Session 16. Digestive Health

The Physicians Committee

Session 16. Digestive Health

Aim: To help participants to understand how smart food choices maintain digestive health.


  • Attendance sheet
  • Chapter 16: Digestive Health from Nutrition Education Curriculum DVD
  • AV equipment to show DVD
  • Extension cord
  • Large writing surface and writing tool
  • Paper/pens for group members

Welcome and Introductions:

  • Pass around attendance sheet.
  • Ask participants (one by one) to discuss their successes and challenges of the past week.


DVD (9:54): “Digestive Health” from The Power of Food: Session 6

The DVD covers:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Gall stones
  • Colon cancer
  • Constipation

Lecture and Discussion:

  • If gas is a problem, the culprit is often beans or other legumes. The solution is to: (1) start with small servings and (2) cook beans thoroughly.
  • Is fiber from whole grains, fruits, and vegetables good for the digestive tract?

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