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Diet, Exercise and Fitness

Embark on a career in the health and fitness industry or simply improve your own lifestyle! This diet, exercise and fitness course is jam-packed from 'improving fitness and activity' to 'supplements', you'll learn the fundamentals so can kick-start your career. See below for the topics you'll cover...

 

Introduction

  • Define health, activity, and fitness
  • Discuss the health risks of an inactive lifestyle and poor diet
  • Name and describe five components of fitness

Improving Fitness and Activity

  • Demonstrate an awareness of the obesity epidemic currently affecting industrialized nations
  • Discuss the importance of setting SMART goals
  • Identify barriers to maintaining an exercise routine
  • Plan ways to improve adherence to an exercise program

Measurement in Health and Fitness

  • Identify reasons to measure activity and fitness
  • Name tests for each aspect of physical fitness
  • Discuss tests for health variables including activity and blood pressure
  • Take precautions to ensure that tests are carried out in a consistent way

Planning a Fitness and Training Program

  • Name the principles of training
  • Understand the FITT Principle
  • Show awareness of the three energy systems
  • Use RPE to prescribe exercise intensity
  • Prescribe exercise following the FITT principle

Safety in Exercise

  • Talk about the importance of pre-exercise questionnaires
  • Describe the importance of a warm-up and cool-down
  • Recognise different types of injuries
  • Discuss safety factors pertaining to the exercise facility and the exercising individual that should be considered in designing a program

Anatomy and Physiology

  • Name the 11 physiological systems
  • Describe the structure and function of the:

Skeletal

Muscular

Circulatory

Respiratory

Nervous system

  • Describe the concept of homeostasis

Energy

  • List the forms of energy used by the body
  • Define the terms calorie and Calorie
  • Know the energy currency of the body
  • Describe in detail the three macronutrients, their components, and their subtypes
  • Recognize that cellular pathways convert macronutrients to ATP

The Digestive System

  • Name the parts of the digestive system, and describe their function
  • Identify the sites of absorption of the major vitamins and minerals
  • Discuss digestive enzymes
  • Name the hormones involved in the control of blood glucose

Vitamins

  • Discuss the three major functions of vitamins
  • Identify the function, RDA, and major food sources for each of the 13 vitamins
  • Mention the risk of toxicity for fat-soluble vitamins compared with water-soluble vitamins

Minerals

  • Discuss the roles of 7 important vitamins in the body
  • Identify the role of calcium in bone-building
  • State the RDA and some major food sources of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, copper, chromium, and selenium
  • Discuss the possibility of toxicity for each of these minerals

Supplements

  • Define the term food supplement
  • Discuss the risks and benefits of supplementing with certain:

Vitamins

Minerals

Macronutrients

Amino acids

Herbs and other substances

  • Define the terms antioxidant and free radical in the context of diet and exercise

Exercise and Diet for Chronic Disease Prevention

  • Discuss the risk factors for, negative health effects of, and dietary and exercise interventions for:

Obesity

Osteoporosis

Cardiovascular disease

Diabetes

Cancer

  • Describe some positive lifestyle changes that will reduce the risk of many diseases

 

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

At the end of this course successful learners will be given the option to receive a Certificate of Achievement from the Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

Level 3 Diet, Exercise and Fitness Certificate of Achievement

The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme. This means that learndirect has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed learndirect to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. The Quality Licence Scheme endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through our awarding organisations we have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. We are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Our knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables us to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

To view a sample of the Certificate of Achievement, please click here.

Diet, Exercise and Fitness

Embark on a career in the health and fitness industry or simply improve your own lifestyle! This diet, exercise and fitness course is jam-packed from 'improving fitness and activity' to 'supplements', you'll learn the fundamentals so can kick-start your career. See below for the topics you'll cover...

 

Introduction

  • Define health, activity, and fitness
  • Discuss the health risks of an inactive lifestyle and poor diet
  • Name and describe five components of fitness

Improving Fitness and Activity

  • Demonstrate an awareness of the obesity epidemic currently affecting industrialized nations
  • Discuss the importance of setting SMART goals
  • Identify barriers to maintaining an exercise routine
  • Plan ways to improve adherence to an exercise program

Measurement in Health and Fitness

  • Identify reasons to measure activity and fitness
  • Name tests for each aspect of physical fitness
  • Discuss tests for health variables including activity and blood pressure
  • Take precautions to ensure that tests are carried out in a consistent way

Planning a Fitness and Training Program

  • Name the principles of training
  • Understand the FITT Principle
  • Show awareness of the three energy systems
  • Use RPE to prescribe exercise intensity
  • Prescribe exercise following the FITT principle

Safety in Exercise

  • Talk about the importance of pre-exercise questionnaires
  • Describe the importance of a warm-up and cool-down
  • Recognise different types of injuries
  • Discuss safety factors pertaining to the exercise facility and the exercising individual that should be considered in designing a program

Anatomy and Physiology

  • Name the 11 physiological systems
  • Describe the structure and function of the:

Skeletal

Muscular

Circulatory

Respiratory

Nervous system

  • Describe the concept of homeostasis

Energy

  • List the forms of energy used by the body
  • Define the terms calorie and Calorie
  • Know the energy currency of the body
  • Describe in detail the three macronutrients, their components, and their subtypes
  • Recognize that cellular pathways convert macronutrients to ATP

The Digestive System

  • Name the parts of the digestive system, and describe their function
  • Identify the sites of absorption of the major vitamins and minerals
  • Discuss digestive enzymes
  • Name the hormones involved in the control of blood glucose

Vitamins

  • Discuss the three major functions of vitamins
  • Identify the function, RDA, and major food sources for each of the 13 vitamins
  • Mention the risk of toxicity for fat-soluble vitamins compared with water-soluble vitamins

Minerals

  • Discuss the roles of 7 important vitamins in the body
  • Identify the role of calcium in bone-building
  • State the RDA and some major food sources of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, copper, chromium, and selenium
  • Discuss the possibility of toxicity for each of these minerals

Supplements

  • Define the term food supplement
  • Discuss the risks and benefits of supplementing with certain:

Vitamins

Minerals

Macronutrients

Amino acids

Herbs and other substances

  • Define the terms antioxidant and free radical in the context of diet and exercise

Exercise and Diet for Chronic Disease Prevention

  • Discuss the risk factors for, negative health effects of, and dietary and exercise interventions for:

Obesity

Osteoporosis

Cardiovascular disease

Diabetes

Cancer

  • Describe some positive lifestyle changes that will reduce the risk of many diseases

 

Requirements

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

Endorsement

At the end of this course successful learners will be given the option to receive a Certificate of Achievement from the Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

Level 3 Diet, Exercise and Fitness Certificate of Achievement

The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme. This means that learndirect has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed learndirect to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. The Quality Licence Scheme endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through our awarding organisations we have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. We are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Our knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables us to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

To view a sample of the Certificate of Achievement, please click here.

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