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PUBLISHED 2022-2023 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2022-2023 Credit Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nutrition for Healthy Lifestyles

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Program Description

As public demand for healthier foods and accurate nutrition information increases, the need for trained consultants in nutrition is critical. Proper nutrition is central to a positive and healthy lifestyle. The Nutrition for Healthy Lifestyles program is ideal for professionals currently working in health and wellness-related areas such as health coaching, education, health promotion, culinary and fitness.

In this program, students will learn about nutrition as it relates to human development and disease, current trends, and the principles of critically evaluating information about nutrition. More advanced topics on nutrition such as sports nutrition, health promotion, adult behaviour change process, and education are also taught. Throughout 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.

Program Overview

Fast Facts

  • This program should be completed full-time
  • Program Length:
    • Full-Time (2 Semesters)
  • This program is delivered in a classroom format
  • Full-Time Intakes:
    • Fall
  • Students require access to a personal computer with Internet in order to complete the required courses

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. Please note that this program does not qualify students to work as Registered Dietitians.

Student Success

Students who experience success in this program and profession:

  • Have higher secondary and/or post-secondary grades
  • Demonstrate a person interest in nutrition and health
  • Have strong leadership potential, and effective communication skills in English
  • May possess previous professional or volunteer experience in a health or wellness related setting


After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Nutrition for Healthy Lifestyles certificate.

Graduates will also have the opportunity to write the Government of Alberta Food Safety and Sanitation exam to receive certification in food safety and sanitation.


Graduates carry out unique roles in health promotion, for which there is not currently an accreditation body.


The progression requirement for students taking credit courses is a Term GPA and Total Institutional GPA of 2.0, with the exception of English Language Foundations and Academic Upgrading programs.

Admission Requirements

Completion of the following courses or equivalents with an overall average of at least 60%:

  • Math 20-1 or Math 20-2, AND,
  • English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2, AND,
  • Chemistry 20 or Science 20 or Physics 30 or Biology 30.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

Program Outline

Total Credits 22.5

Program Outcomes

  1. Use effective written, verbal, and non-verbal communication skills in all settings.
  2. Demonstrate compassion and respect in all aspects of interaction with staff and work experience participants.
  3. Adhere to legal and ethical requirements with personal and professional accountability and responsibility to ensure the protection and safety of practitioners, clients, and the public.
  4. Collaborate effectively within the classroom and experiential workplace to achieve a high standard of performance.
  5. Use critical thinking skills and an evidence-based approach in all aspects of healthy nutrition to support behavior change and healthy choices in the client population.
  6. Plan for participation in life-long learning and continuing education in order to excel in personal practice as a nutrition consultant.
  7. Educate clients and families to encourage self-management and achieve improved quality of overall health.
  8. Demonstrate proficient use of technology to promote best practice in nutrition consulting.
  9. Develop skills that can be used in a variety of career paths.

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