  • Vegan and Vegetarian Diets
  • “Fussy” Eaters
  • Food Allergies
  • Coeliac Disease
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Unit 10: Physical Activity
  • Physical Exercise for Adolescents
  • Pre-School Exercise
  • Exercise for Children
  • Are Children Active Enough?
  • Activity Logs
  • Government Policy
  • Method and Application
  • Specific Sports Training
  • Varied Activities
  • Further Considerations
Other Information


This course is assessed through a series of written assignments, which are submitted to your tutor to be marked. No external examination is required.

Course Duration

You may start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies. We suggest that the course will take approximately 90 hours to complete.

Study Method

The course is designed for distance learning at home or at work. Students will receive all course materials by post or online, plus tutor support by email.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Open Study College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner. 

The course itself has been designed by Open Study College to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales


Your Questions Answered

What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Comprehensive study guide
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • Open Study College pen and highlighter
  • Student study planner
  • Student notebook
  • FREE CV writing service
Are there any additional costs?

No. Everything you need is included in the price!

How do I get my work assessed?

You will send your completed assignments work to your personal course tutor for them to mark and return to you. 

What if I still have questions?

That’s not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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