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Doing nutrition better: a fresh approach

Extend your practical knowledge of nutrition with our one-day workshop
Two thirds of Australians are obese or overweight. Many are on fad diets that don’t work and might even be harmful, and others try unsuccessfully to follow official dietary guidelines. Why is it so hard?
Note: the 2018 workshop is now sold out. If you are interested in the 2019 session, please register your interest.

Course overview

Traditional approaches to nutrition in Australia are failing. This workshop will present a new approach to nutrition and examine why we find it so hard to follow nutritional advice when modern food environments exploit and work against our biology. Armed with this understanding, we will discuss methods to deliver nutritional behaviour change.

Date: 2019 (TBA)

Time: 8.30am – 4.30pm

Location: Level 6 Seminar Room, Charles Perkins Centre

Fee: TBA

Registrations: register your interest for next session.

Course content

The workshop will be divided into two parts. In the first session, Professor David Raubenheimer, professor of nutritional ecology and nutrition and Charles Perkins Centre Nutrition Theme leader, will discuss a new view of nutrition, and show how it has been used to understand dietary choices and their consequences in many non-human species.

He will then explain how this approach has allowed for a new understanding of important issues in human nutrition, including the causes of obesity and the link between diet and ageing. He will also explain why highly processed foods are problematic, the benefits of some traditional dietary patterns, and hidden dangers of some popular fad diets.

The second part of the day will be led by Professor Margaret Allman-Farinelli, professor of dietetics and Charles Perkins Centre Project Node Leader. Her session will provide a practical approach to incorporating behaviour change techniques to support healthy habit formation. She will discuss how to harness technology to deliver individual nutrition behaviour change programs to large numbers of people. 

Learning outcomes

Whether you are interested in your own diet, developing skills in face-to-face counselling or in using or designing websites and apps to reach a larger community, this program will offer new insight and a real world and interactive approach for implementing it.

By attending this workshop you will be able to:

  • gain a clear overview of the need for interdisciplinary thinking in nutrition
  • recognise the importance of nutrient-specific appetites
  • understand how nutrient specific appetites interact with human food environments to influence health
  • recognise behaviours that need to be changed for better nutrition
  • identify behaviour change techniques that address the targeted areas for changing diets
  • expand your knowledge on best practice in design and evaluation of a technology-mediated nutrition program

This is one of the most popular workshops at the Charles Perkins Centre; make sure you register your interest for the 2019 workshop.