Food Coach Course Online

From: $50.00 Inc GST / week for 16 weeks



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Food Coach Course online – help your clients achieve their goals to healthier living. Become a Food Coach!

  • Study this food coach course online to learn how to help others with nutrition.
  • Understand how to help clients define their goals.
  • Learn how to develop ways for clients to achieve their goals.
  • Understand the impact of nutrition and lifestyle on a person’s health.
  • Learn to make a difference – help people develop strategies and motivation to change their eating habits.
  • Course Duration: 1 year (estimated to be completed within 100 hours); Self paced
  • Start Date: We accept enrolments ALL YEAR! Start at your own convenient time.

Develop the combined skills of coaching with nutritional knowledge.

Food coaching is an emerging profession. It combines coaching skills with knowledge of nutrition to help clients choose better ways of eating and diets which are healthier for them. While dietitians may be experts at telling people what to eat, food coaches are experts at motivating people and helping them to develop better strategies to improve their eating habits.  This food coach course will will help you help others.

What you will do in this online nutrition course:

  • Explain the scope and nature of food coaching and what is meant by a healthy diet.
  • Explain why food coaches should abide by a professional code, and what the legal and ethical standards are.
  • 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.
  • Discuss what is meant by overeating, its health implications, and how to develop plans to control or reduce weight.
  • Describe what diets are considered unhealthy for a range of different body types.
  • Understand general nutrition requirements of adults and seniors, and to discuss possible coaching strategies for working with adults, seniors and carers
  • Understand general nutrition requirements of children, and to discuss possible coaching strategies for working with children and their parents or other caregivers
  • Explain the importance of changes in lifestyle to improve the benefit of food coaching.
  • Explain how the client will move on after food coaching has ended.
  • Explain how to organize, market and manage a food coaching service.

There are 10 lessons in this course:

1. Introduction and the Healthy Diet

    • Introduction.
    • What is Food Coaching?
    • Why is Food Coaching necessary?
    • Meeting with Clients: The Initial Interview.
    • Building Rapport.
    • The Consulting Room.
    • Information Gathering.
    • Goal Setting.
    • Taking Baseline Measurements.
    • Assessing Current Diet And 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.
    • Confidentiality.
    • Informed Consent.
    • Making Ethical Decisions.
    • A Guideline to Making Ethical Decisions.
    • Legal Concerns.
    • 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. Specialist Diets – Chronic Conditions

    • Benefits of Special Diets.
    • Dietary Considerations for Some Chronic Conditions.
    • Understanding Different Types of Special Diet.
    • Dairy Free Diet.
    • Vegetarian Diets.

4. Specialist Diets – Overeating

    • What do we mean by being overweight?
    • Measuring Body Fat.
    • Body Fat Percentage.
    • Measurement Techniques.
    • Health Risks of Overeating.
    • Treatment for Obesity.
    • Psychological Theories of Overeating.
    • Physiological Reasons Why People Overeat.
    • Weight Loss Plans.

5. Specialist Diets – Poor Nutritional Diets

    • Introduction.
    • Not Eating Enough.

6. Food Coaching Adults and Seniors

    • General Dietary Requirements for Adults.
    • Case Study.
    • Pregnant Women.
    • Seniors.
    • Age-Related Illnesses and Nutrition.
    • General Nutritional Plans for Adults.

7. Food Coaching for Children

    • Law & Ethics and Children’s Food Coaching.
    • Involvement of the Parents or Caregivers.
    • 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

    • Before Moving On.
    • Assessing Client Progress.
    • Regular Meetings/Reviews (How Often).
    • Changing Plans as the Person Changes.
    • Evaluation of the Plan.
    • When Ready to Move On.
    • Ongoing Support.

10. Managing Your Food Coaching Service

    • Managing Your Food Coaching Business.
    • Meeting Clients.
    • Where to Meet Clients.
    • Own Safety.
    • Importance of Marketing.
    • Setting Fees.

Your Tutor

Jodie Walpole Bachelor of Applied Science (Food & Nutrition), Advanced Practitioner in Life Coaching
Jodie Walpole

Jodie is a qualified Nutritionist and Advanced Practitioner in Life Coaching.

Jodie brings to Careerline over 15 years corporate nutrition and health experience as a result of working for several large multinational food and beverage companies. Jodie is passionate about all aspects of nutrition, health and wellness with particular interest in weight management and childhood obesity.

More recently Jodie completed her Advanced Practitioner of Life Coaching course and is a certified Life Coach with hours of practical experience. As a Life Coach Jodie enjoys working with clients to close the gap between where they are currently in their lives and where they want to be.

Jodie is also an experienced tutor enjoying the challenge of working with students to reach their full potential.