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Food Coaching 100 Hours Certificate Course
Learn About Food Coaching
Food Coaching Course Online: Learn how to advise others on good nutrition and healthy eating.
Food Coaches build up a picture of their clients' needs and help them to develop a well balanced diet to achieve weight loss or weight gain goals. Acting as your clients' personal health coach, you can encourage them in their weight management challenges, by for example:suggesting clean foods for a more healthy lifestyle. Good diet is a crucial element to healthy living and so clean food, free of additives and consumed as nature intended is an excellent lifestyle approach to good nutrition.
- What are the professional standards expected in food coaching?
- How do you advise on appropriate diets for: Chronic Conditions such as Cancer, Diabetes and HIV-Aids? Obesity? Anorexia Nervosa? Children? Adults and Seniors?
- How do you manage and adapt to your clients needs?
- How do you manage your own Food Coaching business?
This course delves deeply into these and other aspects of food coaching and is ideal for those working as, or wishing to work as:
- Weight Loss and Weight Gain Consultants
- Nutritional Advisers and Counsellors
- Psychologists dealing with food based mental health issues
- Doctors, Nurses, Social Workers etc. dealing with patients requiring special dietary requirements, or with chronic illeness
- Life Coaches
- Gym and Sports Coaches
- Parents and Partners of those who need to be coached in adapting to a better diet
Lesson Structure: Food Coaching VRE110
1 Scope and Nature of Food Coaching
- What is Food Coaching?
- Why is Food Coaching Necessary?
- Meeting With Clients: The Initial Interview
- Building Rapport
- The Consulting Room
- Information Gathering
- Goal Setting
- Assessing Current Diet & Lifestyle
- Healthy Diet
- Food Pyramids
- Food Plates
- Benefits of a Healthy Diet
- Frequency of Eating
- Serving Sizes
- Use of Supplements
2 Professional Standards for Food Coaching
- A Code of Ethics
- Ethics in Food Coaching
- Informed Consent
- Making Ethical Decisions
- A Guideline for Making Ethical Decisions
- What You Can and Cannot Do
- Keeping Records
- Ethics When Working as a Food Coach in a Larger Business
- Health and Safety
- Occupational Health and Safety Responsibilities
3 Diets for Chronic Conditions
- Benefits of Special Diets
- Dietary Considerations for Some Chronic Conditions
- Celiac/Coeliac Disease
- Understanding Different Types Of Special Diet
- Dairy Free Diet
- Vegetarian Diets
- Raw Vegan Diet
- Macrobiotic Diet
- What do we mean by being overweight?
- Measuring Body Fat
- Body Fat Percentage
- Measurement Techniques
- Skin-fold Method
- Waist to Height Ratio
- Health Risks Of Overeating
- Secondary Complications
- Psychological Complications
- Treatment For Obesity
- Psychological Theories Of Overeating
- Psychological Reasons Why People Overeat
- Binge Eating
- Weight Loss Plans
5 Poor Nutrition Diets
- NotEating Enough
- Typical Case Study
- Poor Quality Diet
- Eating Disorders Associated With Weight Loss
- Causes Of Eating Disorders
- Anorexia Nervosa
- Bulimia Nervosa
6 Food Coaching Adults and Seniors
- General Dietary Requirements for Adults
- Case Study
- Pregnant women
- Age-related Illnesses and Nutrition
- General Nutrition Plans for Adults
7 Food Coaching for Children
- Law & Ethics and Children's Food Coaching
- Protection for Coaches
- Involvement of the Parents or Caregivers
- Strategies for encouraging healthy eating in children
- Family and Friends
- General Nutritional Requirements of Children
- Food Groups – What Children Need?
- Developing a nutrition plan for children
- Nutritional Disorders In Children
- Obesity in children
- Underweight Children
8 Lifestyle Changes
- Ways To Encourage Lifestyle Change
- Motivational Interviewing
- Strategies to Elicit Change
- Stages of MI Interview Session
- Lifestyle Diary
9 Moving On
- Assessing Client Progress
- Regular meetings/reviews (how often)
- Changing plans as the person changes
- Evaluation of the plan
- Ongoing Support
10 Managing Your Food Coaching Service
- Meeting Clients
- Where to Meet Clients
- Own safety
- Importance Of Marketing
- Slideshow for Conferences, Meetings
- Video Demonstrations
- Glossy Brochures
- Cold Calling Businesses
- Social Media
- Setting Fees
Learning Goals: Food Coaching VRE110
- To explain the scope and nature of food coaching and what is meant by a healthy diet.
- To explain why food coaches should abide by a professional code, and what the legal and ethical standards are.
- To understand different types of special diet for chronic conditions and their benefits to clients, as well as a range of other special diets and their impact on health.
- To discuss what is meant by overeating, its health implications, and how to develop plans to control or reduce weight.
- To describe what diets are considered unhealthy for a range of different body types.
- To understand general nutrition requirements of adults and seniors, and to discuss possible coaching strategies for working with adults, seniors and carers
- To understand general nutrition requirements of children, and to discuss possible coaching strategies for working with children and their parents or other caregivers
- To explain the importance of changes in lifestyle to improve the benefit of food coaching.
- To explain how the client will move on after food coaching has ended
- Explain how to organise, market and manage a food coaching service
Practical (Set Tasks)
Many of us overeat from time to time, e.g. at a dinner party or social function, and it is not necessarily a problem. However, overeating can be a problem for some people particularly when it is used to derive comfort form food to overcome depression or feelings of sadness. Overeating can also be symptom of an eating disorder such as bulimia, where it is followed by episodes of purging to rid the body of the food.
Overeating can be defined as consuming more energy than we need. If we overeat over a long period, then we have excess calories which are not burnt and it results in weight gain.
What do we mean by being overweight?
What is considered overweight can vary across cultures. Therefore, it is difficult to have universal agreement on what is overweight. Mostly we think of being overweight as having excess body fat. However, we all need some fat for our bodies to function normally. Fat is used as an energy store and to insulate us against cold. It also plays a role in the functioning of different bodily systems such as the endocrine system (hormones), reproductive system, and immune system.
A general definition of being overweight could be having more body fat than is considered healthy. Although being overweight is not the same as being obese, it does expose people to similar health risks albeit to a lesser degree.
Measuring Body Fat
One of the most widely used ways of measuring body fat is through a person's body mass index, commonly referred to as BMI. The BMI is an attempt to measure body bass i.e. muscle, bone and fat.
BMI is determined using a formula based on an individual's weight and height.
Body Mass Index = Body Weight(kg) divided by Height (m2)
BMI is related to body composition. It is really a measure of how thick or thin a person is and is based on average people with average body composition. For these people a BMI of 18.5 to 25 would be considered normal. Below 18.5 is underweight and above 25 is overweight, with various categories of overweight and underweight specified as you can see in the following table.
Table: Standard BMI Categories & Values
Very severely underweight
Normal (healthy weight)
Obese Class I (Moderately obese)
Obese Class II (Severely obese)
Obese Class III (Very severely obese)
Using the formula above, let's say a man weighs 104 kg and is 183 cm tall. His BMI is calculated as 104 kg divided by 1.832 (= 3.349). He would have a BMI of 104/3.35 = 31 kg per m2. He would therefore be considered moderately obese.
The BMI, whilst widely used, does have its drawbacks. For instance, it is more accurate when applied to uncovering obesity levels in large populations rather than individuals. At the individual level, the BMI does not scale up well. Taller people are not simply scaled up versions of smaller people, so some taller people can end up with a BMI which is considerably higher than their actual body fat percentage. As such, if taken literally BMI scores can result in some shorter people thinking they are thinner than they are, and some taller people may thinking they are fatter than they actually are.
BMI also fails to recognise physical variables such as whether a person of a given height has a large, medium or small body frame. Therefore, the BMI of a person with a small frame could indicate that they are normal weight for their height whereas the reality is that they could be overweight. Similarly, a tall person with a large frame could have a BMI score which suggests they are overweight, but the reality is they are quite normal.
Furthermore, the BMI does not distinguish between muscle and fat mass. Therefore, athletes and others who have a muscular body build could end up with a high BMI and fall into a category which is clearly untrue.
Overall, BMI provides a better estimate of obesity than body weight and it can provide a good starting point for helping to determine whether someone has a weight problem. Generally, it is more helpful when combined with other measures, like waist to height ratio or waist to hip ratio, and some common sense is used in interpreting the findings.
Body Fat Percentage
Body fat percentage (BFP) gives a much better idea of how overweight (or underweight) an individual might be compared to BMI. The body fat percentage can be regarded as a measure of a person’s fitness. It is the only body measurement which calculates a person's relative body composition without using their height or weight.
The BFP is calculated as the total mass of fat divided by the total body mass. Body fat includes both essential body fat and stored body fat.
- Essential body fat - this is necessary to maintain life and reproductive functions.
- Storage body fat - this is fat which is deposited in adipose tissue. Some of it serves to protect internal organs.
The percentage of fat in the body needed for healthy functioning is more than simply the essential body fat since some storage fat is needed. However, there is some disagreement about how much fat is needed. Generally speaking, essential fat is thought to be the level below which there are likely to be adverse effects on physical and physiological wellbeing. But, it is difficult to give general guidelines. Because although a particular value might be good for a person’s health it can also affect their athletic performance.
Assessment is based on a combination of completing all assignments and sitting for a final short one and a half hour exam, in your own location.
If you don’t cope well with exams then you may elect to undertake a project instead. This is a popular option.
In addition, most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson placed before the assignment. This is an opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge and skills and practical experience. This ADL feature is an added bonus not found at most online schools. Set Tasks are not required for assessment.
Some courses also have optional Self-Tests which are available on our online learning platform. These are not available by correspondence or by USB, and do not form part of your overall grade.
How our courses work
- Choose Your Learning Method
You choose how you would like to receive your course material, i.e., Online, USB or Correspondence. The choice is yours. You may also work on online or offline.
- Tutor Allocation
Every student is assigned their own dedicated tutor who is an expert in their subject area. They provide as much or as little individual contact as you require. You can contact your tutor whenever you need – your hours are not limited.
- Feedback and Assignments
Tutor Feedback is an essential component in helping you understand the subject matter. Tutor feedback is given in the form of notes written on the assignment. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
Your assignments are located at the end of each lesson. You submit them for marking whenever you are ready. There is no time limit.
- Set Tasks and Self-Tests
Most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson before for the assignment. This is where you get the opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge, skills and practical experience. Many modules also have short Self-Tests.
Once all assignments have been completed you may then elect to sit for a one and half hour exam in your own location. If you prefer not to take the exam you do have the option to undertake a project instead.
Once the exam or project part of the course is completed, your Certificate is then processed. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for this.
- Design Your Own Qualification
ADL offers students the flexibility to self-design their own qualification – bundling together a combination of 100-hour modules into a qualification higher than a certificate.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Due to our years of experience and wide range of online courses, here are a list of our FAQs and Answers asked by Students.
Q. Do I need to buy text books?
A. No, you are not required to purchase expensive text books for any of our courses, since each module has been written by highly qualified tutors and writers, and our courses are updated on a regular basis, adding new information, methods and knowledge. You are supplied with all “essential” references. Extra books are always useful though, especially for special projects. Tutors will advise you what to buy if you decide you would like to have extra reading material, but it is not essential. Check out our eBookstore if you’re looking for a starting point.
Q. What sets the Academy apart from other institutions?
A. A unique feature of our courses is that we combine knowledge of the subject matter with practical tasks (set tasks, found at the end of each lesson). So you get to do practical components in each lesson. The benefits of this approach are immense: – your skills and knowledge are developed to a much higher level not normally found at other distance learning institutions.
Q. How do the practical exercises (set tasks) work?
A. The practical component of each lesson can be in the form of : Field Research, Networking and Analysis, Conducting Surveys, Growing, Collecting, Photographing and Processes.
Q. Can I pay by instalments?
A. Yes, you can view all available payment options here.
Q. Are there any hidden costs?
A. There are no hidden extras – the tuition fee covers all course material, unlimited tutor support, assignment marking/feedback and any text books where specified and exams. The only extras are for the public examinations fees for the ICB Bookkeeping course and the RHS (Royal Horticulture Society) exams.
Q. Are your courses up-to date?
A. Our courses are continually updated. The course content is rapidly updated and improved without the red tape and bureaucracy experienced at other educational institutions.
Q. Do you have a Cancellation policy?
A. We have a cancellation policy that is fair and equitable. For further details please click here.
Q. What Recognition do you have?
A. The Academy for Distance Learning has various forms of recognition:
These include TQUK (Training Qualifications UK) – an Ofqual Awarding Organisation – ADL is an approved TQUK Centre.
IARC – International Approval Registration Centre, approved member. Accredited Training Provider for ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers) and Approved Distance Learning Provider for the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) and many more. Our graduates come from many parts of the world and have used our qualifications for successful employment and progression onto higher education. To view our full list of recognition and memberships please click here,
Q. Will I have any opportunity to engage with other students?
A. We have a Student Community group based on facebook! If you don’t have a facebook account already, you could make one just for talking with fellow students on the group.
Q. Why should I enrol with the Academy for Distance Learning?
A. Here at the Academy our students are our priority – we treat every student as a unique individual. This philosophy allows us to nurture those who are “slow and steady” learners rather than letting them fall through the cracks, while catering for those who are in a hurry to complete.
Q. Can I study from anywhere in the world?
A. Our courses are available to anyone, anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home. The course content is relevant to any country, culture or economy.
Q. Completing the course- how long will it take?
A. Completion of modules varies from student to student. Many factors come into play such as work commitments and family life- there are always distractions. Some students work quicker than others. For a 100 hour module many students will take up to 3- 6 months, others take less time and some are even longer. It’s all up to you. There is no pressure to complete or deadline to finish. Naturally, longer courses will take more time.
Q. What learning formats are there?
A. Your enrollment comes with the Online Classroom study option by default. For a small additional cost you also have the options of USB or Correspondence.
USB: Your course is sent to you on a USB stick, so that you can carry it in your pocket. Ideal for those with unreliable internet connections. This option is an additional £5/module
Correspondence: You download the course content and then print your own copy to your requirements. You can then bind the lessons to suit your needs.
Q. Assessment – how does it work?
A. For each 100 hour module you are assessed by assignments (at the end of each lesson) and a final one and a half hour exam (or you may elect to complete a project instead of sitting the exam) – the choice is yours – you sit for the exam in your own location, or you can visit us in Canterbury, England to sit the exam if want to. Exam fees are included in the tuition fee you paid. You can read more about the examination process here. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment. You submit it to the academy who then submits it to the tutor for marking, comments and feedback. Our policy is to have a grade for you within 5 to 7 days.
Q. How many assignments do I need to complete for each module?
A. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment – so if a course has say, 10 lessons there would be 10 assignments. The number of lessons per module varies from module to module. See the course content from our website for further details.
Q. When do I have to hand in my first assignment?
A. There is no deadline for handing in the first assignment. Submit when you are ready. There are some students who hand in assignments within the first couple of weeks of enrolment – while there are others who submit their work 6 months later. It’s all at your own convenience to suit you. Everyone has different work and home commitments and we cater to these needs.
Q. I am having difficulty attending workshops/industry meetings, what can be done?
A. If your course requires attendance at workshops, conferences, or industry meetings; alternative arrangements can be made in your country; however, there may be an additional expense. We can appoint an appropriately qualified person anywhere to work through curriculum documentation supplied by us, to satisfy the requirements set down in a course.
Q. What qualification will I receive?
A. For individual modules, you would receive a Certificate (providing you complete all assignments and the exam). If you just want to complete the assignments only, then a Letter of Achievement would be awarded. For more details on qualifications awarded please click here.
Q. Is there a next level to progress to?
A. Yes – you can progress from one module to a combination of many modules and to higher qualifications i.e. Advanced Certificates, Diplomas and Higher Advanced Diplomas. Read more about course levels here.
Q. Can I customize my diploma/higher qualification?
A. Not all educational institution’s certificates /diplomas meet everyone’s needs. The opportunity to design your own diploma at the Academy (subject to our approval) is an added bonus, not found at other colleges. It’s a very popular option and widely used by many students. You quite simply choose the appropriate number of related modules needed to complete the qualification and submit them to us for approval as a custom diploma.
Q. What do I get when I complete the course? Will I receive a transcript?
A. At the completion of a 100-hour Certificate course and providing all assignments and exam have been completed, you will receive a Certificate and Transcript. The Transcript will list your GPA. Each 100-hour module is worth 3 credit hours.
Q. Do I have to sit for an exam?
A. Exams are optional but need to be undertaken in order to receive the Certificate or higher qualification. Exams are one and a half hours long. You appoint an adjudicator (subject to our approval) to supervise the exam. You sit for the exam in your own location. Its that simple.
Q. I don’t cope well with exams – what can I do?
A. If you feel you don’t cope well with exams you may elect to undertake a Project (set by the tutor) instead of sitting the exam. Many students prefer this option as they find researching the material for the project sharpens their research skills.
Q. If I don’t sit for the Exam do I still get a qualification?
A. If you don’t sit for the exam but complete the project alternative, you will still receive your endorsed qualification. If you don’t sit for an exam or complete a final project, providing you have completed all the assignments you will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement.
Q. Do I have to sit for the exam at the Academy?
A. No – whilst you are more than welcome to come to our location in Canterbury, U.K. and sit the exam in our classroom; the more popular option is to sit for the exam in your own location. You appoint an adjudicator to supervise the exam. Click here for more information on that process.
Q. Our tutors – who are they?
A. We only employ tutors who have are currently active in their industry with at least 5 years of real-world experience. Not only are they highly qualified but also experienced, knowledgeable, and professional- experts in their chosen fields from all parts of the world.
Q. Can I contact my tutor at any time?
A. Yes- you have unlimited access to tutors. We strongly encourage students to develop a dialogue with their Tutor. This is why we encourage students to submit their first assignment fairly quickly at the beginning of the course.
Every Academy student is assigned a tutor who supports you throughout your course and beyond. Your tutor is there to guide and facilitate your learning and provides as much or as little individual contact as you would like. When you submit your coursework the tutor will give you feedback that helps you develop your ideas and provides motivation. For those who do like to have interaction with other students, the ADL discussion forum connects you to students from all over the world.
Q. How do I contact my tutor?
A. You have direct contact with your tutor by email through the Online Classroom. Alternatively, you can write, fax, email, or phone the academy. Leave a message if your tutor isn’t available and they will phone, write or fax back; whatever suits you.
Q. If I don’t understand a question or a lesson may I contact the tutor?
A. You may contact a tutor as often as you like. There is no additional charge or restriction on this service. Contact can be made via the Student Zone, email, or by phone.
Q. Practical work – How is this done?
A. To find out more about this part of the course please visit the section on How Our Courses Work here.
What your tuition fees include
- All Course Material via Online, USB or Correspondence
- Assignments Marked
- Professional Tutor Feedback
- Set Tasks - Practical Exercises to help you develop skills
- Self-Tests – multiple choice questions at the end of lessons in most modules
- Unlimited Personal Tutor Support – via our student classroom
- Committed and Friendly Admin Support – vital to your success
- ADL Ebook where relevant
- All ADL Exam or Project fees (exception RHS exams)
- Qualification Certificate
- Official Transcript with assignment grades
- Student Manual
- Academic Writing course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Critical Thinking course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Job Seekers Careers Guide
- Study Tips on How To Study Better
- Career Counselling by ADL Staff
- CV Writing Help, Tips and Advice
There are no hidden extras
FAQ - RHS Theory Qualifications
If you require further details about any of the RHS industry recognised qualifications please, call one of our friendly RHS Course Advisors on +44 (0)1227 789 649 or email: email@example.com
Q: When can I Enrol/Start My RHS Course With ADL?
A: Anytime, Anywhere. There are no enrolment deadlines.
Q: I live Overseas. Can I Study From Overseas?
A: You can study any of the RHS theory qualifications overseas. All courses are offered in English. You will need to email RHS Qualifications direct to arrange sitting for your examination overseas.
Q: Is There a Time Limit for Completing an RHS Qualification?
A: At present there are no time limits. However, RHS is contemplating in the future, the introduction of course time-lines.
Q: Are There Any Entry Requirements (Pre-Requisites)?
A: The RHS Theory courses do not require prerequisites, previous experience or any knowledge of horticulture. You just need passion for all things horticulture.
Q: What Course Should I Start With First? I Am New To RHS Qualifications.
A: We highly recommend that you start with Level 2 – Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance.
Q: What Does ADL Course Material Include?
A: Includes Power Point Presentations, Videos and written course lessons.
Q: When Do Exams Take Place?
A: Exams are held on fixed dates in February and June of each year. You should register as a candidate at least 3 months before these dates, so please do not leave exam registration to the last minute
Q: Where Do I Take My Exams?
A: UK: You take the exams at the RHS Wisley Centre, located between Cobham and Ripley in Surrey or at other authorised RHS centres around the UK.
Overseas: please email RHS qualifications direct for centre information.
Q: Exam Pass Marks?
A: Module – pass 50%. Commendation 70%.
Qualification: 50% pass for all modules.
Commendation awarded for all modules.
Each question carries a value of 10 marks.
Q: I’m Not Happy With My Exam Results?
A: You have the opportunity to re-sit your exam at the next opportunity.
There are no restrictions on the number of re-sits you can take. The highest mark you achieve will remain.,