The aim of this preliminary study was to evaluate nutritional knowledge of instructors working in Milan. Fitness trainers are a resource for the general public to obtain exercise information, exercise prescription and guidance. The demand for nutritional advice is strong and fitness instructors are well positioned to respond. A questionnaire containing closed- and open-ended questions was filled by 43 instructors working in the 18 participating centres. 96% gave nutritional advice and 49% established diet plans. Rates of correct answers were: 63% for the “right or wrong” questions, 52% for the closed-ended questions, 33% for the multiple choice questions, 24% for the open-ended questions, 8% for the consumption recommendations. 58% of instructors self-rated their nutritional knowledge as insufficient. In several countries lack of formal training requirements for fitness personnel makes adequate counselling difficult.
|Title of host publication||1st Symposium: Kinesiological Education – the Present and the Future|
|Editors||Ivan Prskalo, Vatroslav Horvat, Marko Badrić|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
- Health Education
- Physical Activity