Nutrition

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Nutrition course

A spinal cord injury can affect many body systems, like digestion, skin and bones. Eating the rights foods every day, and in the proper amounts, will help you get the essential nutrients your body needs to work at its best and stay healthy over time.

A healthy diet can give you the energy you need to remain active throughout the day; it’s also important to help prevent many of the secondary health conditions people with spinal cord injuries face, such as urinary tract infections, pressure sores and constipation.

Some of the most important nutrients you need include fibre, protein, calcium and vitamin D. It’s also crucial to drink enough water.

This course will give you practical tips on how to get these essential nutrients into your diet everyday, whether eating at home, or a restaurant and when you snack.

Resources like Canada’s food guide can help you plan your meals and develop healthy eating habits. And you’ll be inspired as you watch chef Pascal cook nutritious dishes designed to benefit your health.

In this course you’ll learn about:

  • A healthy diet – how it can help you remain active and prevent health conditions people with spinal cord injuries face, such as urinary tract infections, pressure sores and constipation
  • Vital nutrients you need including fibre, protein, calcium and vitamin D
  • The importance of drinking enough water
  • Practical tips on how to get essential nutrients into your diet whether you’re at home or at a restaurant
  • Resources like Canada’s Food Guide that can help you plan your meals and develop healthy eating habits
  • Nutritious dishes you can make at home – with inspiration from Chef Pascal!

Click here to read the script (text-only version) of this course

Course contents
Section 1 – Your Body Needs Healthy Food
1.1 – Good Food, Good For You!
1.2 – Digestive Health
1.3 – Urinary Health
1.4 – Bone Health
1.5 – Skin Health
1.6 – Body Weight
1.7 – Related Health Concerns

Section 2 – Building Blocks of Health
2.1 – Building Blocks of Health
2.2 – Fibre and Carbs
2.3 – Protein
2.4 – Fats
2.5 – Vitamins A, D, E, K
2.6 – Vitamins B & C, Calcium & Sodium
2.7 – Water & Fluids
2.8 – Food Groups & The Food Guide

Section 3 – Good Food Choices
3.1 – Eat Healthy Every Day
3.2 – Meal Planning
3.3 – Eating at Home
3.4 – Healthy Snacks
3.5 – Eating Out
3.6 – Bon Appetit