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.
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