Nutrition for Wellbeing

Course Overview

This course aims to support you in enhancing your own wellbeing, by learning how to nourish your body and mind with delicious, easy and nutritious recipes. It will support your teaching of Nutrition in SPHE and the promotion of wellbeing in your school. In Nutrition for Wellbeing, we will explore the science behind nutrition and how to use food to enhance your mood and energy levels. We will explore a variety of resources and initiatives that will support you in teaching children about nutrition and healthy eating through the SPHE curriculum, which will equip them with key skills and knowledge to enable them to confidently make healthier life choices.

You will learn how to support children in growing and preparing food at school and how to prepare a Healthy Eating Policy for your school. We will also explore a wide range of healthy lunch recipes for the busy teacher, and you will be invited to make some delicious, nutritious high energy snacks to bring with you to school!

Learning outcomes

  • Enhance teachers’ understanding of the concept of healthy eating in order to support them in promoting wellbeing in the primary school.
  • Support teachers in teaching about nutrition and healthy eating through the SPHE curriculum, using a range of resources including the Walk Tall programme and resources from the HSE, in order to equip children with key skills and knowledge which will enable them to confidently make healthier life choices.
  • Enable teachers to support children in growing and preparing food at school through a variety of initiatives and resources, including Food Dudes, Incredible Edibles, and Safefood Tastebuds.
  • Enhance teacher wellbeing by encouraging participants to prepare healthy lunches for themselves through the provision of quick and easy recipes for the busy teacher.
  • Enable schools to support healthy eating practices by preparing a Healthy Eating Policy.
  • Raise awareness of the Wellbeing Policy Statement and Framework for Practice as a means of engaging schools in the planning, implementation and evaluation of health-related activities under the school self-evaluation process.

About the Author

Ciara Delaney

Ciara is a primary school teacher seconded from Attyrory National School, Co. Roscommon, where she worked as a Mainstream Class Teacher with Special Duties.

Ciara joined the PDST as a Health and Wellbeing Advisor, providing support in the areas of Teacher Wellbeing, Children's Wellbeing, Physical Education (PE), Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE), Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE), Child Protection, Anti-Bullying and the revised Stay Safe programme.

Core elements of Ciara's role within the team was the design and development of the Move Well, Move Often Physical Literacy Resource for Primary Schools and the Introduction to Teacher Wellbeing workshops. Following this, Ciara was appointed to the role of Team Leader for the Primary Health and Wellbeing Team.

Course Access & Certification

This course runs from Monday 4th July - Friday 19th August.

Registration is now open and the last date for registration is Wednesday 17th August.

Access to the course closes at 5pm on 19th August for all participants.

Certification

This course is approved for E.P.V. certification by the Department of Education

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