6.1.1 Overview

This lesson will teach you what actions are involved in the process of eating, what nutrients do for the body and how to use proper techniques to assist clients with meals. We will cover safe meal planning and preparation, and develop an understanding of the nutritional needs of clients for good health.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Identify the body parts that are involved in eating
  • Explain the importance of a balanced diet for client’s information
  • Explain how nutrient needs change dependent on life changes
  • Demonstrate safe food handling practices with considerations of client’s specific needs and limitations

Key Terms

When learning about assisting with clients’ meals, it is essential to first look at the terminology to ensure that you understand everything clearly. These terms will be used throughout this book, so it is important to take the time to master them and practice your recall often.

  • Canada Food Guide
  • Nutrition
  • Digestion
  • Calories
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Specialty diets
  • Dietitian
  • Metabolism
  • Carbohydrates
  • Fats

Whenever these terms are first introduced in this chapter, they are bolded. However, if you need additional information about a term than what is provided here, you can research it in The Free Dictionary: Medical Dictionary.


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