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April 5-8, 2018 • Hyatt Regency Crystal City • Arlington, Virginia (Washington, D.C.)

Exercise is Medicine®

Exercise is Medicine® is a global health initiative managed by ACSM that seeks to make physical activity assessment and exercise prescription a standard part of the disease prevention and treatment paradigm for all patients. It strives to bridge the healthcare industry with the fitness industry so patients can benefit from the tremendous health benefits that exercise brings.

The Exercise is Medicine Solution – Creative Applications for Practitioners 1X

Carena Winters

Dr. Carena Winters is an expert in the areas of Exercise is Medicine® and Exercise Physiology. She earned her doctorate and Master’s in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Winters was a faculty member at Slippery Rock University from 2009-2017.  She is currently an Associate Professor at Jacksonville University in the Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences and a leader in JU’s Healthy Campus and Exercise is Medicine on Campus® (EIM-OC) initiatives. Dr. Winters launched the Global EIM-OC initiative in May 2009 with Robert E. Sallis, M.D., FACSM, and is a member of the Global EIM Advisory Board. Dr. Winters is an ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-CEP), with the EIM Level III Credential. Dr. Winters’ passion is sharing her knowledge of exercise physiology, epidemiology, and the Exercise is Medicine® initiative in the classroom and the community. 

Renee Jeffreys-Heil

Dr. Jeffreys-Heil joined the Florida Gulf Coast Faculty in 2014.  Her primary teaching responsibilities focus on clinical preparation of students for experiential learning.  Dr. Jeffreys-Heil earned her Doctoral Degree in Epidemiology from the University of Cincinnati in 2014 and her Masters of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology from George Washington University in 2001.  Dr. Jeffreys-Heil has over 15 years of experience in clinical exercise physiology working for private companies, universities, and hospital centers.

Presently, Dr. Jeffreys-Heil’s research focus is on Physical Activity Epidemiology and the role exercise and wellness plays in the health and academic performance .  Dr. Jeffreys-Heil is an American College of Sports Medicine Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist, and an Exercise is Medicine Practitioner.  Dr. Jeffreys-Heil launched Exercise is Medicine on Campus Program (EIM@FGCU) in March of 2015 and the program has received national attention.  Dr. Jeffreys –Heil is a member of the inaugural class of EIM’s 2016 Emerging Leader Program.


As the Exercise is Medicine (EIM) solution expands there are unique opportunities for practitioners to become involved. The goal of this presentation is to share successful programs and provide practical tips on implementing the EIM solution across multiple locations (Universities, Colleges, Work Sites, Hospital Settings).

FMS: Move Well then Move Often

Lee Burton

Dr. Lee Burton is currently the President and Co-owner of Functional Movement Systems a consulting and education organization, focusing on a systematic approach to injury prevention and exercise programming. Lee received his Doctorate Degree from Virginia Tech with an emphasis in Health Promotion and Wellness. His background is primarily in sports medicine, focusing on performance enhancement and injury prevention. He is an internationally recognized speaker and author focusing on human movement and performance enhancement. He is a Certified Athletic Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.


Today when we begin any exercise program the focus too often is how much can I lift, how many reps can I perform or how fast and long can I run. We forget that quality must come before quantity, especially when it comes to exercise. During this presentation Lee will discuss the process in which you can ensure you are focusing on how well your client or athlete is performing during exercise and activity, not just how often. Lee will review the latest evidence pertaining specifically to this methodology and how it can be used practically to improve your outcomes. The focus of this presentation will be to utilize specific case studies in a variety of personal training, strength and conditioning and sports medicine settings to demonstrate the benefits of this philosophy.

Workshop: Corrective Exercise for the Problem Shoulder 1X

Sylvie Patrick

Originally from France, Sylvie is bilingual Master Instructor for Power Plate and Senior Master Trainer for TriggerPoint specializing in whole body vibration and functional training. She joined the Evidence Based Fitness Academy in 2014 and the Precor Coaching Center after their acquisition of Queenax Functional Training. Certified through NASM, ACE, and OPT, her goal is to provide health professionals with the knowledge and necessary tools to become confident and successful trainers. Sylvie is passionate about empowering her clients to maintain or discover optimum health and travels the world educating and assisting in the implementation of new training programs and technologies.


The shoulder is one of the most problematic joints in the body. It is also one of the most mobile. For years personal trainers have taught “get your shoulders down and back”, but is this always best? This class will examine the anatomy behind common shoulder injuries and provide a new perspective on corrective exercise program design.



Workshop: VO2max as a Vital Sign: Practical Considerations for the Exercise Professional 1X


Christopher Bopp



Leonard Kaminsky

Dr. Lenny Kaminsky is the John & Janice Fisher Distinguished Professor of Wellness and the Director of the Fisher Institute of Health and Well-Being at Ball State University. He has served on the Board of Trustees for both ACSM & AACVPR and is currently the Associate Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention. He has served as editor of multiple ACSM publications, including the Health-related Physical Fitness Assessment Manual, and regularly contributes to scientific writing groups including the AHA Statement supporting Cardiorespiratory Fitness as a Clinical Vital Sign. He is one of the co-founders of the Fitness Registry for the Importance of Exercise National Database (FRIEND Registry for Cardiorespiratory Fitness).





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