Assessments are a large part of working in the fitness industry. They allow for information to be gathered about clients with minimal guesswork. A client’s diet will affect their health and performance, both at present and in the future. In cases where clients incur injuries or illness, eating correctly can also improve their chances of a speedy path to recovery and restoring their wellness. Factors affecting a client’s diet include:
- Psychological influences, like obsession with food and/or body weight
- Information they have been given
It’s important when helping someone with their nutrition to assess and evaluate both physical and mental factors affecting their diet, as well as find ways to create positive change for them. Read on to learn about the importance of assessments in dealing with these factors!
What Are Some Assessments that Grads with a Nutrition Certificate Might Use?
Nutrition assessments are processes where information is collected and analyzed, to help clients understand and improve their nutritional needs, surpluses, and deficiencies. Some methods that are used in the world of nutrition to assess clients are:
- Individual Habits: Knowing what a client’s food intake is, whether they are on any medication, and what their attitudes are towards food can all prove useful when assessing a person’s diet.
- Physical Measurements: Body composition, or ratio of fat tissue to non-fat tissue, is one way of assessing a client’s level of fitness that can be directly related to their diet. A client’s history of body composition is also an important factor.
- Lab Tests: These show nutritional deficiencies such as anemia or low electrolytes.
- Family and Personal History: If there are certain medical conditions that exist in a client’s family history, or if they have had medical conditions in the past, this can also inform dietary needs and strategies.
A nutritionist certificate will allow you to train in exactly how to assess clients and get the valuable information you need to help them improve their lives.
How Is Information from Assessments Used Once It’s Obtained?
After you have collected the data that you need from nutritional assessments, you can use this information to compare your client’s nutrition to standards. These standards are to guide people towards proper nutrition for optimal health. By comparing your client to desired standards, you can see:
- what they need to work on, but also;
- what they are already doing well
Nutrition and health training is about striking an optimal balance, so you will still have plenty of room for positivity and opportunities to point out and celebrate successes with clients.
Nutrition interventions are actions that improve a client’s nutrition and can be used to resolve problems or reduce issues caused by nutrition. Setting goals based on nutritional assessments is a way of focusing and honing in on the best ways to improve. Goals need to be matched with what clients themselves want, what their lifestyles are, how their nutritional habits have been thus far and what they hold as personal values. In fitness, goals are specific so that clients can form behaviours around clear objectives.
- Keep clients accountable
- Point clients towards long-term change in the face of obstacles
- Extend a client’s view of what they are capable of doing
By properly assessing and gathering the appropriate information, you can create goals and strategies with clients that help them implement long-lasting, positive change in their lives.
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