SISFFIT053 - Support healthy eating for individual fitness clients

    Unit code: SISFFIT053 | Study level: TAFE
    Footscray Park


    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to identify individual client needs for healthy eating advice, and provide information that supports clients to establish healthier eating patterns. Information is based on the current Australian national dietary guidelines and associated resources which aim to promote optimal health and wellbeing for generally healthy people.
    The unit requires the ability to recognise situations that are beyond the scope of practice for fitness instructors and to provide referrals to medical and allied health professionals with expertise to advise on nutritional needs.This unit applies to personal trainers who work independently with clients using discretion and judgement to plan for and deliver exercise programs, and to provide support to individual clients. They practise in settings such as fitness facilities, gyms, leisure and community centres, client workplaces and homes and outdoor locations.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce & extend knowledge and skill competence within set & controlled parameters in accordance with each unit’s learning outcomes & 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:
    Evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit in the context of the job role, and:

    • support healthy eating for three fitness clients and for each of the three clients:
    • identify daily eating patterns
    • compare daily eating patterns with the recommendations of Australian national dietary guidelines
    • assist clients with change to achieve healthier eating patterns using national dietary guidelines and associated resources, and:
    • provide information about daily patterns of healthy eating and recommended proportions of the five food groups
    • provide examples of healthy meals and snacks
    • provide information about healthy ways to prepare and cook food
    • educate clients about how to interpret nutrition information on food labels
    • consistently use client-centred communication during all interactions
    • maintain accurate records of client goals and advice provided
    • seek and evaluate feedback from clients and consider ways to improve own practice
    • according to actual client interactions or case studies, respond to two clients seeking advice or services outside scope of own practice for providing nutrition advice, and for each client:
    • advise client why their nutrition needs are outside scope of own role
    • provide information about the appropriate type of medical or allied health professional with relevant expertise
    • write a referral that provides clear information about the client and the reasons for referral.

    Required reading

    The qualified trainer and assessor will provide teaching and learning materials as required in the form of workbooks produced by the VUPolytechnic and/or via the VU Polytechnic e-learning system.

    As part of a course

    This unit is not compulsory for any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.

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