Overview

The Fitness and Health Promotion program is for students interested in learning about the science and practice of implementing useful programs of physical fitness and health for all ages and stages of development. By designing and delivering meaningful, age-relevant physical activity programs, graduates will contribute to the health of the "well" population and help people improve their performance in their careers and personal lives. Graduates will be prepared for front line direct-client work with individuals of varying ages and in various settings. This program provides a broad study of the principles and methods of fitness and health provision to children and youth cohorts where few others have done so. Experiential learning through field placement is at the core of this program. This program takes a holistic approach to intervention with each of targeted cohorts addressing such issues as client context and family support.

You will receive training and practical experience in the development of coaching and fitness promotion skills related to the design and delivery of age-relevant programs of physical activity and wellness. You will learn how to coach, train and motivate clients of all ages and stages of development and how to interact effectively with clients, parents, caregivers and allied health professionals. You will become a certified coach and be recognized as a trained professional, able to deliver programs to develop physical literacy to children and youth in a variety of settings as well as for adults and seniors who wish to remain active for life.

Upon graduation from this program, students would be qualified to seek employment as instructors within organizations and providers that wish to maintain or grow existing successful fitness and lifestyle management programs or initiate new meaningful programs for children and youth. They would also be qualified to work in adult fitness environments as well as senior centres, delivering appropriate programs for fitness and health promotion to the adult population.

Career Opportunities

Prepare for a career in fitness, wellness and health. As a graduate of this program, you will become a leader in fitness and health delivery in your community. You will be certified in coaching children and youth, enabling you to work with sport organizations interested in developing athlete's physical abilities. You will also apply contemporary fitness techniques and work with adults and seniors who wish to meet their own personal health and fitness goals. In addition, with your highly marketable skills, you will consult with coaches, teachers, health care workers and others interested in building healthy communities.


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Curriculum

COM101
Communicating Across Contexts
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Prerequisite(s):

Placement via English Assessment, or successful completion of ESL934, EAP 500, or EAC149.

COM101 replaces EAC150.
Students who have successfully completed EAC150 are not required to complete COM101.

This course introduces students to the core concepts of communication. Students will cultivate an awareness of these concepts by analyzing how they are used in a variety of texts and contexts, and they will apply these concepts strategically in their own writing. Through a variety of writing tasks centred on these core concepts of communication, students will develop the transferrable reading and writing skills essential for success in their post-secondary studies, workplaces, and communities.




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FHP101
Anatomy and Physiology I
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This course explores the normal structure and function of the human body with an introduction to biochemistry, cell tissues, and body systems. Other units include an emphasis on neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, the musculoskeletal system, the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system, and thermoregulation.




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FHP114
Physical Literacy I Practicum
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This course provides students with the information and practical needs necessary to understand the basis of physical literacy. Physical literacy is based on the concept that individuals who are physically literate, will move with more competence and confidence in a wide variety of physical activities in various settings. The course will cover areas of the long-term athlete development model, and the stages within it to fully understand the principle of physical literacy. Students will also be introduced to various research as it pertains to physical literacy and child development.




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FHP205
Special Populations
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This course will provide an overview of the physiological response of exercise in various specific disorders that may occur throughout the lifespan. An understanding of the use of exercise and physical activity in the evaluation and treatment of a variety of specific disorders will be analyzed.




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FHP301
Human Growth and Development
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This course covers the development of children and youth as they mature to adults and includes development of the older adult. Cognitive, emotional, psycho-social and physical development characteristics of the human are identified and the implications of this maturation are explored with respect to the introduction and motivation of people to participate in physical activity throughout the lifecycle. Classes will combine lecture, discussion, group and individual learning activities in class and out-of-class.




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FHP303
Health Promotion
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This course covers the historical development, theoretical basis and current practice of health promotion. The course will focus on theory and practice at the individual, group, community, organization and policy levels.




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FHP102
Fitness Assessment I
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This course introduces students to the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology: Physical Activity Training for Health (CSEP-PATH) protocol. Students will utilize and practice CSEP-PATH comprehensive and evidence-based assessment in a laboratory setting. This course will explore various components of fitness assessments and methodologies- such as anthropometrics, submaximal cardiorespiratory capacity, muscular strength/ endurance, flexibility, balance, and power. In addition, pre-and post-exercise measurements of blood pressure and heart rate will be investigated and practiced. Special topics in health-related research will be included.




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FHP201
Exercise Physiology and Life Diseases
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In this course, students examine the various responses and adaptations that occur to the systems of the body as it is exposed to exercise stress of varying intensity, duration and frequency. Special emphasis will be placed on the child and youth as well as the aging population as well as the exploration of Sedentary physiology.




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FHP202
Exercise Prescription
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In this course, students acquire practical skills and examine theoretical approaches in exercise prescription to help students effectively and safely design and execute exercise programs. Students practice exercise technique and personal training skills in weekly laboratory sessions. The course includes analysis and application in the following areas: The principles of training, exercise monitoring, correct exercise and spotting technique and program design for cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility.




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FHP217
Placement Preparation
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In this course, students examine the job market and investigate opportunities that exist in different parts of the health and fitness industry. This course prepares the learner to make a smooth transition from the academic setting to a work environment. The course will prepare students for their placements by identifying possible placements for the FHP 407 course. Resume writing and the use of social media profiles, among other professional development activities, will be introduced to encourage key skills for a successful work-integrated learning experience.




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FHP302
Professional Practices
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This course introduces students to the concepts and practices involved in the management of a fitness and wellness facility or sport organization. Topic areas include, but are not limited to, financial management, human resources management, facility logistics, and risk management. Concepts and practices that contribute to facility success and increased facility efficiency, as a whole and in regards to its smaller units, are discussed with students.




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FHP103
Group Exercise Leadership
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In this Introductory practical course, students learn the skills required to plan and instruct a group exercise class. Topics covered include basic anatomy, class formats, use of music, choreography, cueing, monitoring techniques and successful instruction techniques. Students gain experience in the instruction of group strength training, flexibility training, and traditional group exercise. Students improve these skills through practice teaching sessions, and peer and instructor feedback and evaluations.
Note: FHP103 has replaced FDV 101. FDV 101 will be accepted towards the Certificate.




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FHP104
Nutrition
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This course serves as an introduction to human nutrition. A review of basic dietary recommendations and needs will be followed by applied topics in nutrition. Topics will also include the impact of age, illness, physical activity and social attitudes on food and eating behaviours. Issues including food supply, safety and counseling will also be discussed.




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FHP211
Biomechanical Analysis of Fundamental Movement
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This course offers a comprehensive and integrated discussion on human movement science. Through the investigation of quantitative and qualitative biomechanics, students will develop the skills needed to observe, analyze, and critically evaluate patterns that commonly exist in sport, workplace, fitness/recreations and clinical settings. Special topics such as NCCP fundamental movement skills, motor learning injury prevention, sport performance and clinical assessments will be included to enhance students' placement experience and career endeavors.




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FHP307
Fitness Assessment II
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This course expands on FHP102, as well as previous courses (FHP 101, 201, 211) as it relates to formative and summative methodologies of fitness assessments. The course examines fitness assessments applicable for general, high performance athletes, occupational and rehabilitative populations. Through lectures and practicums, students will demonstrate techniques, protocols, identified norms for safe and effective assessments in both individual and group testing environments. Topics include: health screening, medications, anthropometric measurements, aerobic / anaerobic field tests, muscular strength, power, endurance, flexibility, needs analysis, movement screens, data collection and interpretation based on current research evidence. Upon successful completion, students will be able to utilize various methodologies of fitness assessments while demonstrating technical competence in various settings.




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FHP311
Motor Learning
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This course introduces the concepts of how we learn motor skills and to control our movement. The student will study how this relates to coaching and teaching motor skills.




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FHP314
Physical Literacy Practicum II
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This course continues the development of physical literacy delivery skills by presenting physical literacy within a sport framework. Reflecting the Sport for Life model of Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) adopted by all nationally funded Sport Governing Bodies in Canada, students learn about activities that use sport to develop physical literacy in a progressive manner across a variety of environments: outdoor/field, pool/water, indoor gymnasium and ice/snow. During the course, students will acquire an understanding of the importance of using sport as a vehicle for development of physical literacy. Students will consider training and coaching activities that can encourage and enhance physical literacy in young athletes within each of the four environments.




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FHP401
Exercise Prescription II
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This course expands on FHP202, as well as previous courses (FHP 101 and 307) as it relates to various methodologies of exercise prescription. The course examines program design principles and application for general, high performance athletes, occupational, rehabilitative, and special populations. Students will demonstrate techniques, protocols, identified norms for safe and effective exercise prescription. Upon successful completion, students will be able to utilize numerous methodologies of program design, as well as progressions- while demonstrating technical competence and critical thinking in various settings/ populations.




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FHP402
Counselling and Communications
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In this course students examine counseling skills and the importance of communication and the communication process. Students also identify various factors which influence exercise adherence. Throughout the course students will be able to assist and empower an individual or a group for a healthy behavior change.




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FHP407
Placement Internship
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The Fitness and Health Promotion placement internship course is composed of a work-integrated learning experience (placement/internship), where a minimum of 80 hours of practical experience is expected to be completed in a professional setting in the fitness/wellness industry, combined with a weekly classroom component. Information about the students' placement experiences are shared, discussed, and analyzed in the classroom, and verbal discussions and reflection journals are used during the in-class sessions. The course encourages students to integrate academic learning with the realities of the fitness and health promotion workplace. The internship/placement encourages application of the skills and knowledge from across the program while applying professional standards in the corporate, municipal or commercial fitness health and promotion career settings.




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3 General Education Options 3 General Education Options

In order to meet Seneca's breadth requirements for diploma or advanced diploma programs, students must successfully complete at least 3 general education courses toward their program, satisfying the following criteria:

Program Outcomes

This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Conduct assessments of fitness, well-being and lifestyle, and provide feedback to both client and care-giver (in the case of a minor).
  • Prescribe appropriate physical activity, fitness, active living, and lifestyle programs to enhance health, fitness and well-being of clients across various age ranges.
  • Utilize appropriate interviewing and counselling skills to promote or enhance health, fitness, active living, and well-being of clients including children and their parents or care-givers.
  • Collaborate with individuals across various age ranges in the selection and adoption of strategies that will enable them to take control of and improve their health, fitness and well-being.
  • Develop, implement and evaluate programs and events appropriate for all ages and stages of development which respond to identified needs and interests of clients and maximize the benefits of health, fitness, and well-being.
  • Apply principles of physical conditioning to train individuals and instruct groups of all ages in physical activity, including sport participation.
  • Contribute to community health promotion strategies through consultation and participation with Municipal Recreation Departments, Private Health and Fitness Facilities, Schools and Sport Clubs and Organizations.
  • Assist in the development of business plans for health and fitness programs, activities, and facilities.
  • Implement strategies and plans for ongoing personal and professional growth and development.
  • Develop and implement risk management strategies for health and fitness programs, activities, and facilities.
  • Interact effectively with clients, staff and volunteers in health and fitness programs, activities, and facilities.
  • Implement physical literacy strategies for child and youth participants according to the Canadian Sport for Life concept.

OSAP Funding Available

This program is eligible for OSAP funding.

Course load is used by OSAP to determine funding options for programs.

If you are taking 1 - 2 courses at the same time, you may be considered for part-time student grants and loans.

  • 1 course (20%)
  • 2 courses (40%)

If you are taking 3 or more courses at the same time, you may be considered for full-time student grants and loans.

  • 3 courses (60%)
  • 4 courses (80%)
  • 5 courses (100%)

To find out if you qualify and to learn how to apply, please visit the website.

For information on other awards and financial assistance, please see Financial Aid.

Diploma to Degree

Congratulations on finishing your diploma. Now you can turn it into a degree. We offer the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Degree through part-time studies here at Seneca. Please go to the Interdisciplinary Studies Degree link for more information about this program and how to apply your diploma through credit transfer.

Program Contacts

Francine Marcelli
Program Assistant
[email protected]
416-491-5050 ext.22512


Barbara Pimenoff
Program Coordinator
[email protected]
416-491-5050 ext.24019