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Group education on the low-FODMAP diet

Hui tōpū o te whiringa kai FODMAP ā raro

The low-FODMAP diet is a short-term eating plan where you avoid foods that are high in FODMAPs. This is to see if your irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms improve. Following a low-FODMAP diet improves symptoms for three out of four people with IBS.

Following a low-FODMAP diet can be tricky, especially if you do not have the right information and support. Group education on the low-FODMAP diet aims to help you to follow the diet. The sessions also aim to help you find out which foods are triggering your IBS symptoms.

Ask your GP or practice nurse if you're eligible for group education on the low-FODMAP diet. If you're eligible, your GP, practice nurse or specialist will refer you.

Village Health (who is running the education sessions) will text you to confirm if you've been accepted into the group education programme. They will invite you to book a session via the Village Health website.

Session details

The educations sessions are held in the evening at Village Health, 30 Lincoln Road, Spreydon. Online sessions are also available. There are usually eight to 12 people in a session. Two dietitians who are experts on the low-FODMAP diet facilitate the sessions.

At the 90‑minute session you'll learn how to follow the low-FODMAP diet. You'll get written information about low- and high-FODMAP foods, a shopping guide, meal plan and recipes.

If your IBS symptoms go away or improve after four weeks on a low-FODMAP diet, you'll be invited to attend a 60‑minute follow-up session. In this session you'll learn how to reintroduce FODMAP foods. This will help to work out which FODMAPs you tolerate, and which trigger your symptoms.

Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand Waitaha Canterbury subsidises the education sessions but there is a cost to attend. The first session costs $30, and the follow-up session costs $20.

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed July 2021.

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Review key: HIIBS-27995