Canteen Manager Training Part 1

Nutrition

Page last updated: 08 October 2013

In the nutrition section we will :

  • Briefly define what nutrition is
  • Describe some of the factors that affect food intake
  • Classify food according to the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating
  • Define what the nutrients of interest are in regards to decreasing the risk of chronic disease, and
  • Identify some of the nutrients we need to pay attention to, especially those of relevance to children.
Note: Important to acknowledge at this stage that it is recognised that most canteen managers will have some basic knowledge of nutrition. The purpose of this section is to ensure that all participants are at the same level. The activities are designed to recognise and make use of their prior knowledge.

Nutrition is a 3-part process
  • Food or drink is consumed
  • The body breaks down the food or drink into nutrients
  • The nutrients travel through the bloodstream to different parts of the body where they are used as ‘fuel’ and for many other purposes

Nutrition is complex. It involves the journey of food, drink, nutrients, and waste products through the whole body from ingestion to excretion.

Nutrients travel through the bloodstream to different parts of the body where they are used as fuel and for many other purposes. To give the body proper nutrition, a person has to consume enough of the foods that contain key nutrients.