This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to provide healthy eating information and support healthy attitudes to eating and body composition. This is undertaken in accordance with recommended guidelines within industry endorsed scope of practice. The scope of practice of a fitness instructor does not include:
- the provision of specific or individualised dietary analysis or advice, or information regarding: specific diets, fad diets, nutritional supplementation, sports foods, ergogenic aids and nutrition for exercise or sports performance;
- the provision of information or advice to people with medical conditions requiring specialised dietary advice, or to frail elderly people who are at risk of malnutrition, and;
- the provision of dietary information or advice for infants and toddlers.

The fitness instructor must refer clients to an Accredited Practising Dietitian, Accredited Sports Dietitian, or General Practitioner as appropriate.  This unit applies to fitness instructors who work in a variety of fitness locations such as fitness, leisure and community centres. These individuals typically work independently with some level of autonomy in a controlled environment. Work is performed according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - access and provide each client with: current healthy eating information from identified current healthy eating information resources; information on healthy eating related to the maintenance of health and prevention of chronic disease; - answer client queries and concerns regarding interpretation of healthy eating information; - collaborate with clients to implement healthy eating habits, and; - identify and prepare referrals for at least five clients to an Accredited Practising Dietitian, Accredited Sports Dietitian and/or General Practitioner as required: clients who have specific dietary requirements or dietary concerns; clients who need support regarding positive attitudes to eating.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - information to promote positive attitudes to eating and body composition; - current healthy information resources; - relevant current healthy eating information as outlined in the Australian Dietary Guidelines; - own role and limitations in providing healthy eating information; - role of Accredited Practising Dietitian, Accredited Sports Dietitian and General Practitioner for referring clients; - effects of cultural and social influences on food choices; - referral requirements, and; - concept of metabolism and the factors affecting metabolism.

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