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

 

Health Behavior Change & Motivation

Helping individuals adopt and maintain healthy behaviors is an essential skill for health fitness practitioners. Sessions focus on strategies and techniques based on the latest research in psychology and behavior change. Topics include adoption and maintenance of health behaviors, motivation, communication and goal setting.

 

Encouraging Active Transportation to Promote Physical Activity “Outside the Box”

Melissa Roti

Dr. Melissa Roti is a Professor and Director of the Exercise Science Program in the department of Movement Sciences at Westfield State University. Dr. Roti received her BS and PhD in Kinesiology at the University of Connecticut and her MS in Exercise Science at University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  She was named a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) in 2013.  Her current research focus is on physical activity contributions and self-efficacy for active transportation, promotion & development of walkable/rollable communities and the study of teaching and learning in the Exercise Sciences. Her American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM) service includes: Program Committee Topical Representative: ‘Fitness Assessment, Exercise Training and Performance of Athletes and Healthy People’ (2016-2020), Member of ActivEarth Committee and co-author on upcoming white papers (2017-2019) and Presidential Task Force on Social Programming (2013-2014). For the New England chapter (NEACSM), Dr. Roti has served as President (2015-2016), Member-at-Large (2006-2008), and MAX! Newsletter Editor (2005-2010); she is now a Past-President and Board of Trustees Representative.  She feels strongly about being a healthy role model for her children, her students and as an ACSM professional. Her personal interests include dance, yoga, cycling, hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, reading, cooking and eating.

 

ActivEarth is an ACSM initiative to promote the physical & mental, economic and environmental health benefits of active transportation. As exercise practitioners, we want our clients/patients to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives; not only for the few hours per week that they are with us. Focus of discussion will be on incorporating evidence-based behavioral techniques to include active transportation into any lifestyle or environment. Talk will also include definitions, benefits and challenges of active transportation as well as a brief summary of the upcoming ActivEarth white paper (co-author; currently in progress).

 


Mind Over Matter: A Simple Path to Wellness 1X

Sally Sherman

Sally Sherman, Ph.D. is a dancer, triathlete, yogi and educator in Pittsburgh, PA. Sally holds a B.A. in Dance, an M.Ed. in Teaching, an M.S. in Exercise Science and a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology. She serves as a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh in the Department of Health and Physical Activity. Dr. Sherman’s dissertation work studied “Energy Expenditure in Yoga Versus Other Forms of Physical Activity” and revealed that Vinyasa Yoga meets exercise requirements. Dr. Sherman is a certified Baptiste yoga instructor and has assisted in teacher trainings all over the world. As a triathlete, Dr. Sherman is a sponsored athlete competing in long-distance cycling events, marathons and IRONMAN triathlons. She uses these events to raise money for local charities including food banks, the Salvation Army and Toys for Tots. As a melanoma survivor, she aims to bring awareness to skin cancer prevention, especially among the athletes who spend so much time in the sunshine.

 

 

The use of mindfulness and meditation is well documented to decrease stress, increase concentration, boost immunity, enhance sleep and improve happiness. In a society where we are conditioned to multi-task and maintain productivity, meditation can feel like a waste of valuable time. However, by pulling the mind into the present moment, we can feel control over our lives and master the art of non-reaction. Being present allows us to feel peace, do better work and actually experience the world around us.

 

 

 


The Power of Positive Psychology

Mary Yoke

Mary Yoke is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and authors the Research Bites column in the ACSM Heath & Fitness Journal three times per year.  She has a PhD. in health behavior, a Masters Degree in exercise physiology, two degrees in music, and has obtained 24 certifications in fitness.  She is currently a full-time faculty member at both IUPUI and IU Bloomington, teaching for the departments of Kinesiology and Applied Health Science.  Mary has authored or co-authored four fitness textbooks and one book on happiness, and has been featured in numerous online videos.  

 

 

 

 

Come learn about this exciting new field! Instead of studying what can go wrong with a person’s emotional and mental health, positive psychology seeks a more balanced viewof human functioning and focuses on individual strengths, positive outcomes, and on how to live well. This experiential session will be full of personal mini-experiments designed to optimize your and your clients’ well-being.

 

 

 

 

 


Using the Theory of Multiple Intelligences to Better Reach out Participants 1X

Sally Sherman

Sally Sherman, Ph.D. is a dancer, triathlete, yogi and educator in Pittsburgh, PA. Sally holds a B.A. in Dance, an M.Ed. in Teaching, an M.S. in Exercise Science and a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology. She serves as a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh in the Department of Health and Physical Activity. Dr. Sherman’s dissertation work studied “Energy Expenditure in Yoga Versus Other Forms of Physical Activity” and revealed that Vinyasa Yoga meets exercise requirements. Dr. Sherman is a certified Baptiste yoga instructor and has assisted in teacher trainings all over the world. As a triathlete, Dr. Sherman is a sponsored athlete competing in long-distance cycling events, marathons and IRONMAN triathlons. She uses these events to raise money for local charities including food banks, the Salvation Army and Toys for Tots. As a melanoma survivor, she aims to bring awareness to skin cancer prevention, especially among the athletes who spend so much time in the sunshine.

 

 

Howard Gardner, professor of education at Harvard developed the theory of Multiple Intelligences in 1983. Today this theory is taught world-wide as a way to better reach students in education. Come and learn how to use this theory to better reach our health and fitness participants, to increase self efficacy and to keep them more engaged. Whether students are more visually intelligent, more spatial or body-kinesthetic, simple modifications can be added to our teaching in order to assist learning for students of all ages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Mini Workshop: Laugh for the Health of It

Debbie Friend

Through her company, LifeCurrents, Debbie Friend promotes wellness via  her highly-effective, enjoyable, and educational stress management and laughter yoga programs. She develops and presents sessions to a wide range of audiences including corporations, schools, health clubs and the special needs community. In addition, Debbie provides individualized health coaching to help her clients reach their health, wellness, and fitness goals. Debbie earned her Master of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation. She holds the following certifications: Certified Laughter Yoga Leader; Certified Intrinsic Coach; Certified Woman Owned Business Enterprise-City of Chicago; and ACSM-Certified Personal Trainer.

 

 

 

 

During this fun, unique, and interactive session, participants will learn about the history of laughter yoga, the benefits of the practice and will experience first-hand how laughter yoga will provide physical, cognitive and emotional benefits. This fun, safe, non-competitive activity is suitable for all fitness levels. No special clothing or equipment is required.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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