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Dual-Credit Nutrition for Healthy Lifestyles

Length: 2.5 Years
Credential: Certificate
Available: Classroom

Program Highlights

Train to become a nutrition consultant for a variety of health and wellness programs through courses focused on nutrition, disease prevention and health coaching.

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Program length

  • Nutrition for Healthy Lifestyles is offered over five semesters (September to June for 2.5 years)
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Who is this program for?

Students in Grade 10 or 11 who:

  • are interested in a career in health and wellness related professions, such as nutrition, fitness, culinary or kinesiology;
  • are interested in learning more about nutrition or becoming a registered dietitian (with additional post-secondary education);
  • have strong time management skills; and
  • are able to safely complete tasks in a kitchen setting.

Program description

As demand for healthier food choices and accurate nutrition information increases, the need for trained consultants in nutrition is critical. Proper nutrition is central to a positive and healthy lifestyle. 

Nutrition, as it relates to human development and disease, current trends and the principles of critically evaluating information about nutrition are covered in this program. More advanced topics such as sports nutrition, health promotion, adult behaviour change process and education are taught in the second half of the program. Students will be provided with hands-on experience modifying and evaluating recipes for specific population needs and will complete a special project related to their areas of interest in healthy living.

Elements of the program require students have access to a computer with an internet connection.

Your career

Graduates often work as nutrition educators in corporate, community or school health and wellness programs, fitness centres, weight management clinics, or retail food outlets.

This program does not qualify students to work as registered dietitians.


Upon successful completion of this program, students will be eligible to receive a SAIT Nutrition for Healthy Lifestyles certificate.

Co-requisite requirements

In order to be eligible for a SAIT credential, students must successfully pass the following courses or equivalents with an overage average of at least 60%:

  • Math 20-1 or Math 20-2
  • English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2
  • Chemistry 20 or Biology 20 or Biology 30 or Physics 30

There may be other pre-requisite or co-requisites required by the school board for admission into this dual-credit program. Check with your local school board for further information.

To qualify for graduation from SAIT, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete the course requirements within the prescribed timelines. 


Course CodeCourse Name
COMM 208 Communication and Presentation Skills
FSAN 255 Food Safety and Sanitation
NUTR 201 Human Nutrition Fundamentals
NUTR 216 Nutrition Trends & Controversy
NUTR 225 Life Cycle Nutrition
PROJ 240 Experiential Project Preparation
ADED 250 Adult Education Principles & Design
NUTR 250 Sports and Fitness Nutrition
NUTR 267 Health Coaching
NUTR 268 Health Promotion in Nutrition
NUTR 281 Nutrition Adaptions
PROJ 250 Experiential Learning Project


Students who complete the dual-credit Nutrition for Healthy Lifestyles program are eligible to earn:

  • up to 36 high school Career and Technology Studies (CTS) credits
  • a SAIT Nutrition for Healthy Lifestyles certificate


Dual Credit 

To learn more about all dual-credit opportunities currently offered in Alberta, visit Alberta Dual Credit.

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