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Food and Nutrition Management Keeps Communities Healthy

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Summary: At Centennial College’s Food and Nutrition Management
program, students attend courses such as Food Service Accounting,
Medical Nutrition Therapy, and more.

Health and nutrition management plays a huge role in keeping
communities healthy. When you send your child to school and give him
or her money for lunch, you want to ensure that they are ingesting a
healthy lunch. When your loved one is hospitalized, you want to
ensure the meals they receive have nutritional value. That’s where
professionals who have attended a Food and Nutrition Management
come in. These Food and Nutrition Managers, Food Service
Coordinators, Dietary Managers and Quality Control Technicians are
tasked with very important responsibilities that ensure the growing
healthcare and food service industry continues to evolve.

Those who attend the two-year Food and Nutrition Management
program at Centennial College are especially equipped to handle their
duties as they are able to: practice in accordance with the code of
ethics of the appropriate professional association, the Canadian
Society of Nutrition Management; apply a knowledge of normal and
clinical nutrition; participate in the provision of nutritional care in a
variety    of    settings,   including  institutional  and    community
environments; participate in procurement of goods and services and
master menu planning; supervise the preparation of food products and
special feedings following standardized recipes and production
procedures; supervise food distribution according to established
standards; and supervise operational procedures to meet established
standards for safety and sanitation according to established policy,
procedures and regulations.

But how this Food and Nutrition Management program get students
from novices to seasoned professionals? First and foremost, the
offering is based at Morningside Campus, Centennial College’s most
high-tech location. At this campus, using Centennial’s Hospitality
Management Centre, students learn the practical aspects of quantity
food preparation and service and conduct experiments to learn the
physical food properties. This is achieved through a variety of lecture
and lab courses such as: Kitchen Production, Perspectives on Human
Aging, Food Properties Analysis, Purchasing for the Food Services
Industry, Food Service Accounting,        Medical   Nutrition   Therapy,
Supervision Practices and more.

Secondly the final seven weeks of Food and Nutrition Management are
balanced by a supervised work experience in a health care facility. This
allows students to not only apply what they have learned but also
network and work alongside seasoned professionals.

It is worth noting that the Food and Nutrition Management program
has received the President’s Academic Program Recognition Award for
Preparation for Job Market, Student Satisfaction, Graduate
Satisfaction, Employer Satisfaction and Quality of The Learning
Experience. It also holds an accreditation from the Canadian Society of
Nutrition Management (CSNM). The Food and Nutrition Management’s
CSNM accreditation ensures that graduates are automatically eligible
for membership in the CSNM and OSNM (Ontario Society of Nutrition
Management). CSNM membership is a requirement of the Ontario’s
Ministry of Health and Long Term Care to work in a long-term care
facility and most acute care facilities.

To apply for the Food and Nutrition Management program,
applicants are required to possess at minimum an Ontario Secondary
School Diploma or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. In
addition, they must have compulsory English 12C or U or skills
assessment, or equivalent and Math 11M or U or 12C or U or skills
assessment, or equivalent.

Author Details: Emma wrote this piece about the Food and
Nutrition Management program at Centennial College, which is
playing a major role in training students for the healthcare and food
service industry.

				
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