Nutrition and Wellness

SCED Code: 19253
Virginia Extended Description: 36
Suggested Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Duration: 36 Weeks
Prerequisite: None
OSHA Compliance Required?: No
Non-Traditional?: M

Students investigate the principles of nutrition and wellness, use science and technology in food management, ensure food safety, plan menus, prepare food, and explore careers. Students prepare for careers by using critical thinking and practical problem-solving skills as well as other workplace readiness skills. Contextual instruction and student participation in co-curricular career and technical student organization (CTSO) activities will develop leadership, interpersonal, and career skills. High-quality work-based learning (HQWBL) will provide experiential learning opportunities related to students’ career goals and/or interests, integrated with instruction, and performed in partnership with local businesses and organizations.

Note: Subject matter in this course can help prepare students for FCCLA/Life Smarts Knowledge Bowl competition or Knowledge Matters Virtual Business Challenge. Explore the national FCCLA website ( for additional contests offered yearly that would support content in this class, as well as Skill Demonstration Competitions conducted at National Fall Conference. FCCLA offers three on line events: Digital Stories for Change, Instructional Video Design, and FCCLA Chapter Website which could use content from this FCS course. Competitive Events, including STAR Events and National Programs are subject to changes/additions on a yearly basis.

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Course Sequences

A combination of this course and those below, equivalent to two 36-week courses, is a concentration sequence. Students wishing to complete a specialization may take additional courses based on their career pathways. A program completer is a student who has met the requirements for a CTE concentration sequence and all other requirements for high school graduation or an approved alternative education program.

Career Clusters

Pathway Occupation
Health Informatics
  • Health Educator
Support Services
  • Community Health Workers
Therapeutic Services
  • Dietitian, Nutritionist

Pathway Occupation
Restaurants & Food/Beverage Services
  • Chefs and Head Cooks
  • First-Line Supervisor of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
  • Cooks, Restaurant
  • Food Preparation Workers
  • Food Service Manager

Pathway Occupation
Counseling & Mental Health Services
  • Dietitian, Nutritionist
  • Nutritional Counselor
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselor
Family & Community Services
  • Adult Day Care Coordinator
  • Social and Community Service Manager
  • Social and Human Service Assistant
Personal Care Services
  • Personal Trainer
  • Fitness Trainer and Aerobics Instructor

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