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Health and Wellbeing

Course CodeBRE101
Fee CodeS1
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment


This course aims to develop an understanding of health and wellbeing that can be applied to design a personal fitness program. 

Lesson Structure

There are 8 lessons in this course:

  1. Industry Overview
    • Scope of the health and fitness industries
    • Defining fitness
    • Resources and networking
    • Aerobic fitness
  2. Modern Lifestyle Problems
    • Health risks and physical activity
    • Hazardous substances
    • Cancer
    • Food allergies
    • Health care strategy for an aging population
    • Wellbeing of special demographic groups: pregnant women, children, obese people, people with disabilities etc
  3. Human Nutrition
    • Overview
    • Nutrition basics
    • Carbohydrates, proteins, fats
    • Dietary fibre, vitamins, mineralsBalanced diet
    • The food pyramid
    • Principles of weight loss
    • Dietary protein intake and physical activity
    • Food combining
  4. Healthy Eating
    • Nutrition and diet problems
    • Anorexia
    • Obesity
    • Nutritive value with cooking and processing
    • Meat
    • Fish
    • Milk
    • Plant foods
    • Processing food
    • Canning and pasteurisation
    • Freezing, drying, etc
  5. Stress Management
    • Body changes caused by stress
    • Muscle response
    • Gastrointestinal response
    • Cardiovascular response
    • Stress management program
    • Easy living
    • Stress cures
    • Drugs and alcohol
    • Relaxation
  6. Preventative Health
    • Responsibility for your own health
    • Self esteem
    • Managing your own career
    • Decision making
    • Emotional security
    • Problem solving
    • Personal style inventory
    • Motivations and barriers for exercise
  7. Alternative Medicine
    • Overview
    • Herbal medicines
    • Aromatherapy
    • Complimentary therapies
    • Accupressure
    • Pain points; trigger points
    • Acapuncture
    • Homeopathy
    • Osteopathy
    • Chiropractic
    • Physiotherapy
    • Counselling and psychological therapies
    • Relaxation therapies
    • Other therapies
  8. Basic First Aid
    • Overview
    • Soft tissue injuriesWounds
    • Shock and fainting
    • Fractures
    • Strains, sprains and dislocations
    • Heat and cold
    • Recuscitation
    • Drowning
    • Eye injuries
    • Spinal injuries
    • Health promotion at work

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

Below is a list of some activities and tasks that you will complete in this course:
  • Create a resource file of health and fitness related businesses, contacts, services etc.
  • Interview people to learn how they rate their health and fitness and what they do to improve/maintain them.
  • Identify ways to overcome a health/fitness problem in your own life. 
  • Identify different food allergies and ways to deal with them. 
  • Identify eating and nutritional disorders and describe possible treatments. 
  • Explain how age, level of activity, gender and other factors affect their dietary needs. 
  • Explain the principle of food combining. 
  • List the effects of alcohol abuse. 
  • Explain how high self esteem is achieved, and consider positive and negative effects. 
  • Identify services in your area that offer natural therapies and what they entail. 
  • Find out what first aid courses are available in your region, and what is entailed. 
  • List items that should be kept in a basic first aid kit.


Start with Diet

Achieving good health and well being will require you to attend to all aspects of your life.

Some people may already have somethings under control but not others.  If you are considering this course; you may be concerned about your need to exercise more, or perhaps reduce stress. Whatever your concerns though; it is likely that eating better could be a good place to start.
Diet actually affects everything. Eating poorly can lead to poor physical condition or illnesses, that may inhibit your ability to exercise or de-stress. As such, improving your eating habits is often a good place to start.
Research has shown that following a balanced diet can reduce a person's risk of developing many chronic diseases including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers. A healthy balanced diet helps to reduce risks of being overweight/obese, reduce cholesterol, reduce blood sugar levels in patients with pre-existing diabetes and helps to reduce blood pressure in patients with raised blood pressure/helps to prevent the development of raised blood pressure.

When we consider the effects of nutrition on health we could consider those that occur in the short term (0-3 months) those occurring in the medium term (3-6 months) and those that are long lasting (6 months plus) . In the short term a poor (unbalanced diet) can cause us to lack energy/ feeling lethargic or to gain or lose weight. For example snacking on foods and drinks high in simple sugars can cause blood sugar levels to fluctuate across the day. Higher blood sugars raises the level of insulin in the blood promoting the storage of fat which leads to weight gain, higher blood sugars can also cause irritability, aggression and restlessness. While consequent dips in blood sugar are associated with fatigue, irritability, depression, problems concentrating and headaches. Diets containing insufficient amounts of nutrients also cause fatigue and a lack of energy while an unbalanced diet can also lead to short term digestive disorders such as constipation.  Short term dietary effects can be avoided by limiting intakes of sugars and eating regular meals and including starchy carbohydrates at each meal such as bread, cereals , pasta and potatoes. Constipation may be avoided through ensuring adequate intakes of food high in fibre and avoiding dehydration.

Medium effects of a poor diet include effects on the immune system, more severe weight loss/weight gain and malnutrition. A poor diet can weaken the immune system by failing to supply the nutrients required for the immune system to function properly such as vitamin C, zinc, vitamin B6 and antioxidants. Signs of malnutrition include muscle wasting, tooth decay, hair loss and brittle nails. A nutritionist will typically look for these signs and symptoms to diagnose a nutritional deficiency. On the basis of this assessment nutritional supplements or specific foods may be advised e.g. Vitamin A supplementation or the inclusion of green leafy vegetables, tomatoes and fish liver oils to maintain the skin, bones, teeth and hair and Vitamin C supplements or food sources such as fruit and vegetables to promote healthy teeth and gums.

Long term effects of a poor diet include obesity, heart failure, anorexia, osteoporosis and diverticular disease. Weight gain and diets high in saturated fats such as butter and processed foods can cause atherosclerosis (blocked arteries) increasing the likelihood of cardiovascular disease. While longer term effects of obesity can also cause of the development of diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes. Long term constipation also increases the risk of digestive disorders such as diverticular disease.


Why Study this Course?

In this course the concepts of health and wellbeing are addressed in the context of applying them to health and fitness programmes. Study this course to understand what constitutes health and wellbeing and use this knowledge to motivate clients and develop appropriate programmes depending on the client's needs. Alternatively, this is a great course to study for your own personal interests and personal development if you are seeking to improve your own health and wellbeing and want to understand how to achieve this.

Meet some of our academics

Lyn QuirkM.Prof.Ed.; Adv.Dip.Compl.Med (Naturopathy); Adv.Dip.Sports Therapy Over 30 years as Health Club Manager, Fitness Professional, Teacher, Coach and Business manager in health, fitness and leisure industries. As business owner and former department head for TAFE, she brings a wealth of skills and experience to her role as a tutor for ACS.

Check out our eBooks

Working With PeopleA job and careers guide for people who like working with people -covering everything from counselling and personnel management to marketing, health and education
Aqua FitnessLearn to do low impact exercise in water. It is great for rehabilitation after injury, weight loss, and general fitness. This e-book is full of well illustrated exercises to try and has been written for both exercise professionals and amateurs. It is the revised edition of a book by John Mason, originally published by Kangaroo Press (Simon & Schuster). Lots of illustrations. 121 pages
Aerobic FitnessAerobic fitness contributes more to your quality of life than perhaps any other aspect of fitness! This updated version of Aerobic Fitness is full of information about the body and its functions. It also contains detailed illustrations of which exercises to use for individual muscle groups. 93 pages. 64 illustrations.
Human NutritionBoth a text for students, or an informative read for anyone who wants to eat better. While covering the basics, the book approaches nutrition a little differently here to some other books, with sections covering ”Modifying diet according to Genetic Disposition or Lifestyle”, “How to find Reliable Information on Nutrition” and “Understanding how Diet relates to Different Parts of the Body” (including Urinary, Digestive, Respiratory and Circulatory System, the Brain, etc). This ebook was written to complement the ACS Nutrition I course, and provides a solid foundation for anyone wanting to grasp a fundamental understanding of Human Nutrition. 41 pages