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

Physical Activity Throughout the Lifespan

Exercise interventions can be tailored to reach healthy populations including children, middle aged and older adults, and pregnant women. Sessions focus on program design, modification, implementation, and assessment to meet the specific goals, needs and abilities of individuals within a target population.

Workshop: Dynamic Programming for Active Aging

Erika Quest

Erika Quest, PMA-CPT & Owner of Studio Q Pilates Conditioning in Laguna Beach, CA is a Balanced Body® Master Instructor as well as Body Arts & Science Graduate (BASI). You can also find Erika on the road where she teaches at many international fitness / wellness conferences such as Pilates on Tour, SCW Fitness Conferences and IDEA World. For complete schedule, please visit

With 8 years of former advertising and public speaking experience, she discovered Pilates in 2001, and eventually Body Arts & Science International, while training for triathlon. She now has the pleasure of sharing her passion for Pilates with her loyal clients daily.

Baby boomers who are actively aging can be your most dedicated and inspiring clients. Using the Balanced Body system, experience small group circuit programming designed to work on the strength, balance and fitness needs of the mature client. Active aging expert Erika Quest will lead you through the key principles and several circuits in this practical, experiential workshop.

Is 70 the New 40? Research Update on Nutrition, Aging and Exercise

Bob Murray

Bob Murray, PhD, FACSM is managing principal of Sports Science Insights, LLC, a consulting group that assists companies and organizations in need of targeted expertise in exercise science and sports nutrition.  SSI’s clients range from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. Prior to starting SSI in August 2008, Dr. Murray was co-founder and director of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (1985 to 2008.)  Dr. Murray’s research and publications on the hydration needs of athletes and the physiological and performance responses to fluid, carbohydrate, and electrolyte ingestion have contributed to the broader understanding of the importance of being well hydrated during exercise and of the role that carbohydrates and electrolytes play in helping athletes and non-athletes alike get the most out of their bodies during physical activity.  Dr. Murray has served on the faculties of Boise State University (1980-1985; Associate Professor), Ohio State University (1979-1980; Lecturer), and Oswego State University (1974-1977; Assistant Professor and Men’s Swimming & Diving Coach).  Bob received his PhD in exercise physiology from Ohio State University, is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, and an honorary member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Bob has coauthored two recent books, Practical Guide to Exercise Physiology (Human Kinetics, 2016) and Food and Fitness After 50 (eatrightpress, 2017).



Christine Rosenbloom

Dr. Rosenbloom is president of Chris Rosenbloom Food and Nutrition Services, LLC ( and nutrition professor emerita at Georgia State University. She is the author of the consumer book (with Dr. Bob Murray), Food & Fitness After 50, featuring information on eating well, moving well, and being well for adults in their 50s, 60s, 70s, and beyond.

Dr. Rosenbloom held various teaching and administrative positions, including department chair and associate dean. She was the sports dietitian for the Georgia Tech Athletic Association for 10 years and for the Georgia State athletes for 10 years. She is the editor-in-chief of two editions of Sports Nutrition: A Practice Manual for Professionals and served as assistant editor for the 6th edition released in 2017.

She received a Bachelor of Science in food and nutrition from Kent State University (Ohio) in 1973 and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Minnesota in 1974. Her doctorate was earned in sociology with a gerontology concentration from Georgia State University in 1989.

She lives on Lake Hartwell in Georgia with her husband, Rob. She has two big dogs and remains functionally fit so that she can lift a 50-pound bag of dog food.





The human body is amazingly adept at increasing its fitness capacity, even into the ninth decade and beyond. As the population ages, so will the need for sound nutrition and exercise advice for the “grey tsunami” that will change the face of our population. This session will review the physiological changes that occur with normal aging that impact exercise capacity, muscle strength, and nutrient needs.

Mini-Workshop: Targeting Physical Function in Middle Age- A New Necessity?(!)

Christie Ward-Ritacco

Dr. Christie Ward-Ritacco is an Assistant Professor at the University of Rhode Island. Her research focuses on the independent and interactive effects of physical activity, nutrition, and body composition on quality of life, with a particular interest in physical function and feelings of energy and fatigue.  She also has research experience investigating the role of dietary supplementation on resting metabolic rate and cognitive performance. Prior to completing her doctoral training at the University of Georgia, Dr. Ward-Ritacco worked as a clinical exercise physiologist in a hospital-based cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and wellness center for five years.  She earned her MS in Exercise Science from the University of Rhode Island, after earning her BS in Health and Exercise Science from Wake Forest University. Dr. Ward-Ritacco is an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Exercise Physiologist (2005-present). She serves as a member of the ACSM Committee on Certification and Registry Boards – Certified Exercise Physiologist Committee (2012 – present) and is the Rhode Island state representative for New England Chapter of the ACSM.





A growing number of middle-aged adults (~45-64 years of age) are reporting physical function limitations and experiencing moderate to severe disability in areas including self-care, work-related activities, and ambulation. This session will explore what we know about this age group regarding physical function and discuss the roles physical activity and body composition play in determining physical function performance. Options for objective physical function assessment will be presented and practiced by participants.



Mini-Workshop: The Walking Solution: The Workout that Works for Every Body 1X

Lee Scott

Lee Scott, B.A.Sc., M.A., trained to be a mechanical engineer and then found passion and purpose drew her to the health and fitness industry more than 22 years ago. A dynamic coach, she developed the WoW Power Walking® program and the Simple Secrets for a Great Walking Workout DVD-CD as a way to engage people in a challenging and sustainable lifelong activity. She has coached thousands of walkers for fitness and marathons. She has power walked more than 65 distance events including a 50k ultramarathon and 25 full marathons. Her engaging presence and considerable knowledge of the latest research in exercise science has made her a popular expert with North American magazines, and at fitness conferences, corporate workshops, marathon expos, and on television.







Michele Stanten

Walking coach Michele Stanten is the author of Firm Up in 3 Weeks and Walk Off Weight, co-author of Walk Your Butt Off, and creator of As the former Fitness Director of Prevention magazine, she created a marathon walking program and coached thousands of readers to walk full and half marathons. Michele has also developed walking and fitness programs for leading brands and organizations such as Avon, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and Reader’s Digest, and she is a member of the Every Body Walk Collaborative. Michele, an ACE-certified group fitness instructor, has also produced and appeared in more than a dozen exercise DVDs and audio workouts. Her numerous media appearances include the “Today Show”, “Good Morning America”, “The Biggest Loser” and “CNN”.







Walking is America’s most popular form of exercise–accessible to all bodies from the fit to the unfit, young to old, healthy weight to obese alike. Discover how to make this pedestrian activity a workout for every body. Learn how to help your clients get fit and fast with improved walking technique and fun drills while minimizing risk for injury. You’ll go home with inspirational ideas on walking class design and programming.





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