Health U.: A Nutrition Curriculum for Teenagers with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Linda G. Bandini, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Carol Curtin, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Richard K. Fleming, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Melissa C. T. Maslin, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Renee Scampini, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Abstract

The Health U. curriculum is designed to be taught by registered dietitians or educators who have had college-level courses in nutrition. It contains age-appropriate nutrition education materials for adolescents and young adults with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities. The goal of the Health U. program is to encourage a healthy lifestyle and includes 10 lessons, each of which provides a short discussion where new concepts are introduced, an activity that provides hands-on learning, time to engage in movement/physical activity, and a "taste test" that encourages expansion of students' food repertoires.