Nutrition & Fitness Professional Program

Counseling & Coaching
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Our online training in Nutrition and Fitness Professional Program focuses on helping others adopt a healthy lifestyle.  Many people are concerned about personal wellness and have a need for health information.  This program will provide students with the knowledge of how food nutrition promotes optimal health, and how to help others accomplish the healthy goals they have for themselves. 

Nutritional Consultant

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 an exploration 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 create 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.

Prerequisite(s): None

Fitness & Nutrition Coaching

Our Fitness and Nutrition Coaching course provides all the information you need to coach others to their optimal health. This comprehensive guide will show you all the aspects of health and wellness and how they can be applied to unique individuals. 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. Learn 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 they can use to improve their quality of life. Students will also learn about developing a successful coaching business, marketing your practice, and growing profit.

Prerequisite(s): None

** Course Subject to Change.

Nutritional Consultant

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Define national dietary guidelines and recommendations 
  • Recall the role of various foods, vitamins, minerals and their impact on the body
  • Identify how nutrition aids in daily functioning and health
  • Recognize nutritional needs throughout human development
  • Describe methods for achieving optimal health

Fitness & Nutrition Coaching

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

Nutritional Consultant Module 1
Nutrition and You

  • Defining Nutrition, Health, and Disease
  • What Are Nutrients?
  • The Broad Role of Nutritional Science
  • Health Factors and Their Impact
  • Assessing Personal Health
  • Sustainable Food Systems

Nutritional Consultant Module 2
Achieving a Healthy Diet

  • A Healthy Philosophy Towards Food
  • Nutritional Balance and Moderation
  • Dietary Guidelines
  • National Goals for Nutrition and Health
  • Recommendations for Optimal Health
  • Understanding Dietary Reference Intakes
  • Nutrition and Media

Nutritional Consultant Module 3
Nutrition and the Human Body

  • The Cell
  • Digestion and Absorption
  • Nutrients Are Essential for Organ Function
  • Energy and Calories
  • Digestion and Absorption Disorders

Nutritional Consultant Module 4

  • Digestion and Absorption of Carbohydrates
  • Functions of Carbohydrates in the Body
  • Diabetes
  • Health Consequences and Benefits of High-Carbohydrate Diets
  • Personal Diet Choices
  • Attributes of Carbohydrates
  • Sugar Substitutes

Nutritional Consultant Module 5   

  • What are Lipids?
  • How Lipids Work
  • Digestion and Absorption of Lipids
  • Understanding Blood Cholesterol
  • Balancing Your Diet with Lipids
  • Lipids and the Food Industry
  • Lipids and Disease

Nutritional Consultant Module 6

  • Defining Protein
  • The Role of Proteins in Foods: Cooking and Denaturation
  • The Many Different Types of Proteins
  • Protein Digestion and Absorption
  • Protein Functions in the Body
  • Diseases Involving Proteins
  • Proteins, Diets and Personal Choices 

Nutritional Consultant Module 7
Nutrients Important to Fluid and Electrolyte Balance

  • Water’s Importance to Vitality
  • Regulation of Water Balance
  • Electrolytes Important for Fluid Balance
  • Consequences of Deficiency or Excess
  • Water Concerns
  • Popular Beverage Choices

Nutritional Consultant Module 8
Nutrients Important as Antioxidants

  • Generation of Free Radicals in the Body
  • The Atom
  • The Body’s Defense
  • The Body’s Offense
  • Oxidative Stress
  • Antioxidant Micronutrients
  • Antioxidant Vitamins
  • The Whole Nutrient Package vs. Disease

Nutritional Consultant Module 9
Nutrients Important for Bone Health

  • Bone Structure and Function
  • Bone Mineral Density
  • Micronutrients Essential for Bone Health: Calcium and Vitamin D
  • Phosphorous, Magnesium, Fluoride and Vitamin K
  • Osteoporosis and Risk Factors
  • Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment
  • Deficiency, Supplementation and Choices

Nutritional Consultant Module 10
Nutrients Important for Metabolism and Blood Function

  • Blood’s Function in the Body and in Metabolism Support
  • Metabolism Overview
  • Catabolism: The Breakdown
  • Vitamins for Metabolism, Blood Function and Renewal
  • Minerals for Metabolism, Blood Function and Renewal
  • Iron-Deficiency Anemia

Nutritional Consultant Module 11
Energy Balance and Body Weight

  • Body Mass Index
  • Body Fat Content
  • Fat Distribution
  • Balancing Energy Input with Energy Output
  • Factors Affecting Energy Intake
  • Too Little or Too Much Weight
  • Dietary, Behavioral and Physical Activity Recommendations 

Nutritional Consultant Module 12
From Pregnancy to the Toddler Years

  • The Human Life Cycle
  • Changes During Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy and Nutrition
  • Eating During Pregnancy
  • Infancy and Nutrition
  • Nutrition in the Toddler Years 

Nutritional Consultant Module 13
From Childhood to the Elderly Years

  • The Human Life Cycle Continues
  • Childhood and Nutrition
  • Puberty and Nutrition
  • Children and Malnutrition
  • Older Adolescence and Nutrition
  • Middle Age and Nutrition
  • Old Age and Nutrition

Nutritional Consultant Module 14
Nutrition and Society: Food Politics and Perspectives

  • Historical Perspectives on Food
  • The Food Industry
  • The Politics of Food
  • Food Cost and Inflation
  • The Issue of Food Security
  • Nutrition and Your Health
  • Diets Around the World 

Nutritional Consultant Module 15
Achieving Optimal Health: Wellness and Nutrition

  • Diet Trends and Health
  • Fitness and Health
  • Threats to Health
  • Food Supplements and Food Replacements
  • Foodborne Illness and Food Safety
  • Start Your Sustainable Future Today
  • Careers in Nutrition 

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Fitness & Nutrition Coaching

Fitness and Nutrition Coaching Module 1  
Physical Fitness and Wellness

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

Fitness and Nutrition Coaching Module 2    
Nutrition and 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 and 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 and 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 and Nutrition Coaching Module 5 
Stress Assessment and Cardiovascular Disease

  • 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 and 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 and 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 and 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

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses are always under improvement for your benefit**

Ed4Career is committed to being both environmentally conscious and making it easier for you to study! We’re making your education mobile! All of our textbooks are now provided as eTextbooks*. You can access them on your laptop, tablet, or mobile device and can study anytime, anywhere.

The move away from physical books to eTextbooks means you get the latest, most up-to-date version available. This also makes your training more accessible, so you can study anywhere you have your phone or tablet. The best part is that all materials are included in your training cost so there are NO extra fees for books!**

*A few courses still have physical materials.

Nutritional Consultant

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 & Nutrition Coaching

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).

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

Internet Connection

  • Broadband or High-Speed - DSL, Cable, and Wireless Connections

*Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

Hardware Requirements

  • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
  • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended


PC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Windows 7 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2013 or higher. Also, you could use a general Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • The Kindle Reader App or VitalSource Bookshelf App are needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • QuickTime, Windows Media Player &/or Real Player


MAC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Mac OS x 10 or higher with Windows
  • Mac office programs or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers- Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • The Kindle Reader App or VitalSource Bookshelf App are needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Media Player