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  • Objectives
    This program is designed to train and prepare individuals as qualified fitness and health consultants working within the fitness and lifestyle industry. Graduates are equipped with the skills to accurately assess and monitor health and fitness levels to prepare safe and effective programs that meet client needs and interests. As fitness and health promotion professionals, graduates will provide services and programs to a variety of diverse populations within profit and non-profit sectors. The program offers instruction in the areas of physiology, fitness assessment and exercise prescription, as well as health promotion and lifestyle counselling, nutrition, injury management, program planning, marketing, leadership, motivation and interpersonal skills.
  • Practical experience
    Students will also have the opportunity to obtain nationally recognized professional certifications as well as gain valuable field experience during their on campus internship and field placement within the fitness and lifestyle industry.
  • Academic Title
    Fitness and Health Promotion Ontario College Diploma
  • Course description
    Level One
    COMM1860     Applied Writing Skills

    Description: Students will be introduced to a variety of vocationally-specific formats and further development of their paragraph writing skills leading to the creation of more comprehensive documents.
    Hours: 15
    Credits: 1

    FIT1040     Group Fitness Leadership I: Program Design
    Description: This course focuses on the principles of group fitness instruction and program development including exercise intensity, flexibility techniques, exercise recovery and body composition. Completion of this course will begin to prepare students for the written and practical exam for the Certified Fitness Leadership Certificate from the Ontario Fitness Council.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    HEAL1035     Applied Anatomy and Physiology (for Fitness and Health Promotion)

    Description: This course supplements the Anatomy and Physiology course by applying concepts in relation to the Fitness and Health Promotion theory. Theories of homeostatis and basic structure and function of cells, tissues, organs and systems are examined. Emphasis is placed on cardiovascular, respiratory, muscular and skelatal systesm to prepare students for Anatomy and Physiology II.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    HEAL1100     Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan

    Description: This course introduces the fundamental concepts of holistic health and wellness from both an individual and community perspective, including the role of self-responsibility in relation to personal well-being and societal factors that influence health status (i.e., social determinants of health). Topics will focus on several dimensions of health and wellness across the lifespan. Specific topics of focus will also include stress management, nutrition, physical activity, substance abuse, social/emotional wellness, spirituality, a healthy environment and psycho-social health. Students will be introduced to complementary therapies that enhance personal health and well-being. Students will be encouraged to apply this knowledge in their personal lives.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    LIBS1230     Get Fit I
    Description: This course is designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of the components of fitness and its application within their lifestyle. Emphasis will be placed on fitting fitness into the lifestyle of the participant and applying the basic concepts within fitness. Students will be required to develop and implement a personal fitness plan and program and apply/demonstrate appropriate fitness skills. This course will balance fitness theory with hands-on fitness training and will vary as the course progresses.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    PNUR1035     Anatomy And Physiology
    Description: The focus of this on-line course is on the basic structure and function of the human body. Knowledge of the theories of homeostasis and the basic structure of cells, tissues, organs, and systems provides the student with a solid preparation for more detailed physiology in Physiology & Pathophysiology. Basic microbiology related to practice and human disease is included.
    A weekly one-hour tutorial is available to assist the student to be successful in this course.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    PSYC1010     Psychology: Basic Processes Of Behaviour

    Description: Psychology is the study of behaviour - that of humans and other creatures. This one-semester course is about the basic concepts of psychological research methods, learning, memory, perception, states of consciousness, motivation, and emotion.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    RSCH1000     Math and Research Applications for Fitness and Health Promotion

    Description: In this course, students learn and apply the necessary math skills utilized in the fitness industry. Furthermore students will examine research and understand the importance and use of research in fitness.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    Level Two
    FIT1050     Group Fitness Leadership II: Application and Practice

    Description: This course builds on the concepts learned in Group Fitness Leadership I. Students will learn how to plan and instruct a group exercise class. Topics include class formats, music, cueing and monitoring of class participants and group dynamics. Completion of this course, in conjunction with Group Fitness Leadership I, will prepare students for the written and practical exam for the Certified Fitness Leadership designation from the Ontario Fitness Council.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    HEAL1050     Anatomy & Physiology II

    Description: A continuation of Anatomy and Physiology I, this course completes the study of human organ systems including cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive and urinary. Students will be instructed on the function and adaptation of body systems to exercise. Environmental factors influencing bodily systems in relation to exercise will also be discussed.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4

    HEAL1080     Biomechanics of Functional Movement and Exercise

    Description: This course builds on the Anatomy and Physiology courses by examining how the bones, muscles and joints function during exercise and every day functional movement. Emphasis will be placed on the components of the musculoskeletal system and their role in creating movement in order to design safe and effective exercises
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    HEAL1090     Motor Learning and Control

    Description: This course examines the fundamental processes underlying human movement and explores how humans master skilled movements. The principles of motor performance and learning will be applied to personal training scenarios, where motor skills need to be taught and coached.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    HEAL1160     Health Promotion Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation

    Description: This course will instruct students on the proper planning, implementation and evaluation of quality health promotion programs for a variety of audiences including individuals, community groups and workplaces.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    HEAL1230     Injury Prevention and Management

    Description: This course will focus on recognizing and managing injuries related to physical activity and sports. Prevention of injuries, including assessment of environmental conditions and medical conditions contributing to the incidence of injury are also discussed.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

          Electives: General Education
    Description: Student must complete a minimum of 36 Hours

    Level Three
    BUS1030     Marketing and Entrepreneurship

    Description: Students will develop an understanding of the principles of marketing and entrepreneurship and the fundamentals of small business management along with an in-depth understanding of these principles as applied to the fitness and health promotion industry. Content is presented from a marketing perspective with a focus on strategies unique to the service industry.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    DIET1070     Fundamentals of Nutrition
    Description: This course will examine the importance of nutrition as applied to the dietetic technician. Topics will focus on the macro and micronutrients of carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins, minerals and water. Food security in the world including nutrition and malnutrition will also be discussed. Throughout the course, practical applications of information are emphasized.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    HEAL1110     Introduction to Fitness Assessment and Prescription
    Description: This course provides an introduction to the application of assessment in the field of fitness and focuses on health screening and fitness methodologies necessary for fitness participation and prescription. In addition, students will learn the practical skills and theory necessary to design safe and effective exercise programs based on assessment results. Students will have the opportunity to practice exercise technique and personal training skills. Topics include principles of training, exercise monitoring, correct exercise and spotting techniques and program design for cardio-respiratory fitness, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4

    HEAL1130     Lifestyle Coaching and Behaviour Change

    Description: This course introduces students to health promotion and behaviour change theory. Students will learn the importance of ongoing and guided dialogue to assist in understanding client needs and interests. A broad overview of counselling and coaching techniques will be covered. Students will apply an understanding of planning and implementing behaviour change and self-improvement to their personal lives as well as to their clients.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    HEAL1140     Fitness and Lifestyle Management for Diverse Populations

    Description: This course emphasizes the varying fitness and health needs of diverse populations. The guidelines for working with clients with special needs and/or health concerns will be discussed. Students will learn to identify health conditions that influence individual health and well-being of clients.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    HEAL1150     Fitness Management and Administration
    Description: This course introduces students to the concepts and practices involved in the management of fitness and health facilities. Topics include personnel and program management, financial management, health, safety and risk management and facility maintenance. Concepts and practices that contribute to facility success and increased facility efficiency and positive working relationships are discussed.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    Level Four
    HEAL1170     Fitness Assessment

    Description: Building on the concepts learned in Introduction to Fitness Assessment and Prescription, students will assess current fitness levels according to the Canadian Physical Activity Fitness and Lifestyle Appraisal (CPAFLA)--a systematic approach to appraising and counselling on the fitness of individuals.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    HEAL1180     Exercise Prescription

    Description: This course builds on Introduction to Fitness Assessment and Prescription and focuses on providing students with hands-on exercise instruction. Students will be instructed on the proper physical execution of exercises and the proper verbal and tactile cues to use when working with clients. Students will also learn to analyze movements and exercises, determine what muscles are involved in a variety of exercises and create and apply a wide variety of exercise programs to meet the client’s goals and needs.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    HEAL1190     Therapeutic Exercise and Restoration
    Description: This course exposes students to an understanding of therapeutic techniques and exercises to service clients with rehabilitation and restoration needs.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    HEAL1200     Special Topics in Fitness and Health

    Description: This course focuses on current issues and trends in the fitness and health industry. A broad range of topics will be covered including the obesity epidemic, exercise trends, fad diets and more. This seminar style course provides students with the opportunity to research and present personal topics of interest while expanding their insight and knowledge of the fitness and health industry.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    HEAL1210     Campus Internship
    Description: Under the guidance of program faculty, the Campus Internship provides students with the opportunity to practice and develop their skills in fitness and health promotion. Students will provide fitness and health promotion programs and services to the Conestoga College population (staff and students) such as fitness assessments and developing, promoting, implementing and evaluating health awareness campaigns and interventions. Fitness and Health Promotion students may work along side other students from various disciplines as an interprofessional experience that facilitates peer-to-peer learning across health-related fields (e.g., nursing students, recreation and leisure students etc.).
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    HEAL1220     Field Placement

    Description: This placement is designed to give the student an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired in the classroom and put them into practice. Students are expected to complete a minimum of 120 hours in a supervised facility while being monitored by a fitness and/or health professional. They are expected to perform a variety of tasks such as plan, promote and deliver fitness and health promotion programs and services.
    Hours: 120
    Credits: 4

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