March 21-24, 2019 • Hilton Chicago • Chicago, Illinois

Exercise is Medicine®

Exercise is Medicine® is an ACSM initiative focused on encouraging primary care physicians and other health care providers to include exercise when designing treatment plans for patients. Sessions focus on the integration of exercise into health and heath care. Topics include developing and implementing collaborations with health care providers and facilitating referrals to certified fitness professionals.

Workshop: Dance Your Way to Fun and Health 1X

David Marquez

Dr. Marquez’ received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago, and his PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently an Associate Professor in Kinesiology and Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Visiting Associate Professor with the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Dr. Marquez’ area of specialization is in Exercise Psychology/Behavioral Medicine. His research agenda focuses on disparities in physical activity and disease/disability among older Latinos. His research also includes examining the factors that influence the incidence and prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease among older Latinos.

Miguel Mendez

Miguel Mendez started his teaching career in 1992 when professional ballroom dancer Anyes Daskal asked him to be her dance partner and assistant. In 1995 Miguel and Anyes performed on Telemundo Chicago during the Puerto Rican Parade Queen elections. In 1995 Miguel went independent and in 2002 he founded the Dance Academy of Salsa in the heart of Chicago’s Puerto Rican community.

People are frequently looking into ways to get active, and stay active. Participating in Latin dancing can be a way to stay active, and it can have health benefits as well. This session will start with a description of the benefits of dancing, and why it could lead to greater health. A professional dance instructor will then lead the group through various styles of Latin dancing, whetting your appetite for more dance.

Closing the Gap on Seamless Referrals from Doctors in Your Community

Elizabeth Joy

Dr. Joy is the Medical Director for Community Health, Health Promotion and Wellness, and Food & Nutrition at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City. In addition, Dr. Joy practices Family Medicine and Sports Medicine at the Salt Lake Clinic LiVe Well Center. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Utah in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. She completed a Family Medicine Residency and Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She completed her Master’s Degree in Public Health at the University of Utah. Dr. Joy served as President for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) (2016-17), and previously held 2 terms of office on the Board of Trustees for the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. She is on the Editorial Board for The Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, and is Associate Editor for Current Sports Medicine Reports. She serves on the Exercise Is Medicine Steering Committee for the ACSM, and chairs the Healthcare Workgroup for the National Physical Activity Plan. She developed and directed the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program at the University of Utah from 1998 until 2010. She has authored many journal articles and textbook chapters on a wide variety of topics in sports and exercise medicine. Her research and advocacy interests lie in the areas of physical activity assessment and promotion, the Female Athlete Triad, sports injury prevention, and diabetes prevention



Walter Thompson

Walter R. Thompson is Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research and a tenured Regents’ Professor of Kinesiology and Health (College of Education & Human Development) and in the School of Public Health, and in the Department of Nutrition (Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions) at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He is an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certified Program Director®, ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist®, formerly licensed Clinical Exercise Physiologist (State of Louisiana) and formerly licensed Clinical Laboratory Director (State of Georgia). Prior to joining the faculty at Georgia State University in 1994, Thompson was a tenured Professor of Exercise Science and Director of the Laboratory for Applied Physiology at the University of Southern Mississippi and Program Director for the Center for Cardiac Rehabilitation and Health Enhancement at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago. He has also held adjunct academic appointments at Northeastern Illinois University and at George Williams College. Thompson has been the Chairman of the ACSM Committee on Certification and Education, Chairman of the ACSM International Relations Committee, Chairman of the ACSM American Fitness Index, Chairman of the ACSM Publications Committee, and the Founding Chairman of the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences for the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). In June, 2016, he became President-Elect of ACSM.

Thompson has served on the ACSM Board of Trustees and was twice elected to its Administrative Council. Thompson has served as the Chair of the Joint Committee on Health Fitness Facilities Standards for NSF International where he also serves as a member of the NSF Council of Public Health Consultants. He has given lectures on health-related topics in 26 different countries (some multiple times) on the continents of Europe, Africa, North America, South America (including Central America), and Asia. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a Fellow of the American Association for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Thompson also serves on the Sports Science Committee of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) where he is charged with the coordination of international research projects at all IPC sanctioned events. Thompson has published over 100 research-based, peer-reviewed articles on many different topics and has received over $25 million in funding for his various initiatives. He has authored or has edited 13 books. He served as Senior Editor for ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription (8th edition). His current interests include wellness coaching as a primary mechanism for behavior change and the integration of sport and physical activity for people with disabilities. Because of his personal interest in at-risk kids living in the inner city, he serves as the Executive Director of the After-School All-Stars Atlanta, a comprehensive after school initiative for middle school aged children now in nine sites with an average daily attendance of 3000 and 1000 in summer academies. In 2006 Thompson received the prestigious Georgia State University College of Education & Human Development Faculty Service Award. That same year his program was selected by the Georgia State University President to receive the “Most Outstanding University Program” award. In 2008, the After-School All-Stars was selected to receive the “Regional Excellence Award” by the Atlanta Civic League, chaired by Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and is the recipient of the 2008 Atlanta Partners for Education A+ Summa Cum Laude Award. In 2009, his program received the prestigious Hosea William Award for Community Activism. In 2012, Thompson received the Georgia State University Exceptional Service Award.



June Kahn

2009 World IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year, founder of June Kahn’s Bodyworks, LLC & Education Director of Balance Through Movement Pilates & Rehab Specialist for Masso Medical in Boulder, Colorado. Best known for bridging the gap between classical Pilates and the fitness industry, June is the program developer for Active Ageing programming for Body Bar & many other fitness organizations, a published author, featured speaker and appears in numerous fitness DVDs and national fitness publications and is an expert subject writer for the ACE exam. Certifications: ACE, ACSM, AFAA & Physical Mind Institute for Pilates & Peak Pilates MVe; Education Provider for ACE, AFAA & NASM.



Physical activity and exercise are integral in the promotion of wellness and the prevention and treatment of diseases and should be a routine part of every patient visit. But, ask doctors about exercise and they likely will say their patients don’t get enough; ask health clubs and fitness professionals and they complain that doctors don’t know how to effectively direct patients to them. This session will provide the essentials of how health clubs can become powerfully connected with the healthcare community thereby empowering them in not only providing a valuable service but also creating more clients and customers.



HIIT the Pool for Cardiometabolic Training

Elizabeth Nagle

Elizabeth F. Nagle, Ph.D., FACSM  is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health and Physical Activity (HPA) within the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh where she serves as the undergraduate program coordinator and graduate faculty with a secondary appointment within the School of Health and Rehabilitative Sciences.  Dr. Nagle completed her Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh.  She is a certified ACSM Exercise Physiologist and Level 2 USA Swimming Coach.  Her research interests include development and validation of aquatic test protocols of aerobic and anaerobic capacity for shallow water running, swimming, and military performance, as well as studying energy expenditure related to aquatic exercise. She teaches courses in exercise physiology and serves on United States Swimming and National Swimming Pool Foundation committees.





Mary Sanders

Mary is an adjunct professor in the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health. As a clinical exercise physiologist, certified diabetes educator, she also directs WaterFit® internationally which includes an online ACE continuing education course. She has conducted a number of studies with her global colleagues that have targeted a variety of exercise related topics including the effects of land and water exercise.





In the spirit of ACSM’s proposed Aquatics Presidential Task Force mission to: “Promote safe and effective use of aquatics for exercise, rehabilitation, and recreation”, this session focuses on aquatic high-intensity interval training (HIIT), which has emerged as an attractive exercise alternative for clinical and healthy populations. Land-based HIIT may not be an appropriate choice for some clients as an intervention. We’ll identify physiological responses and adaptations associated with aquatic HIIT as well as explore current evidence regarding safe and effective methods of aquatic-based cardiorespiratory assessment and training techniques for a wide variety of participants.





Opportunities for Health and Fitness Professionals in the Diabetes Prevention Program 1X

Robyn Stuhr

Robyn M. Stuhr, M.A., ACSM-RCEP is Vice President, Exercise is Medicine® with the American College of Sports Medicine.  She was previously Sports Medicine Program Director at UC San Diego Health, acting as liaison to the US Olympic Committee Medical Network.  Robyn helped to create the first Women’s Sports Medicine Center in the United States at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, dedicated to the treatment of active and athletic women.  She has 30 years of clinical and administrative experience in healthcare including cardiac rehabilitation, business and occupational health, health promotion, and sports medicine.

Robyn is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (RCEP) and by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) as a Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES).  She is a member of the National Osteoporosis Foundation Working Group on Nutrition and Physical Activity.








The National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) has more than a decade of evidence demonstrating its effectiveness in reducing the incidence of type 2 diabetes among high risk people. Core to the program is helping participants make meaningful changes in lifestyle (physical activity and dietary intake) to achieve at least a 5-7% weight loss.  In a landmark decision to support an evidence-based lifestyle intervention program, Medicare began reimbursement for the DPP in April 2018.  Increased numbers of at-risk people will be now able to participate spurring the need for more local programs and the necessary staffing. This presents an opportunity for health and fitness professionals to engage professionally with the DPP. This session will provide an overview of the DPP, reimbursement for the DPP, and roles for health and fitness professionals associated with the DPP.







Resistance Training for the Mass(es)

Stuart Phillips

Stuart Phillips is currently a full Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and School of Medicine at McMaster University. He is Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Skeletal Muscle Health. He is also the Director of the McMaster Centre for Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Research and the Physical Activity Centre of Excellence. Dr. Phillips is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American College of Nutrition, and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

An evidence-based presentation of the impacts that resistance exercise can have on human health.







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