Fitness and Health Promotion Program Impacts All Areas of Society

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Fitness and Health Promotion Program Impacts All Areas of Society Photo by Jason White

In a society that is becoming increasingly obese as exercising seems to decrease in importance, Fitness and Health Promotion professionals are more important than ever before. These professionals include: fitness instructors, personal trainers, fitness consultants, and wellness/fitness program developers. In their various roles, they assist individuals and groups to reach their highest potential for overall wellbeing in the community, corporate fitness, municipal recreation, retail fitness, hospitals, businesses and corporate fitness.
At Centennial College, students can complete a Fitness and Health Promotion program in just two years. This offering prides itself on combining practical learning in laboratory and placement settings as well as theoretical lectures to offer students comprehensive academic grounding. In these Fitness and Health Promotion courses there is an emphasis on mental health as an essential part of a holistic approach to well being, anatomy and physiology, fitness assessment, leadership skills, injury management, nutrition, fitness marketing, health promotion, computer skills and cross cultural awareness. Among the specific Fitness and Health Promotion courses are: Health and Wellness Concepts (introduces students to the fundamentals and dimensions of fitness and wellness from a holistic perspective); Fitness Assessment (examines key elements required in evaluating the physical fitness status of individuals with various assessment strategies, tests and tools); A Wellness Approach to Stress Management (provides skills for immediate application that will contribute towards a life-long program of stress management); and more.

To ensure that they retain what they have learned, Fitness and Health Promotion students work with the college community at the newly constructed Athletic and Wellness Center located at Progress Campus. Here, they have the opportunity to assist in the attainment of fitness assessments goals of students from programs such as Police Foundations, Pre-service Fire and Paramedic.

The final aspect of Fitness and Health Promotion is Industry Field Placement during which students integrate and apply the knowledge and skill acquired throughout the program in a safe and challenging real world setting. Prior to each Fitness and Health Promotion field placement, students require: an annual clear police check with vulnerable sector screening; successful completion of an annual renewal of a recognized course in CPR (health care provider level); successful completion of a recognized course in standard first aid Aside from earning an Ontario College Diploma, Fitness and Health Promotion students have the opportunity to gain the skills necessary to become certified personal trainers according to the CSEPT-PT requirements and also learn course material related to the Canfitpro Nutrition and Wellness certification.

Applicants to the Fitness and Health Promotion program must have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or have mature status (19 years or older). In addition, they are required to possess the English Grade 12 C or U (minimum grade required) or equivalent, or skills assessment; as well as one Science Grade 11 or 12, C or U  (minimum grade requirement) or skills assessment (Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Exercise Science).

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Jason wrote this article about the Fitness and Health Promotion program Canada at Centennial College, which includes courses such as Health and Wellness Concepts and Fitness Assessment.

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