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This academically regulated and industry recognised practitioner diploma course consists of 16 units in total. The course covers an array of nutrition theory, alongside vital practical skills to ensure you have the skills to become a successful practitioner.
Unit 1 – Reflective Practice for Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaches
This unit considers the role of reflective and reflexive practice in the professional development of nutrition and lifestyle coaches. It also explores the importance of feedback.
Unit 2 – Health and Dietary Trends in Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching
This unit explores the definition of health and wellbeing, focusing specifically on how contemporary diets and lifestyles impact overall health. It also considers the principles and practice of nutrition and lifestyle coaching and how this fits into the healthcare model.
Unit 3 – The Human Body, Nutrition and Health
This unit provides an introduction to the major organs and systems of the body and how they work, both independently and together, with a particular focus on maintaining homeostasis. It also begins to explore how nutrition can negatively impact health.
Unit 4 – Professional Communication Skills
This unit introduces the learner to professional communication skills in nutrition and lifestyle coaching. It explores the need for research based decision making and how to use referencing appropriately.
Unit 5 – Macronutrients in Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching
This unit explores the dietary significance of macronutrients. It considers the role of macronutrients in meal planning and introduces techniques for analysing diet.
Unit 6 – Weight Management in Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching
This unit will support the learner in considering weight management as part of nutrition and lifestyle coaching. It will consider how energy is produced and consumed in the human body. It will also explore the area of weight management in the context of energy consumption and body composition recommendations alongside individual physiology and lifestyle.
Unit 7 – Micronutrients and Phytonutrients in Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching
This unit covers an initial exploration of micronutrients and phytonutrients. It also explores factors which could affect their absorption in the body and their contribution to a healthy diet.
Unit 8 – Toxins and Health
This unit introduces the learner to the sources and potential consequences of exposure to both food based and environmental toxins. It also introduces evidence based theories on how to manage toxicity in the human body.
Unit 9 – The Role of Food Groups in Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching
This unit explores the classifications of different foods and the role of different food groups in a healthy diet. It encourages the learner to consider foods as a whole instead of their component parts; they will then apply this knowledge to nutritional planning.
Unit 10 – Optimising Nutrition in Practice
This unit explores how to maximise the nutrient content and health benefits of an eating plan by using specific foods, food preparation techniques and food related products.
Unit 11 – Food Production and Health
This unit explores how food is grown, produced, manufactured and labelled, as well as which bodies are responsible for overseeing the safety and traceability of food from farm to fork at European and national level.
Unit 12 – Supporting the Body through Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching
This unit explores the basics of how food, supplements and lifestyle can support the functioning of different systems of the human body and the body as a whole. It also introduces the learner to the role of specific nutrients and their requirement by every cell of the body to maintain homeostasis.
Unit 13 – Nutrition for Population Groups
This unit focuses on the unique nutritional needs of population groups whilst exploring how different dietary models may be used to enhance nutrition and health. It also considers how nutritional needs can be met irrespective of budget.
Unit 14 – Coaching Skills for Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching
This unit focuses on the coaching and communication skills the learner will need to develop in order to become a nutrition and lifestyle coach. It considers how effective coaching can support individuals in effecting long term dietary and lifestyle change.
Unit 15 – Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching in Practice
This unit allows the learner to explore how nutrition and lifestyle coaching can be used in different professional contexts.
Unit 16 – Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching for Individual Clients (Optional)
This unit covers the processes the learner will need to undertake in order to provide nutrition and lifestyle coaching sessions to individual clients wishing to improve health and wellbeing.
These units make the CI Level 4 Diploma in Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching programme the most comprehensive and practical nutrition coaching qualification available.