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Program Code: 10231
Credential: Diploma
Program Length: 4 semesters
Start Dates: September

Program Overview

Humber’s Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyle Promotion diploma program prepares you for a career promoting health and wellness to individuals and groups of all ages and encouraging people to live a healthier lifestyle. Unique in nature, it is the only diploma program of its kind in Canada. In this program you will:

  • develop an understanding and knowledge of general and clinical nutrition, sport nutrition and physiology
  • gain valuable hands-on experience coaching and conducting health promotion seminars and workshops in our unique Humber Centre for Healthy Living
  • learn how to relay knowledge of essential nutrients into practical nutritious eating for clients by discovering the techniques of healthy cooking, food demonstration, recipe development and menu planning
  • nutritionally assess and analyze menus and recipes integrating financial, health and culinary criteria

This innovative program will provide you with the education and experience to work in the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. The curriculum is founded on evidence-based nutrition information and is taught by registered dietitians and other regulated health-care professionals.

Both the Food and Nutrition Management program and the Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyle Promotion program share a common first year of study. Qualified graduates can earn the Food and Nutrition Management diploma with two additional semesters of study. Earn two diplomas in three years! This may help streamline career aspirations.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  1. Conduct assessments of nutritional status, well-being, and lifestyle for clients low to moderate risk and effectively communicate assessment results.

  2. Apply knowledge of fundamental and clinical nutrition to prescribe appropriate diets, active living, and lifestyle programs to enhance nutritional status, health, and well-being of clients of low to moderate risk.

  3. Utilize appropriate interviewing and behavior change coaching and counseling skills to promote or enhance nutritional status, health, active living, and well-being of clients.

  4. Collaborate with individuals in the selection and adoption of strategies to improve their nutritional status, health, and well-being.

  5. Develop, revise and evaluate food items, recipes, and menus to maximize the nutritional content of healthy eating plans.

  6. Apply knowledge of the global food supply, sustainability and food technology in the development and revision of recipes, menus and healthy eating plans for individual and groups of clients.

  7. Develop, implement, and evaluate programs and events which respond to identified needs and interests of clients and maximize the benefits of diet, health, and well-being.

  8. Contribute to community health promotion strategies to improve the health of individuals, groups, organizations and institutions.

  9. Assist in the development of business plans for health and wellness programs, activities, and facilities.

  10. Develop and implement risk management strategies to ensure standards and regulations for food safety and sanitation are met.

  11. Implement ethical practices and ongoing personal and professional growth and development plans.

  12. Interact effectively and professionally with clients, staff, and volunteers in health and wellness programs, activities, and facilities.


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Work Placement

All students will complete a 14-week placement involving our on-campus Humber Centre for Healthy Living. Components include:

  • nutrition awareness events: students develop and deliver group educational workshops, displays and sessions for community, business and industry partners in various settings
  • practising nutrition coaching to Humber students and staff: students provide nutrition education for clients and support them in developing and achieving their health and nutrition related goals. This includes diet assessment, recommendations and development of a client tool kit.

Program Highlights

Experience a number of interesting and unique courses within the program such as:

Fundamentals of Nutrition

The beginning is the most important part of the work (Plato). In this course, students examine the fundamentals of nutrition by investigating the six classes of nutrients: carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, vitamins, minerals and water. Students examine current Canadian guidelines and recommendations and also learn to recognize and decipher credible sources of nutrition information.


Healthy Weights and Weight Loss

Healthy weight loss isn't just about a diet or program. It's about an ongoing lifestyle that includes long-term changes in daily eating and exercise habits (CDC, 2015) This course introduces the concepts of energy balance, healthy body weights and healthy strategies for weight management. Behaviour Modification approaches are examined to enhance the students abilities to facilitate behaviour change. Students practice various behaviour modification techniques and discuss their importance in promoting healthy living. Popular weight loss diets are evaluated and critiqued.


Nutrition and Chronic Disease

Over 20% of the Canadian population aged 20 years old and over is living with at least 1 major chronic disease such as cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease (Canadian Community Health Survey, 2014). Food and nutrition play an important role in health promotion and disease prevention. In this course, students explore the role of nutrition, diet and menu modification in the prevention and treatment of disease. Students practice adapting food and lifestyle goals for specific disease states. The role of modifying/fortifying food and the use of nutritional supplements are also considered, to help clients meet disease specific nutritional requirements.

The Humber Advantage

State-of-the-art Facilities

The practical components of this program are delivered in state-of-the-art culinary labs, ensuring you gain all the required technical and employability skills for your future career.

Humber Centre for Healthy Living

All students will receive hands-on experience in our on-campus Humber Centre for Healthy Living. Drawing on the expertise of Faculty of Health Sciences & Wellness faculty and students, the CHL offers a range of programs, services, and events for MAKING HEALTHY HAPPEN within the Humber community.


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The Humber Experience

The Right Fit

Do you love food? Do you care about helping people? Have a keen interest in combining the promotion of good nutrition and healthy lifestyles? Whether you are starting your career path or are currently working in the field of nutrition, fitness or culinary arts this program may be for you.


Uniform Orders

Select your uniform for this program.


Go Abroad

Study Abroad

Qualified students in this program may be apply to participate in experiential learning trips to the Mediterranean/Italy where they have a hands-on experience in food culture, diet and lifestyle of the Mediterranean.

Qualified students in this program may also apply to a study abroad service learning trip to contribute to a global community. Past service learning trips were to Nunavut and Nicaragua. In addition, eligible students have the opportunity to apply for a study abroad experiential trip to Peru.

Each year we offer a variety of experiential learning trip opportunities for students to study abroad.  Our annual short duration experiential trips in May are approximately two weeks in length. These faculty-lead study abroad trips are confirmed in the fall semester.

These trips vary each year and are subject to availability and eligibility requirements. Additional fees apply.

Your Career

The Lifestyles of Health & Sustainability industry (LOHAS) offers many opportunities to help individuals live more healthy and sustainable lives. You can expect to be a part of this rapidly growing, multi-billion dollar industry and find employment planning and promoting a healthy lifestyle in workplaces such as:

  • corporate and community food and food service organizations
  • educational facilities
  • entrepreneurial ventures in nutrition and health coaching, menu planning, meal preparation, and nutritional analysis
  • fitness and wellness centres
  • government agencies
  • weight management clinics

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

TrainCan - Advanced Food Safety Training and Certification (ADVANCED.fst®)

Qualified students have the opportunity to earn TrainCan - Advanced Food Safety Training and Certification (ADVANCED.fst®) certification as part of the program

Additional requirements may apply.

Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.

Program Availability

Start dates between Sept 2023 - Aug 2024
START DATE LOCATION STATUS
September 2023 North Open
Start dates between Sept 2023 - Aug 2024
START DATE LOCATION STATUS
September 2023 North Open

Centre for Healthy Living Testimonial

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Watch the video to hear how the program changed his life. A Humber faculty member offers a look at the Healthy Changes program in the Humber Centre for Healthy Living.


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Admissions Questions

General Enquiries

Call 416-675-3111 or email enquiry@humber.ca. If you have already applied, be sure to check your application status on myhumber.ca.

Domestic Applicants Enquiries

Domestic applicants can book a one-on-one advising appointment with an admissions representative.

International Applicants Enquiries

Contact the International Centre for information about full-time programs (including the International Graduate School), how to apply and to follow up on your submitted application.

Program-Specific Questions

Speak to the Program Co-ordinator about the course curriculum, projects and career options.

Tracie Sindrey, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 5725
tracie.sindrey@humber.ca

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Becoming an Apprentice

Find an employer willing to sponsor you as an apprentice.

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Work with your employer approximately one year before attending Humber.

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Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

If you’re in high school – grade 11 or 12 – you can earn co-op education credits through work placements in some skilled trades.

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How to Apply

Domestic Students

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program.

To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber’s program pages, search by availability, or ontariocolleges.ca.

To see where you are in the admissions process, visit the Admissions Road Map.

International Students

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

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Program Advising Appointments

Get help narrowing down your program options or book a one-on-one pre-enrolment advising appointment with one of our Recruitment Officers.

Transfer & Pathway Advising

Book a virtual appointment with a Student Mobility Advisor learn more about getting Transfer Credit(s) for previous post-secondary experience, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR), and Pathways options.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following three requirements:

  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

    • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
      • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
      • Grade 12 Mathematics (MAP4C, MCT4C, MDM4U, MCB4U, MGA4U, MCV4U or MHF4U or equivalent)
      • Two Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above

    or

    or

    Recommended

    • Grade 11 or 12 Biology (SBI3C, SBI3U) or equivalent. 

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet all listed course requirements.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

International Academic Equivalency

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

Professional Industry Standards

Once admitted into the program, you will be expected to follow professional industry standards for decorum, uniform, hygiene and personal presentation. Practical lab classes have strict uniform and attendance standards and policies which are mandatory for successful completion of these key courses.

It is mandatory to wear a Humber issued uniform in practical lab classes in this program. Admittance to these classes is not permitted if you are not in uniform. The cost for the uniform has been added to your first semester tuition fees. In order for the uniform to be available for the first day of class, students must submit their size requirements via an online order form. Uniform order form is located on the program description page.

Placement Requirements

The pre-requisite requirements must be fulfilled before the commencement of your placement. Participation in placements will not be allowed if not all the pre-requisite requirements are met. Due to the variety of venues and possible changes in legislation, the requirements are subject to change. Please use the following link to find detailed information about your program’s placement pre-requisite requirements. View Requirements

Equipment & Device Requirements

Semester 1

Details and Specifications Minimum Specifications Recommended Specifications
Processor Intel i5-8300H (PC)
4-core or higher 64bit (Mac)
Intel i5-8300H (PC)
4-core or higher 64bit (Mac)
OS Windows 10 (PC)
OS 10.15 (Mac)
Windows 10 (PC)
OS 10.15 (Mac)
Memory 8GB of RAM 8GB of RAM
Storage 256GB 256GB
Monitor Laptop Laptop
Other Built-in microphone and webcam, Software: Adobe creative and Microsoft office Suite Built-in microphone and webcam, Software: Adobe creative and Microsoft office Suite

Program-Specific Questions

Speak to the Program Co-ordinator about the course curriculum, projects and career options.

Tracie Sindrey, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 5725
tracie.sindrey@humber.ca

Fees & Financial Aid

The 2022-2023 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic: $4,218.86
  • international: $16,394.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

Additional Costs

$450 – textbooks (for one semester); $100 – safety shoes; $175 – tool set; nominal fees to cover the costs of industry field trips (varying by semester).

Financial Aid, Scholarships and Bursaries

Understand the costs associated with coming to Humber and explore resources available from first year to your final year on Student Fees and Financial Resources.

Scholarships

Humber Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for, visit Student Scholarships. International students can visit International Student Scholarships.

Humber Bursaries

Bursaries are available for Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs primarily based on financial need, visit Humber Bursaries.

External Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Find out more information about external scholarships and bursaries, visit External Awards.

Indigenous Student Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students, visit Indigenous Student Awards.

Explore Opportunities through Humber Pathways

Humber Pathways include:

  • Opportunities to build on your college education and complete your diploma or degree at Humber.
  • Degree and graduate study opportunities at other institutions in Ontario, Canada and abroad.
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