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Fitness and Nutrition Certificate Program - Course Details

Penn Foster Career School’s online fitness and nutrition certificate program consists of seven courses of study to help you gain the knowledge and skills relevant to the fields of health and nutrition. Fitness and nutrition courses will cover anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, as well stress management, strength and conditioning, and nutrition classes.

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

This certificate is designed to teach students the fundamentals of the fitness and nutrition field—from healthy menu planning and weight-loss strategies to targeted fitness routines and flexibility training.

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to...
  • Understand how fitness affects physical and mental well-being, assess current fitness, plan goals, and recognize opportunities in the fitness field
  • Understand how medical terms build meaning by combining word parts, with a focus on exercise science terminology
  • Identify major organs and their functions within each system
  • Understand how nutrients fit into a healthy eating plan, and distinguish the ingredients needed to prepare healthy and specialized menus
  • Identify muscle structures and their roles in movement, and understand the physiology of muscle contraction and the importance of attaining good posture
  • Recognize the structures of the pulmonary circuit and understand the design of cardiorespiratory exercise programs
  • Understand the benefits and safety concerns of resistance training, and identify exercise routines for functional training
  • Identify the structures of the upper and lower body, and identify programs and exercises to enhance upper- and lower-body fitness
  • Recognize the benefits of increased flexibility, ascertain the components of safe training, and know how to minimize stress
  • Understand how to determine short- and long-term fitness goals, design programs, track progress, and promote lifetime fitness
  • Identify common risks and signs of disease, know how to obtain and use screening data, and understand how to supply exercise information for people with health conditions
  • Recognize how to keep clients motivated and avoid liability issues

Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program.

Objectives:

  • Understand how to use your Student Portal.
  • Access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers.
  • Connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.
Feel good, both physically and mentally, by managing your personal health.

Objectives:

  • Describe the basic components of a fitness plan.
  • Identify and handle stress.
  • Shop for and choose healthy foods.
  • Set fitness goals and choose exercise plans that fit your lifestyle.
  • Identify careers in the fitness and nutrition industry.

You need strong medical vocabulary skills to succeed in your career.

Objectives:

  • Break medical terms down to understand their meaning.
  • Describe the rules of medical terminology.
To conduct exercise classes, plan fitness programs, and become an effective personal trainer, you need to be comfortable using the language of the fitness industry.

Objectives:

  • Use exercise science terminology fluently.
  • Understand how fitness training and exercise routines affect the body and specific muscles.
This lesson is the first part of Fitness Anatomy and Physiology.

Objective:

  • Describe the overall function of and major structures within the digestive, urinary, musculoskeletal, and nervous systems.
This lesson is the second part of Fitness Anatomy and Physiology.

Objective:

  • Describe the overall function of the endocrine, circulatory, and respiratory systems.
Additional Unit Materials

Online Resources:

  • Calculate fitness level based on a one-mile-walk test
  • Determine one’s target heart rate
  • Detection, Management, and Treatment of high blood pressure

Some nutritional needs are the same over a lifespan, others vary over time.

Objectives:

  • Describe nutritional needs for all ages.
  • Identify nutrition for infants to ensure adequate physical and mental growth and development.
  • Identify nutrition for seniors to maintain strong bones and physical and mental acuity.
Fitness professionals are expected to know enough about nutrition to recommend healthy recipes and menus.

Objectives:

  • Compose a list of healthy ingredients and recipes.
  • Offer healthy-eating demos.
Physiology—how systems function and act—and kinesiology—how mechanics and anatomy relate to movement—will be presented, providing you with fuller insight into motion and movement.

Objective:

  • Describe how muscles, bones, joints, and other body structures unite to get you moving.
Proper posture and balance are important to physical health.

Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of posture and balance and current theories on achieving correct posture and balance.
  • Assess posture and identify exercises that will assist in attaining the best posture and balance possible.
  • Describe how poor posture can lead to bodily pain, injury, and reduced quality of life.
Additional Unit Materials

Online Resources:

  • USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP)
  • Berkeley Wellness Letter
  • Aetna InteliHealth
  • National Cancer Institute
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Dietetic Association
  • American Heart Association
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS) Healthfinder
  • International Food Information Council
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Quackwatch
  • Food and Health Communications
  • BMI calculators and charts
  • Healthy Menu Planning

Cardiorespiratory fitness can be measured by assessing the heart's ability to pump oxygen-rich blood throughout the body to the working muscles during exercise, as well as by the efficiency with which the muscles use oxygen to produce energy.

Objectives:

  • Describe cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
  • Understand the cardiovascular benefits of exercise.

Additional Lesson Material:

  • Online resources: links to The American Heart Association; the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; the American Red Cross; the American Academy of Family Physicians; the American Dietetic Association; and the American Lung Association.
Cardiorespiratory fitness is the ability to maintain high-endurance aerobic exercises, such as cycling, swimming, and running, for a prolonged period of time, without the early onset of performance-inhibiting fatigue.

Objectives:

  • List general principles of cardiorespiratory exercise.
  • Describe the physical and psychological benefits of cardiorespiratory fitness.
Strength training, also called weight training and resistance training, is an important tool for achieving a complete healthy body. Strength training isn’t just for athletes; anyone who wants to build or tone muscle can use strength training to achieve a fitter body.

Objectives:

  • Describe the advantages of incorporating strength training into a fitness program.
  • Be familiar with traditional strength-training workouts.
  • Identify safety factors that need to be addressed with strength training.
Strengthening the core can generate tremendous benefits and is the one area of the body that will always give you a great return on your fitness investment.

Objectives:

  • Describe the function and importance of the core.
  • Get the core in great shape.
Additional Unit Materials

Online Resources:

  • The American Heart Association
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
  • American Red Cross
  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • American Dietetic Association
  • American Lung Association

Often, the upper body is the first part of the body to show wear and tear from the stresses and strains of daily life. As posture deteriorates, the heart and lungs become physically strained.

Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of upper-body exercises for maintaining proper posture, aligning the spine, and maintaining joint positioning.
  • Strengthen the neck, shoulders, arms, and torso.
  • Describe how upper-body fitness contributes to the performance of daily activities and exercise programs.
  • Achieve and maintain a fit upper body.
A powerful lower body is essential to a strong and balanced physical foundation.

Objective:

  • Strengthen the thighs, lower back, lower abdominals, buttocks, and calves.
Everyone needs some flexibility to function in everyday life.

Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of flexibility.
  • Describe how to stretch without injury.
Participation in any fitness activity presents some risk of injury. Fitness professionals should do everything possible to ensure that their clients are exercising safely.

Objective:

  • Identify and prevent common fitness injuries.
This lesson teaches you how to apply stress-reducing techniques to tense situation.

Objectives:

  • Describe how stress affects people physically and mentally.
  • Use techniques to handle stress.

Exercise, healthy eating, and stress reduction must be practiced over a lifetime to maintain fitness.

Objectives:

  • Demonstrate strong personal commitment to fitness.
  • Establish fitness goals for yourself and your clients.
  • Design, monitor, and maintain fitness programs appropriate to clients’ needs.
Combine your knowledge of fitness, exercise, stress reduction, and good nutrition.

Objective:

  • Describe fitness programs for the general population.
Fitness professionals know how to design exercise routines so their clients not only look and feel better but actually achieve better overall health through improved mental and physical function.

Objectives:

  • Assess one’s current health and fitness status.
  • Identify the team members who may be involved in the assessment process.
Everyone who can exercise should exercise.

Objective:

  • Determine what exercises clients should do to maintain a maximum level of fitness throughout their lives.

You now know the nuts and bolts of designing fitness programs and interacting with your clients and students. This course is designed to help you become a fitness leader.

Objective:

  • Motivate and inspire clients to exercise.
A number of legal and ethical issues apply to sports and the fitness industry.

Objective:

  • Identify some of the issues, challenges, and legal and ethical responsibilities involved in being a fitness professional.

Additional Details

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered in the Penn Foster Program. Prospective students should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where they plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in this Program. Click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

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Sample Fitness and Nutrition Lesson

Penn Foster courses are written in a way that is easy to understand, and materials are broken down into manageable lessons. Take a look at what a fitness and nutrition course would look like.
Penn Foster Fitness and Nutrition Sample Lesson
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As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.
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