Fitness and Nutrition Certificate
Penn Foster

Program Details

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 ramificatio

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School Accreditation & Licensing

Penn Foster is accredited by:

Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)

Penn Foster High School, Penn Foster Career School, and Penn Foster College have all met the high standards of integrity and performance set by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). 

Penn Foster Career School is regionally accredited for non-degree granting postsecondary programs, and Penn Foster High School is accredited for grades 9 through adult, by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association for Colleges and Schools.

Penn Foster Career School has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)

All Penn Foster programs are affiliated with DANTES, which qualifies U.S. military personnel for tuition reimbursement.

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

High School or Equivalent

Application Requirements

Official High School Transcript/GED Score