Program Overview

The Fitness and Nutrition Certificate consists of seven instruction sets. Students begin the program by studying Managing Personal Health. Students assess their current lifestyle and the effects it may have on their well-being. Students learn the importance of proper weight management as personal qualities to becoming a fitness leader. The students practice medical terminology and identify basic structures and functions of the human body.

Students are taught how to suggest food to individuals with allergies, and portray the necessity of vitamins and minerals for proper body functioning. The students create menus for clients, and analyze the recipe’s nutritional content. This teaches the student to understand caloric content and be able to demonstrate healthy techniques for weight loss and energy. By understanding muscle performance, students are more aware of good posture and balance and the health benefits that follow. By maintaining proper posture, breathing and digestion are affected, allowing for more strength and flexibility. Students learn safe training methods, and the advantages of resistance training.

In learning the advantages of cardiorespiratory exercise, students can determine a person’s target heart rate and normal heart rate range. Students study cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular strength and endurance, and how to strengthen core muscle groups.

There are many benefits to having upper and lower body strength. Students study practical applications to achieve body fitness, including fitness routines for shoulders, neck, chest, arms, and upper and lower back. Flexibility often increases range of motion in individuals. Students are taught the benefits of flexibility and the relationship flexibility plays in injury. The students practice stretching techniques and learn components of flexibility training programs.  Stress can play a significant role on a person’s overall health. Stress on the human body can bring on physical and psychological ramifications. Students learn various techniques to reduce stress and enhance relaxation.

Students in the Fitness and Nutrition Certificate program offered by Penn Foster Career School learn how to measure and track self progress. Students are trained in planning health assessments, creating fitness programs, and setting goals. Part of the course curriculum includes general and specialized health assessments and appropriately measuring strength and flexibility. Finally, students should learn leadership and communication skills by creating effective workouts and establishing a good rapport with clients.

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    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Penn Foster Career School, Penn Foster High School, and Penn Foster College are nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

    School Overview

    Penn Foster’s expertise in distance learning and genuine desire to help students meet their educational aspirations has helped students worldwide for over a century. More than 13,000,000 people have benefitted from Penn Foster programs, and more than 130,000 students are actively enrolled in studies. Penn Foster offers online career-focused and blended learning opportunities completely at a distance, and retains headquarters in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

    Penn Foster supports distance education students with:

    • Open enrollment
    • Self-paced online courses 
    • 24/7 online support
    • A Penn Foster Study Planner that organizes study plans and due dates
    • Exams provided through the online Student Portal
    • Career services 

    Penn Foster offers a broad scope of degrees, careers diplomas, and certificates ranging from high school diplomas to undergraduate certificates to associate and bachelor’s degrees. Three schools make up Penn Foster.

    • Penn Foster College awards associate and bachelor’s degrees.
    • Penn Foster Career School provides career diploma and certificate opportunities.
    • Penn Foster High School gives students the choice to earn a traditional high school diploma, or opt to complete diplomas with career concentrations.

    Degree programs offered at Penn Foster College include studies in:

    • Business Management
    • Finance
    • Graphic Design
    • Medical Assistant
    • Human Resources Management.

    Many of the programs can be finished within two years; however, completion time depends upon the degree program as well as each student’s schedule.

    There are over 70 vocational training programs and 20 associate degrees. Industrial courses allow students to build their skill set in a variety of fields such as:

    • Construction
    • Vehicle Maintenance
    • Mechanical Maintenance
    • Industrial Safety.

    Though Penn Foster does not have a physical campus, some courses may blend online learning with more traditional forms of correspondence courses, including textbooks and print materials for study purposes.

    In addition to national accreditation, Penn Foster is recognized by:

    • Regional accreditation by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools for Penn Foster Career School non-degree granting postsecondary programs 
    • Regional accreditation by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools for Penn Foster High School grades 9 through adult
    • An Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)
    • State licensure by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools for Penn Foster Career School and Penn Foster High School
    • State licensure by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education for Penn Foster College, with authorization to award Associate of Science Degrees, Bachelor of Science Degrees, and Undergraduate Certificates
    • ACE CREDIT, of the American Council on Education, for many of Penn Foster College courses

    Penn Foster upholds a strong, military-friendly relationship and retains a 2016 Military Friendly School® designation by G.I. Jobs. Penn Foster supports the military and veterans with discounts and VA benefits.

    Students who are interested in more details on specific programs and requirements should request more information.


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