April 6-9, 2017 • Town and Country Resort & Convention Center • San Diego, California

 

Healthy Behavior Change & Motivation

Transform behavior by understanding the core challenges individuals face in their lives. Learn strategies to inspire change for your clients and add new techniques in motivation, communication and goal setting to promote healthy living.

 

I Get by with a Little Help from my Friends: Using Social Support to Help Clients Achieve Results

Kara Mohr
Kara Mohr

Dr. Kara Mohr, PhD, is an internationally known educator in the area of weight loss, behavior change, and exercise and is co-owner of Mohr Results, Inc., a fitness and nutrition consulting company based in Louisville, KY.  Prior to Mohr Results, Dr. Mohr was an assistant professor at the University of Louisville, and was the Assistant Director of the Physical Activity & Weight Management Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh.

She has lectured internationally on the topic of behavior change and permanent weight loss, and is a regularly sought after expert source by national publications.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University, and a Master of Science and PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh.

 

DATE
  • Friday, April 7, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, April 8, 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
OVERVIEW

Social support has been shown to influence health and fitness outcomes.  Discover the latest research on the role of support and how you can incorporate social support practices in your programs to improve client retention and results.

 

 

 


Interact, Engage, Motivate: Essential Skills for Health Educators

Ashley Reid
Ashley Reid

Ashley Reid earned her degree from the University of Virginia in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sports Medicine. Ashley is an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist and  is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She has over 15 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. While running her own fitness business in Northern Virginia, Ashley helped over 100 clients meet their fitness goals through group exercise, personal training, and worksite wellness. With an interest in childhood obesity Ashley became a Certified Health and Physical Education teacher in southern New Jersey where she taught grades K-12 and served as the Head Track and Field Coach. Seeing the need to address poor eating habits, lack of activity and obesity at a community level, Ashley spent four years at Congreso de Latinos Unidos designing, implementing and evaluating community and school-based health promotion programs for an underserved community in Philadelphia. She has given or taught over 2,500 combined lessons and presentations,  she’s designed agency-wide education standards for over 80 group educators and her work has been featured at conferences such as the Department of Health and Human Services Science of Eliminating Health Disparities Summit; the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Salud America Summit, the National Council of La Raza Conference and the Good Health Summit in Bogota Columbia.

DATE
  • Saturday, April 8, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 9, 8:45 – 9:45 a.m.
OVERVIEW

Health education aims to improve the health of individuals and groups by increasing their knowledge or influencing their attitude. Health educators and presenters are only effective if participants are receiving and retaining information.  This interactive session will outline educator skills and activity suggestions to help health and fitness professionals lead compelling workshops and classes on any exercise, nutrition, or health related topic to any group.

 

 

 


The Importance of Sleep to Health and Fitness

Christopher Kline
Christopher Kline

Dr. Kline is an assistant professor within the Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center in the Department of Health and Physical Activity at the University of Pittsburgh. He received his MS and PhD in Exercise Science from the University of South Carolina, followed by a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship in Translational Sleep Medicine with the Sleep and Chronobiology Center at the University of Pittsburgh. He has been a faculty member at Pitt since 2014.

Dr. Kline’s research interests focus on the bidirectional relationship between physical activity and sleep. Current projects are examining whether sleep impacts behavioral weight loss intervention outcomes, how exercise training impacts the severity and health consequences of obstructive sleep apnea, and how physical activity could be integrated into the behavioral treatment for adults with insomnia and short sleep duration. He has authored over 40 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, and his research has been supported by grants from ACSM, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Kline is an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist and an NSCA Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

 

DATE
  • Saturday, April 8, 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
  • Saturday, April 8, 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
OVERVIEW

Sleep is increasingly recognized for its importance in optimizing health and performance, but it has traditionally received little attention within the health/fitness field. Dr. Kline will discuss the evidence linking sleep to diet, physical activity, and weight loss, and summarize how sleep may contribute to optimal athletic performance. Dr. Kline will also review the fitness professional’s options for tracking sleep, screening for possible sleep disorders, and integrating better sleep habits into their clients’ lives.


Hot Topic Panel: Health Promotion: Lessons Learned 1X

Ashley Reid
Ashley Reid

Ashley Reid earned her degree from the University of Virginia in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sports Medicine. Ashley is an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist and  is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She has over 15 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. While running her own fitness business in Northern Virginia, Ashley helped over 100 clients meet their fitness goals through group exercise, personal training, and worksite wellness. With an interest in childhood obesity Ashley became a Certified Health and Physical Education teacher in southern New Jersey where she taught grades K-12 and served as the Head Track and Field Coach. Seeing the need to address poor eating habits, lack of activity and obesity at a community level, Ashley spent four years at Congreso de Latinos Unidos designing, implementing and evaluating community and school-based health promotion programs for an underserved community in Philadelphia. She has given or taught over 2,500 combined lessons and presentations,  she’s designed agency-wide education standards for over 80 group educators and her work has been featured at conferences such as the Department of Health and Human Services Science of Eliminating Health Disparities Summit; the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Salud America Summit, the National Council of La Raza Conference and the Good Health Summit in Bogota Columbia.

 

 

 

 

Christian Thompson
Christian Thompson

Dr. Christian Thompson is an Exercise Physiologist and is a faculty member in the Kinesiology Department at the University of San Francisco. Christian has published numerous scientific publications on exercise programming for older adults in peer-reviewed journals such as Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® , Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, and Journal of Applied Research.

At USF, Christian is engaged in numerous research and community projects investigating exercise programming for older adults. In 2007, he received a three year, $600,000 grant to study the effectiveness of a progressive falls prevention exercise class on falls and fall risk in community-dwelling older adults who had recently fallen. This work earned Christian the Outstanding Young Researcher award from the Council of Aging and Adult Development in 2009. He also received a two-year $20,000 grant from the Kaiser Community Benefit Foundation to further study falls in older adults.

Christian is a featured author for the PTA Global certification program and also developed educational content for the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Senior Fitness Association. He serves as an advisor to many industry groups and has appeared in numerous lay publications such as the San Francisco Chronicle, Cleveland Clinic Health Newsletter, Arthritis Advisor, and GOLF Magazine.

 

 

Mary Kruse
Mary Kruse

Mary is the owner and President of HealthSource Solutions a provider of comprehensive health promotion and fitness center services.

Mary currently leads a talented team of 36 fitness center and health promotion professionals who are always seeking new ways to engage participants in healthy lifestyles. The focus of HealthSource is to provide comprehensive solutions for small to mid-market employers. Her experience, coupled with evidence based information, innovative programming, and annual and strategic planning, helps companies build the foundation to reach their desired outcomes.

She is the chair of the Midwest Health Promotion conference and has been instrumental in starting up the “Minnesota Connection”, a health promotion meet up group. Mary authored the chapter, “From the Basics to Comprehensive Programming”, within the ACSM’s Worksite Health Handbook, Second Edition: Healthy Worker, Healthy Company.

Mary received her B.S. in Physical Education from George Williams College in Chicago and her M.S. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Illinois-Chicago.

 

 

 

DATE
  • Saturday, April 8, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
OVERVIEW

Exercise and nutrition focused health promotion programs are being used across the country in efforts to prevent obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. This discussion by professionals that have served in a variety of roles within health promotion programs, including corporate wellness, community-based programming, and academic settings will highlight program design considerations, successful implementation components, evaluation, and recruitment and retention strategies. This panel will be sure to inspire and provide practical tips to take back to your own communities.

 

 

 


Hot Topic Panel: Power and Future of Behavior Change for Fitness Professionals 1X

Brad Roy
Brad Roy

Brad A. Roy, Ph.D., FACSM, FACHE, FMFA is an administrator/executive director at Kalispell Regional Medical Center. He is responsible for The Summit Medical Fitness Center, a 114,800 sq ft medical fitness center located in Kalispell, Montana and a number of other hospital departments. He is the editor for the Medical Fitness Association’s Standards and Guidelines for Medical Fitness Center Facilities, past board chairman for the Medical Fitness Association and current member of the ACSM CCRB CES committee. Dr. Roy also serves as an associated editor for the ACSM Health and Fitness Journal.

 

 

 

 

Gary Sforzo
Gary Sforzo

Gary Sforzo, Ph.D., FACSM  is a full professor in the Department of Exercise & Sport Sciences at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY.  He is a recognized authority, researcher, and writer in the area of health coaching research while having also published numerous peer-reviewed articles related to improving effectiveness of exercise training.  He has long-held certifications as Health Coach and Wellness Coach as well as certification as a ACSM Clinical Exercise Physiologist.  Dr. Sforzo frequently consults on project design and data interpretation for clinical and corporate coaching research projects and serves as the Research Advisor to Wellcoaches.

 

 

 

Gary Liguori
Gary Liguori

Gary Liguori is the Inaugural Dean of the College of Health Sciences at the University of Rhode Island, where he is also co-Director of the Academic Health Collaborative and a Professor of Kinesiology. Gary received his Ph.D. from North Dakota State University, MS from East Stroudsburg, and BS from the University of Central Missouri, and has held faculty positions at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, North Dakota State University, Youngstown State University, and the University of Wyoming. Gary is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, serves on the Executive Council of the ACSM Committee of Certification and Registry Board and on the Executive Council of the ACSM Publications Committee. Gary was a member of the Scientific Roundtable which developed ACSM’s recently released guidelines for exercise pre-participation screening, and was Senior Editor of the 1st edition ACSM Resource Manual for the Health Fitness Specialist, an Associate Editor for ACSM’s 10th edition Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, and the Senior Editor of ACSM’s 5th edition Health Related Physical Fitness Assessment Manual.

 

 

 

 

DATE
  • Friday, April 7, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
OVERVIEW

Health and Fitness Professionals at all levels of certification frequently find themselves working with clients that have a history of physical inactivity and/or a variety of chronic health conditions. Unfortunately, despite passionate efforts to engage clients, successful health related behavior change often remains elusive. This session will cover the rapidly expanding utilization of behavior change strategies within the health and fitness industry from the perspective of academia, evidence-based and coach programming, and healthcare. Academic preparation, coaching certification and related professional opportunities will be explored.

 

 

 

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