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Nutrition and Fitness Professional

Fitness and Nutrition CertificationOur online instruction in Fitness and Nutrition Certification concentrates on assisting others take on a healthy way of living. Lots of people are worried about personal well being and have a desire for health information. This program will supply students with the knowledge of how food nutrition supports optimum health, and how to help others fulfill the healthy and balanced goals they have for themselves.

This Fitness and Nutrition Certification program blends a two course training track:.

  •  Nutritional Consultant.
  • Fitness & Nutrition Coaching.

The Job Outlook
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects intermediate job growth for dietitians and nutritionists through 2020. Awareness of and emphasis on wellness, nutrition and fitness have developed in recent years. Need for physical fitness and nutrition consulting is forecasted to remain strong.

Nutritional Consultant


Even though many people comprehend the value of healthy and balanced nutrition practices and great physical fitness patterns, it is often hard to accomplish goals on their own. A Nutritional Consultant can aid clients embrace a healthy and balanced way of living. Our Nutritional Consultant training offers students along with knowledge of how food nutrition helps in
the prevention of illness and the advancement of ideal health. Students learn to carry out in-depth diet and lifestyle assessments as well as to counsel individuals on food plans customized to each individual’s preference, personality, and health goals. The fundamentals of whole food nutrition, digestive physiology, metabolism, nutritional biochemistry, and current research are presented. Furthermore, students will learn how healthy and balanced nutrition habits are used in the food industry. Our Nutritional Consultant course will provide students the training they will need to work with clients of all ages, backgrounds, and fitness levels.

Prerequisite(s): None.

After completing this program, you will have the ability to:

  • Comprehend healthy and balanced food guidelines and the best ways to prepare diets.
  • Identify how nutrition aids in health and how foods are used by the body.
  • Define minerals and vitamins and their function in the body.
  • Comprehend the integrity of nutrition information and how nutrition is used in the food industry.
  • Determine the nutritional needs throughout the lifespan.

Fitness & Nutrition Coaching

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Comprehend the importance of physical activity and nutrition for wellness
  • Identify the steps for measuring body mass and assessing physical fitness
  • Identify methods for building and maintaining muscular strength and flexibility
  • Comprehend the importance of stress management for fending off ailments of the mind and body
  • Identify the steps for starting your own coaching business

Fitness and Nutrition Certification:

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).


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).


** Certification exams are not included in the cost of the course.**

(Read the full course outline)


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
Read The Full Course Outline

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



Fitness & Nutrition Coaching Module 1
Physical Fitness, Wellness & Nutrition


  • Leading Health Problems in the United States
  • Lifestyle as a Health Problem
  • Importance of Increased Physical Activity
  • National Initiatives to Promote Healthy and Active Lifestyles
  • Federal Guidelines for Physical Activity
  • Wellness, Fitness, and Longevity
  • Fitness Standards: Health Versus Physical Fitness
  • Benefits of a Comprehensive Wellness Program
  • Assessment of Resting Heart Rate and Blood Pressure
  • Behavior Modification
  • Living in a Toxic Health and Fitness Environment
  • Motivation and Locus of Control
  • The Process of Change
  • Nutrition for Wellness
  • Nutrients, Carbohydrates, Fats (Lipids) & Proteins
  • Vitamins & Minerals
  • Choosing Healthy Foods
  • Advanced Glycation End Products
  • Diets from Other Cultures
  • Nutrient Supplementation
  • Nutrition for Athletes
  • Bone Health and Osteoporosis

Fitness & Nutrition Coaching Module 2
Body Composition, Weight Management & Cardiorespiratory Endurance


  • Techniques to Assess Body Composition
  • Body Mass Index & Waist Circumference
  • Determining Recommended Body Weight
  • Overweight Versus Obesity
  • The Weight Loss Dilemma & Diet Crazes
  • Eating Disorders & The Physiology of Weight Loss
  • Diet and Metabolism
  • Sleep and Weight Management
  • Exercise: The Key to Weight Management
  • Light-Intensity Versus Vigorous-Intensity Exercise for Weight Loss
  • Behavior Modification and Adherence to a Weight Management Program
  • Basic Cardiorespiratory Physiology: A Quick Survey
  • Aerobic and Anaerobic Exercise
  • Physical Fitness Assessment
  • Assessment of Cardiorespiratory Endurance
  • Moderate Versus Vigorous Intensity Exercise
  • Monitoring Exercise Heart Rate
  • Mode, Duration, & Frequency of Exercise
  • Fitness Benefits of Aerobic Activities
  • Getting Started and Adhering to a Lifetime Exercise Program
  • A Lifetime Commitment to Fitness

Fitness & Nutrition Coaching Module 3
Muscular Strength, Endurance, & Flexibility


  • Muscular Strength and Aging
  • Assessment of Muscular Strength and Endurance
  • Principles Involved in Strength Training
  • Strength-Training Exercises
  • Core Strength Training & Pilates Exercise System
  • Stability Exercise Balls & Elastic-Band Resistive Exercise
  • Exercise Safety Guidelines
  • Principles of Muscular Flexibility Prescription
  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation
  • Intensity, Repetitions & Frequency of Exercise
  • Preventing and Rehabilitating Low-Back Pain
  • Personal Flexibility and Low-Back Conditioning Program
  • Skill Fitness and Fitness Programming
  • Performance Tests for Skill-Related Fitness
  • Specific Exercise Considerations
  • Side Stitch, Shin Splints, & Muscle Cramps
  • Exercise and Aging
  • Physical Training in the Older Adult
  • Preparing for Sports Participation
  • Personal Fitness Programming: An Example
  • Cardiorespiratory Endurance
  • Muscular Strength and Endurance

Fitness & Nutrition Coaching Module 4
Stress, Cardiovascular Disease, & Cancer


  • The Mind/Body Connection
  • The Immune System
  • Sleep and Wellness
  • Perceptions and Health
  • Sources of Stress & Vulnerability to Stress
  • Time Management & Coping with Stress
  • Relaxation Techniques, Biofeedback, & Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  • Breathing Techniques for Relaxation
  • Visual Imagery & Autogenic Training
  • Meditation & Yoga
  • Prevalence of Cardiovascular Disease
  • Stroke & Coronary Heart Disease
  • Abnormal Electrocardiograms
  • Abnormal Cholesterol Profile
  • Counteracting Cholesterol
  • Trans Fats & Lowering LDL Cholesterol
  • Elevated Triglycerides & LDL Phenotype B
  • Elevated Homocysteine & Inflammation
  • Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome & Hypertension
  • Risk Factors for Coronary Heart Disease
  • Incidence of Cancer & Guidelines for Preventing Cancer
  • Early Detection & Warning Signals of Cancer

Fitness & Nutrition Coaching Module 5
Addictive Behavior, Sexually Transmitted Infections & Wellness

  • Risk Factors for Addiction
  • Drugs and Dependence
  • Nonmedical Use of Prescription Drugs
  • Marijuana, Cocaine, & Methamphetamine
  • MDMA (Ecstasy), Heroin, & Alcohol
  • Treatment of Addictions
  • Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, & Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
  • Human Papillomavirus and Genital Warts
  • Syphilis, HIV and AIDS
  • Guidelines for Preventing Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Lifetime Fitness and Wellness
  • Life Expectancy and Physiological Age
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)
  • Health/Fitness Club Memberships & Personal Trainers
  • The Fitness/Wellness Experience and a Challenge for the Future

Fitness & Nutrition Coaching Module 6
Starting Your Coaching Business

  • Prepare to Get Motivated
  • Differences Between Consulting & Coaching
  • Establishing Your Expertise
  • Setting Up Your Business
  • Choosing a Target Market
  • Setting Up Your Office
  • Finding Those First Clients
  • Deciding How Much to Charge
  • Creating Coaching Packages
  • Profit and Loss
  • Running Your Business
  • Improving Your Offerings
  • Keeping Those First Clients
  • Sales and Marketing Systems
  • Making a Profit
  • Company Operations Handbook
  • Publicizing Your Business
  • Hiring an Office Manager


Required Materials:

Nutritional Consultant

Materials included

  • Nutrition Your Life Science by Jennifer Turley and Joan Thompson

Fitness & Nutrition Coaching

Textbooks Included:

  • Principles & Labs for Fitness & Wellness by Werner W.K. Hoeger & Sharon A. Hoeger
  • Start Your Own Coaching Business by Monroe Mann and Entrepreneur Press



System Requirements:

Internet Access

  • Broadband or high-speed internet access is strongly recommended. Broadband includes DSL, cable, and wireless connections.
  • Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Moodle pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.



  • Virtually all Windows-Mac hardware configurations and processors are acceptable.
  • 1 GB RAM recommended
  • Software
  • Operating Systems
    • Windows XP or Vista and Mac OS X 10 and higher
  • Web Browsers
    • Mozilla Firefox 2 and 3 (previous versions will work also)
    • Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8
    • Safari is not currently recommended as it cannot display certain Moodle editing menus for both students and instructors
  • Media Plug-ins (These may be required depending on your course media-click on the links below to download the latest versions)
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Apple Quicktime
  • Windows Media Player
  • Real Player
  • PowerPoint Viewer (use this if you don’t have PowerPoint)