The Mediterranean Diet: An Approach to Better Health
Social workers are involved in providing support and education to patients and families in order to help them adjust to living with chronic illness. They are also instrumental in helping them obtain access to the proper resources needed in order to deal with their medical issues. In order to perform this function optimally, social workers must possess knowledge of the health risks that are most prevalent in their patient population, and understand the care that must be provided in order to prevent and control the diseases that may arise from these risk factors. This course provides knowledge of a specific dietary pattern that may reduce the risk of age-associated disease. By building a partnership with nutritionists and other members of the health care team, the social worker can help to create programs for their patients that can assist them with making healthy food choices, and with developing a positive attitude towards these changes. Dietary plans can be individualized to specific cultural preferences through food substitutions and modifications.