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 counselor?
A nutrition counselor 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 counselors 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 counselor for health and wellness programs at fitness centres, weight management clinics or contract their services as a nutrition counselor.
Note: This program does not qualify students to work as registered dieticians.
Who may enroll in this two-year program?
Any CCSD high school student is eligible to apply for this program and must:
- Complete HCS3000 Workplace Safety Systems course
- Achieve 60 per cent in the following courses during the duration of the program:
- Math 20-1 or 20-2
- ELA 30-1 or 30-2
- Chemistry 20 or Biology 20 or Biology 30 or 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 second semester of Grade 10 or Grade 11.
Note: Students beginning in Grade 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 three mornings a week Monday to Wednesday 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 also available at a cost to the student.
Is there a cost to the program?What are the advantages of enrolling in this 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.
This dual-credit program prepares students to enter the workforce as a nutrition counselor.
Successful graduates of the program will:
- Earn 36 high school CTS credits
- Earn 22.5 SAIT credits
- Receive a SAIT Nutrition for Healthy Lifestyles Certificate of Completion
- Receive the opportunity to write the Government of Alberta Food Safety and Sanitation exam to receive certification in Food Safety and Sanitation
How to apply
Students apply at their high school through their counselor, career practitioner, or off campus teacher.