Niagara College students to help community achieve fitness goals

Students from Niagara College’s Fitness and Health Promotion program are ready to help up to 200 people achieve their personal fitness goals this year.

The college program based at the Welland Campus is now accepting applications from NC staff students and community residents who are willing to commit to fitness assessments and weekly personal training sessions from January to April 2014.

Those who are accepted as clients will work with a second-year student from the college’s Fitness and Health Promotion program under the supervision of program faculty. Each client will receive an initial fitness assessment a free 50-minute training session each week for 12 weeks (to take place between Jan. 20 and April 14) a personalized full-week training plan (to be completed outside of the college) a fitness assessment at the end of the program as well as counselling along the way. There is no cost to the clients.

“It’s a win-win. Our clients gain the advantage of free training with a personal touch with individualized fitness plans and personal training sessions from our knowledgeable students who are being trained to meet national industry certifications” said Mike Hart professor NC’s Fitness and Health Promotion program. “Our students gain real-world experience to prepare them for a career in the industry which is a perfect example of applied education at Niagara College.”

Community residents from all fitness levels are encouraged to apply. Student trainers will be provided on a first-come first-served basis. Applicants must meet specific participation requirements to be accepted as clients. Click this link for more details and application instructions.

All training sessions will take place at Niagara College’s Welland Campus.

Niagara College’s Fitness and Health Promotion program is a two-year diploma program that trains students to meet the increased consumer demand for qualified fitness professionals. Graduates have the opportunity to become certified personal trainers authorized by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology – the gold standard in exercise science and personal training.

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences advanced technology media applied health and community safety supported by unique learning enterprises in food wine beer horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit


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Michael Wales
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Niagara College
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Julie Greco
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Niagara College
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