Skip to 0 minutes and 12 secondsHELEN TRUBY: Food is essential in any culture, whether you live in a country that has a poor food supply, and you're simply using food to sustain life, or whether you live in a land of plenty where the choices we have around food are now enormous. And food can be good for you. It can be not so good for you. But does food have therapeutic properties? Should we actually turn away from conventional medicine and use food to treat us and prevent disease? Or does food now have a much more complimentary role in health and sustaining well-being? In historical times, we have always relied on food as medicine because that was simply all that we had.

Skip to 0 minutes and 49 secondsThis is one of the areas we'll be exploring in this course. But what role does it have now? Is it important to our health? Can we actually use it as medicine? Or can it really be used as a bad medicine? These are things that we're really going to look at in this course, and we hope that you enjoy it.

Welcome to the course

Watch Helen Truby introduce the course and talk more about what you’re going to learn, and how you’ll go about learning it.

Personal food journal

You may want to record the types of foods you’re eating now and then continue to record your intake throughout each day of the course as a personal food journal. Keeping the journal will encourage you to stop and reflect on the food you’re eating, but also help you to record and reflect on any changes you make to your intake over the duration of the course. This is a valuable means of looking back, reflecting on where you’ve come from and where you want to go.

Follow the course educator and course mentor

The course educator for this course is Helen Truby. The course also features mentoring by Melissa Adamski.

Consider following them to make sure you’re aware of the comments they’ve made throughout the course. You can follow them by selecting the links to their FutureLearn profile pages and then selecting Follow. That way, you’ll easily be able to see the comments they make.

Join the conversation

Follow @FLFoodAsMed on Twitter and use the hashtag #FLFoodAsMed to stay informed of course-related news and events, and to keep in touch with other learners.

Learning with others

We can also learn a lot from other people’s insights and experiences so the more you actively share your ideas and join in the discussions the more you will get out of this course. We suggest that you simply share insights from your own experience and ask the questions that are of interest to you.

This course is not designed to be therapeutic for any particular health condition. If you have any significant health concerns it's better that you do not to discuss those concerns with other learners and seek professional advice and support.

Learning online

Courses such as this one attract thousands of participants, which means it is not possible for us to provide individual help in most cases. But the big advantage is that learners can help each other. So if you know the answer to a question being asked, don’t be shy. Post an answer. If you find an answer or comment helpful, please ‘like’ it, so the best answers can be found more easily by others (filter by ‘most liked’).

Are you new to learning online or would just like to learn more about how you can better manage your time online?

Go to Learning Online: Reflection, Engagement and Motivation (LOREM) website produced by the Monash University Library for a detailed resource that addresses topics such as staying motivated and managing your time.

Talking point

We would like to start the course by hearing from you. There will probably be a variety of reasons why each of you have signed up to do this course and we have been really interested to read the introductions that many of you posted in the welcome area before the course started.

If you haven’t already introduced yourself or would like to provide more reasons for taking part in the course, take a moment to share your thoughts within the Comments. You can do this by selecting the pink + icon.

Perhaps you might like to tell other learners about who you are, where you’re from and why you are interested in learning about food as medicine, how you’re using food as medicine in your life right now or how you’re planning to change your approach to food.

Also consider reading and commenting on contributions made by other learners or following learners with similar interests as you. Responses to your comments can be viewed by selecting Replies at the top of this step. You can also ‘like’ comments or follow other learners throughout the course.

Would you like a certificate?

I appreciate that some learners will benefit from being able to document that they have participated on this course and engaged with the content.

This course will give you the opportunity to purchase a Certificate of Achievement. The Certificate of Achievement is a great way to prove what you have learned on the course and as evidence of your Continuing Professional Development. This is a personalised certificate and transcript, detailing the syllabus and learning outcomes from the course. It comes as a printed certificate as well as a digital version which you can add to your LinkedIn profile. To qualify, you must have marked at least 90% of the steps in the course complete.

There’s also an option to purchase a personalised Statement of Participation to celebrate taking part in Food as Medicine. To be eligible for the Statement of Participation, you must mark at least 50% of the steps on the course as complete. This also comes in a printed and digital format and you can add it to your LinkedIn profile.

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