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Health & Fitness Programs ►Nutrition and Fitness Professional Certificate Program

This training program combines a two course training track:

  • Nutritional Consultant
  • Fitness & Nutrition Coaching

The general public has come to realize that they can influence their own health. This insight has spurred an interest in personal wellness and created a desire for health information. There are differing views about what specifically constitutes health and wellness. In general, it can best be described as a blend of physical health and health sciences. Health is not just the absence of illness but it’s a feeling of overall well-being. This course takes a personalized approach that guides you through the development of an attainable and enjoyable fitness and wellness program. The program provides current, practical information and tips on health and fitness topics, from nutrition and stress management, to flexibility and strength. Each individual is responsible for their own personal health, but first they must be given proper information. As a Fitness & Nutrition Coach you will be able to provide people with information to improve their health and quality of life. In this course you will also learn more about developing a successful coaching business and marketing your coaching practice.

The Job Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects moderate job growth for dietitians and nutritionists through 2020. Awareness of and emphasis on wellness, nutrition and fitness have grown in recent decades. Demand for fitness and nutrition consulting is projected to remain strong.

Nutritional Consultant (270 Hours)

Although many people understand the importance of healthy nutrition habits and good fitness patterns, it is sometimes hard to accomplish goals on their own. A nutritional consultant can help clients adopt a healthy lifestyle. Our nutritional consultant training provides students with anexploration of how food nutrition contributes to the prevention of illness and the promotion of optimal health. Students will identify how to conduct in -depth diet and lifestyle evaluations and advise individuals on food plans customized to each individual’s taste, temperament, and health goals. The fundamentals of whole food nutrition, digestive physiology, metabolism, nutritional biochemistry, and current research are presented Additionally, students will discover how healthy nutrition habits are used in the food industry. Our Nutritional Consultant course will give students the training they need to work with clients of all ages, backgrounds, and fitness levels

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Comprehend healthy food guidelines and how to plan diets
  • Identify how nutrition aids in health and how foods are used by the body
  • Define vitamins and minerals and their role in the body
  • Comprehend the credibility of nutrition information and how nutrition used in the food industry
  • Identify the nutritional needs throughout the lifespan

Fitness and Nutrition Coaching (270 Hours)

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Comprehend the basic philosophies surrounding self-coaching
  • Define the coaching process
  • Identify the steps for developing coaching skills
  • Identify methods for asking questions
  • Comprehend emotional intelligence and self-management

Child Health, Safety and Nutrition 180 Hours

The Child Health, Safety and Nutrition class is for anyone who works in a role that touches children's lives. The material is based on the most current research and reflects the latest developments in health, safety and nutrition as well as their application in multiple settings. This course covers the contemporary health, safety and nutrition needs of infant through school-age children, with extensive coverage of topics critical to the early identification of children’s health conditions and the promotion of children’s well-being. Collaboration with families, sensitivity to individual differences and the critical importance of health, safety and nutrition education continue to be stressed. This course is clear, concise and thought-provoking and is loaded with easy-to-access checklists, guidelines and lesson plans that no early childhood student or professional should be without!

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Recognize the importance of physical activity and nutrition for wellness
  • Identify the steps for measuring body mass and assessing physical fitness
  • Recall methods for building and maintaining muscular strength and flexibility
  • Describe the importance of stress management and behavior modification for overall health
  • List the steps for starting your own coaching business

Nutritional Consultant Module 1

Nutrition Basics and Planning Diets

  • Nutrition Terminology
  • Carbohydrates
  • Proteins
  • Lipids/Fats
  • Vitamins, Minerals, and Water
  • Food Labels
  • Dietary Reference Intakes
  • The Myplate Food Guidance System
  • Dietary Guidelines and Recommendations
  • Food Compositions Information and the Exchange Lists

Nutritional Consultant Module 2

Nutrition in Health and the Science of Nutrition

  • The Gastrointestinal System
  • From Food to Cells in the Body
  • Photosynthesis and Fiber
  • Carbohydrates Storage and Disorders
  • Lipids in Heart Disease and Cancer
  • Scientific Inquiry Tied to Genetics, Evolution and Obesity
  • Energy Balance
  • Body Composition and Weight Control
  • Principles of Fitness for Health
  • Fundamentals of Exercise for Nutrition

Nutritional Consultant Module 3

Vitamins, Minerals, Nutrition, and the Food Industry

  • Nutrient Issues and Fat-Soluble Vitamins
  • Water-Soluble Vitamins
  • Water and the Electrolytes
  • Major Minerals in Bone and Protein
  • Trace Minerals
  • Credibility of Nutrition Information
  • Food, Drugs, and Supplements
  • Food Additives
  • Food Safety: Microbial Growth
  • Food Issues: Consumer Awareness

Nutritional Consultant Module 4

Nutrition through the Lifespan

  • Reproductive Fitness
  • Prenatal Nutrition
  • Nutrition for Lactation
  • Nutrition During Infancy
  • Childhood Nutrition
  • The Physical, Cognitive, and Social Triad during Childhood
  • Adolescent Nutrition
  • Nutrition Needs During Adolescence
  • Nutrition for the Older Adult
  • Older Adult Fitness and Lifestyle Management

Fitness & Nutrition Coaching Module 1

Physical Fitness and Wellness

  • Life Expectancy
  • Lifestyle
  • Physical Activity
  • Types of Physical Fitness
  • Guidelines for Physical Fitnes
  • Wellness Education
  • Living in a Toxic Environment
  • Personal Values and Behavior
  • Planning and Willpower
  • Self-Efficacy
  • Behavior Change Theories

Fitness & Nutrition Coaching Module 2

Nutritionand Weight Management

  • Nutrients
  • A Healthy Balanced Diet
  • Nutrient Supplementation
  • Benefits of Food
  • Iron Deficiency
  • Body Composition
  • Body Shape and Health Risk
  • Weight Management in the Modern Environment
  • Physiology of Weight Loss
  • Types of Exercise

Fitness & Nutrition Coaching Module 3

Endurance and Muscular Fitness

  • Basic Cardiorespiratory Physiology
  • Aerobic and Anaerobic Exercise
  • Assessing Cardiorespiratory Endurance
  • Benefits of Strength Training
  • Gender Differences
  • Factors that Affect Muscular Fitness
  • Strength-Training Exercise
  • Exercise Safety Guidelines

Fitness & Nutrition Coaching Module 4

Muscular Flexibility and Fitness Programming

  • Benefits of Good Flexibility
  • Assessing Flexibility
  • Flexibility Exercises
  • Preventing and Rehabilitating Low Back Pain
  • Exercise Prescription
  • Skill-Related Fitness
  • General Exercise Considerations
  • Nutrition and Hydration
  • Women’s Health and Exercise
  • Exercise and Aging

Fitness & Nutrition Coaching Module 5

Behavior Modification

  • How the Body Adapts to Stress
  • How Perception and Attitude Affect Health
  • Sleep and Time Management
  • How the Body Responds to Stress
  • Forms of Cardiovascular Disease
  • Stroke
  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • Cardiovascular Risk Reduction

Fitness & Nutrition Coaching Module 6

Cancer and Addiction

  • How Cancer Starts
  • Genetic vs. Environmental Risk
  • Dietary Changes
  • Early Detection
  • How Addiction Develops
  • Drugs and Dependence
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Why People Smoke

Fitness & Nutrition Coaching Module 7

Lifetime Fitness and Wellness

  • Types and Causes of Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Four Most Common Bacterial STIs
  • Four Most Common Viral STIs
  • Preventing Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Life Expectancy and Physiological Age
  • Conventional Western Medicine
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Self-Evaluation and Behavioral Goals

Fitness & Nutrition Coaching Module 8

Starting Your Coaching Business

  • Consulting vs. Coaching
  • Setting Up Your Business
  • Choosing a Target Market
  • Setting Up Your Office
  • Finding Those First Clients
  • Deciding How Much to Charge
  • Creating Coaching Packages
  • Keeping Those First Clients
  • Sales and Marketing Systems
  • Making a Profit
  • Publicizing Your Business
  • Hiring an Office Manager


Nutritional Consultant (135 Hours).

Upon successful completion of our Nutritional Consultant course, students will be prepared for an entry-level position as a nutritional coach and will be prepared to sit for the NCCB national certification exam to become a Certified Nutritional Coach (CNC).

Fitness and Nutrition Coaching (240 Hours).

Upon successful completion of our Fitness and Nutrition Coaching course, students will be prepared to sit for the NCCB national certification exam to become a Certified Health and Fitness Coach (CHFC).