The Calgary Catholic School District, in partnership with SAIT, offers students an opportunity to earn a Dual-Credit Nutrition for Healthy Lifestyles Certificate in addition to an Alberta High School Diploma upon completion of their Grade 12 year. This is a two-year program offered to district students.
What is Nutrition for Healthy Lifestyles?
The focus of this program is nutrition, as it relates to human development and disease, current trends and the principles of critically evaluating information about nutrition. Topics, such as sports nutrition, health promotion, adult behaviour change process and education are also taught. 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.
Note: A maximum of 24 students will be enrolled each year.
What is a nutrition counsellor?
A nutrition counsellor is a person who advises on matters of food and nutritional impacts on health. As public demand for healthier foods and accurate nutrition information increases, the need for trained counsellors in nutrition is critical. Proper nutrition is central to a positive and healthy lifestyle.
In the Dual-Credit Nutrition for Healthy Lifestyles Program, students train to become a nutrition counsellor for health and wellness programs at fitness centres, weight management clinics or contract their services as a nutrition counsellor.
Note: This program does not qualify students to work as Registered Dietitians.
Who may enrol in this two year program?
Any CCSD high school student is eligible to apply for this program and must:
- Complete HCS3000 Workplace Safety Systems
- Achieve 60% in the following courses during the duration of the program: Math 20-1 or Math 20-2, ELA 30-1 or ELA 30-2, Chemistry 20, Biology 20 or Biology 30, Physics 30
- Realize this program is a four semester commitment
- Realize attendance is a high priority
- Be at least 15 years of age at the start of the program
Students may begin the Nutrition for Healthy Lifestyles Dual-Credit Program in the 2nd semester of Gr.10 or Gr.11. Students beginning in G.11 would need to complete the program one semester after graduating high school
How do students earn a SAIT Dual-Credit Nutrition for Healthy Lifestyles Certificate while in high school?
Students complete their high school diploma requirements using SAIT nutrition courses as CTS credits. This program has been designed to fulfill requirements of Alberta Education, and the SAIT Dual-Credit Nutrition Program.
Is there a practicum?
No, there is no traditional practicum, however, students have a major project in their last semester which involves a community partner. Students will also be required to attend some cooking labs, as needed, on various Friday mornings.
Who will teach the courses?
SAIT instructors will deliver the program at SAIT campus with some materials delivered online through SAIT’s D2L system. Students will be supervised by a CCSD off-campus teacher. Courses are delivered 3 mornings a week (Mon-Wed) from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
How do students get to SAIT?
Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from SAIT. LRT access takes students right onto campus. Parking is available at a cost to the student.
Is there a cost to the program?
This program is free to all students who are enrolled in a CCSD high school. Students are required to purchase textbooks and manuals over the course of the program.
How to apply?
Students apply at their high school through their counsellor, career practitioner, or off campus teacher.
What does the course load look like?
The program consists of four semesters beginning in a student’s Gr.10 or Gr.11.
Prior to beginning the course students should:
- Attend parent & student information session
- Complete the application form found on your high school D2L
- Complete HCS3000 (1 credit online CTS course)
- Take Science 10 in their first semester and Biology 20 in second semester of Gr.10
GRADE 10 (13 credits) Semester 2 (SAIT mornings only):
- FOD 1010 Food Basics
- FOD 1080 Food & Nutrition Basics
- FOD 3020 Nutrition & Digestion
- HSS 1020 Nutrition and Wellness
- HCS 1080 Cardiovascular System
- HCS 1060 Digestive System
- HCS 2130 Chronic Conditions
- HSS 1010 Health Services Foundations
- HSS 1090 Speaking and Presenting
- HSS 1080 Leadership Fundamentals
- MAM 1030 Communication Strategies 1
- FOD 3010 Food for Life Stages
- FOD 2910 FOD Project B
GRADE 11 (8 credits) Semester 1 (SAIT mornings only):
- FOD 2150 Food Safety & Sanitation
- FOD 2010
- HSS 1020 Nutrition and Wellness
- FOD 3120 Food Evolution/Innovation
- MAM 2060 Communication Strategies
- MAM 2910 Project B
- FOD 1040 Meal Planning
- FOD 2120 Meal Planning 2
GRADE 11 (10 credits) Semester 2 (SAIT mornings only):
- FOD 1060 Canadian Heritage Foods
- FOD 2170 International Cuisine
- FOD 2130 Vegetarian Cuisine
- FOD 2180 Vegetables and Fruits
- FOD 2190 Grains, Legumes/Pulses/Nuts/seeds
- HSS 1050 Introduction to Mentorship
- HSS 2050 Becoming a Mentor
- HSS 2920 HSS Project C
- FOD 2030 Food Decisions and Health
- HSS 3020 Mental Health & Wellness
Grade 12 (5 credits) Semester 1 (SAIT mornings only):
- HSS 1030 Communication Skills for Health Professionals
- HSS 2080 Leadership Fundamentals 2
- REC 2010 Nutrition for Recreation Activities & Sport
- REC 2910 Rec Project B
- CTR 2310 Career Directions – Expansion
What are the advantages of enrolling in this program?
This dual-credit program prepares students to enter the workforce as a nutrition counsellor.
Successful graduates of the program will earn:
- 36 high school CTS credits
- 22.5 SAIT credits
- SAIT Nutrition for Healthy Lifestyles Certificate of Completion
- Opportunity to write the Government of Alberta Food Safety and Sanitation exam to receive certification in Food Safety and Sanitation