Language for Nutrition and Health (18+)

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"Life is not merely to be alive, but to be well" -- Marcus Valerius Martial

Follow your passion and take a healthy challenge by studying English with a focus on nutrition and health, in Victoria BC -- the city Full of Life.

Successful graduates of the full program have the vocabulary and communication skills needed to pursue further education in Nutrition and Health, and you will expand your knowledge of food, diet philosophies, health and exercise.

Classes are not limited to the classroom. You will study English, but also visit and learn from food producers and retailers, speak with health and wellness practitioners, and apply your English skills by taking on fun physical activities in beautiful Victoria.

Learn about nutrition and holistic health, and improve your fitness -- it's a win:win:win combination!


To join this program, you...

  • Are at least 18 years old
  • Have a lower-intermediate or higher level of English


The total course is 12 weeks in duration, made up of three 4-week modules. You can take the modules in any order.

Module 1
Module 2
Module 3
Sept 12, 2016 Oct 11, 2016 Nov 7, 2016
Jan 9, 2017 Feb 6, 2017 Mar 6, 2017
Apr 3, 2017 May 1, 2017 May 29, 2017
Sept 11, 2017 Oct 10, 2017 Nov 6, 2017

Example Week

AM/PM Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9am - 11:50am Power English Mornings (language classes)
12pm - 1pm Daily physical activity at the next door YMCA: options include yoga, Zumba, Pilates, Cyclefit, Nia, Bellyfit, weight room, circuit training or swimming.
1pm - 2pm Lunch
2pm - 4pm Learning & Discussion:
diet & health philosophy
Active Language:
projects, presentations and production
Learning & Discussion:
food, nutrition & digestion
Hands-on Learning:
field trips & outings
Learning & Discussion:
exercise & natural healing

Program Elements

Learning & Discussion We explore diet and health philosophies, nutrition and digestion, exercise and natural healing. The focus is on building vocabulary and fluency through discussions, readings and videos.

Topics include: The Zone / Raw food / Ayurveda diets * Food politics * Nutrients * Sugar, Fat, Wheat * Carcinogens, Free radicals, Obesegens and Anti-Oxidants * Food allergies * Health activism * Strength and balance * Meditation, mindfulness and positive thinking * Cardio options and benefits * Brain health * Measuring health

Active Learning Through projects, presentations, debates, and blogging, we improve practical use of English with a special focus on Health and Nutrition.
Hands-on Learning Once a week we venture out to see and learn about the principles of health and nutrition in our community.

Some of the places you'll visit: markets * farms and gardens * exercise and nutrition specialists * cafes and bakeries

Lunchtime Exercise Registration in the program includes a full membership to the YMCA fitness facility located right next door to Sterling College. You can choose from all available drop-in classes at the YM-YWCA facility and can also exercise during your free time - no extra charge.


HEALTHY EATING PLAN: If you like, we can place you with a host family who is also very interested in nutritious eating - dinners only, but very health-focused!

KEEP UP YOUR HOBBIES: Interested in Yoga, Pilates, Martial Arts? Let us know and we'll connect you with providers!

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