Nutrition and Healthy Eating Training Course

Nutrition and Healthy Eating Training
£ 30 +VAT

A healthy, well-balanced and nutritious diet is essential for good physical health and positive mental wellbeing. In order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, our bodies require a variety of vitamins and minerals which we must obtain from the food that we eat.

This course aims to provide learners with an introduction to nutrition and healthy eating so that they know more about which foods make up a nutritious menu, understand the link between diet and health, and can effectively use the information provided by the Eatwell Guide to create a balanced diet.

  • Developed by a qualified dietician
  • Accredited by CPD
  • Follows the CIEH Level 2 Award in Healthier Food and Special Diets syllabus
  • Fully online course and assessment with no time limits
  • Full audio voiceover
  • Approximate duration: 3-4 hours
  • On completion, certificate is posted the next working day

Who should take this course?

This course has been designed to provide people with a basic understanding of nutrition and so is suitable for learners of all levels. No pre-requisite knowledge or training is required.

The course is particularly beneficial for those whose job roles involve catering, serving food to the public or creating menus. For example, people who work in restaurants, cafes and canteens, such as in a school, hospital, care setting or prison or simply at home.


CPD Approved

All of our courses are accredited by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to universally accepted Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

On successful completion of the course you will be sent a quality assured certificate through the post the next working day. This can be used to provide evidence for compliance and audit. 

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If you wish to try this course then register for a demo by clicking the 'interactive demo' button. You will be given the option to purchase and continue with your course at the end of your demo!

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Course content

1Introduction to nutrition

What is nutrition? The Eatwell Guide, key terms, malnutrition, energy and your responsibilities.

2Protein, Fat and Carbohydrate

High and low quality proteins, combining and balancing proteins, visible and invisible fats, fatty acids, simple and complex carbohydrates, balancing carbohydrates and dietary fibre.

3Water and Fluids

Water, hydration, dehydration and alcohol.

4Essential Vitamins

Vitamins A, D, E, K and C, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12 and folate.

5Essential Minerals

An explanation of the different types of carbohydrate and fibre, where they can be found and what they are used for. The importance of fluids.

6Using the Eatwell Guide to Create a Balanced Diet

8 tips for eating well, the Eatwell Guide, proportions, fruit and vegetables, starchy carbohydrates, dairy and alternatives, proteins, oils and spreads and fatty, salty and sugary foods.

7How Diet Affects Health

Why people neglect a healthy diet, dietary targets, obesity, cutting down on sugar, heart disease, cutting down on saturated fat and salt, diabetes and food allergies and intolerances.

8Nutritional Requirements of Different Groups

Infants, children, adolescents, adults, pregnant women, older people, ethnic and religious groups, vegetarians and slimmers.

9Catering for Different Diets

Schools, hospitals, residential homes and prisons.

10How Food Processing Affects Nutrition

What is processed food? High and low temperatures, the effects of cooking, drying, controlling air-flow, chemical preservatives, food additives, irradiation and fortification.

11Food Labelling

Food labelling regulations, nutrition information and nutritional claims.

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Aims of the course

By the end of this course, learners will:

  • Understand which foods make up a healthy, well-balanced diet.
  • Understand the roles that protein, fat and carbohydrate play in the diet, plus the best foods to eat in order to obtain these nutrients.
  • Understand the importance of essential vitamins and minerals and know where they can be found.
  • Know how to use the Eatwell Guide to create a balanced diet and healthy menu.
  • Have an awareness of how a poor diet can negatively impact health and wellbeing.
  • Understand the different nutritional requirements that people may have and know how to cater for them.
  • Understand how processing, including cooking and preservation, affects the nutrient content of food.
  • Know how to interpret the information provided on pre-packaged food labels.


The online assessment is taken on completion of the training material. You will be asked 30 multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 80%. The answers are marked automatically so you will instantly know whether you have passed. If you don't pass don't worry! You can take the test as many times as you need with no extra charge.

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