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

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Children, older adults, people of various abilities (physical, intellectual, visual) and other groups may cross your path requiring specially designed programs to fit their individual needs. Clients with medical conditions, or those facing environmental and other unique challenges are of concern today. Learn strategies to help these individuals make significant lifestyle change.


The Dr. Bortz Lecture: Aging is Hard Work: Exercise Training to Change the Course Toward Disability


Carol Ewing Garber


Carol Ewing Garber is Professor and Chair of Biobehavioral Sciences at Teachers College, Columbia University. Professor Garber also serves as the Director of the Graduate Program in Applied Exercise Physiology at Teachers College.  Professor Garber is a fellow and past President of the American College of Sports Medicine and New England Chapter of ACSM.  She is holds certifications as an ACSM Preventive and Rehabilitative Exercise Program Director, Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist and Exercise Physiologist-Certified, and Dr. Garber is a clinical exercise physiologist, and her clinical practice and research falls under the broad umbrella of the role of physical activity and exercise in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases in adults and children of all ages, from the oldest old to toddlers. In her spare time, Dr. Garber sings with the Cecilia Chorus of NYC where you can see her on stage at Carnegie Hall, and she is an avid Pilates practitioner and wilderness backpacker.



The physiological, cognitive, and functional changes that accompany aging present special challenges requiring adaptive approaches to meet the unique goals and needs of the older adult. This session will use a case study approach to illustrate the principles and practical applications of exercise guidelines to diverse older adults..




Calculating the Cost of Physical Inactivity in Various Adult Populations

David Chenoweth

Over the past 37 years, David has served as president of Chenoweth & Associates, Inc.., an international data analysis, econometric forecasting, and evaluation firm. He also served 31 years on the faculty of East Carolina University and retired as professor emeritus in 2010. Much of his work centers around proportionate risk factor cost appraisal and conducting break-even, cost-effectiveness, and benefit-cost analysis on workplace and employee-centric wellness programs, policies, and Incentives.



David will describe several techniques for calculating the cost of physical inactivity at the workforce, community, and statewide level. He will describe how to gather prevalence, demographic, and other pertinent data on a particular population. Then, he will illustrate how to integrate the data into several platforms to quantify the medical care, lost productivity, and lost opportunity costs of physical inactivity. He will showcase the public-domained “Physical Inactivity Cost Calculator” and its uses with different populations.



Challenging Autism with Exercise

David Geslak

As a Fitness Coordinator at a school for children with autism, Coach Dave experienced first-hand the challenges of teaching exercise. By understanding that students with autism learn differently, he developed a system that has become a breakthrough in effectively teaching exercise. 12 universities have incorporated ExerciseBuddy, an App, into their Adapted Physical Education and Special Education Programs. As a pioneer in the field, Dave gives his insightful and inspiring presentations around the world, including, Egypt, Dubai, Barbados, Canada, Russia, Kazakhstan and South Korea.

Coach Dave graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Health Promotion. He is a Certified Exercise Physiologist from the American College of Sports Medicine and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is a former student assistant strength and conditioning coach for the University of Iowa Football Program. He is also a member of the State of Illinois Autism Taskforce.



Exercise is one of the most under-utilized and cost-effective treatments for individuals with autism. In addition to the health-related benefits, research shows that exercise can increase attention span, reduce stress, enhance language development and reduce stereotypical behaviors for individuals with autism. While many in the fitness community do not know the research, others want to help but are intimidated of how to begin. David Geslak, who has trained professionals around the world, will teach participants visual strategies, exercises and structured routines so you can make a difference for this unfortunately growing community.



Impact of Exercise during Pregnancy: A Call to Action to Promote the Health of TWO Generations!

Michelle Mottola

Dr. Mottola is a Professor with a Joint Position in the School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Health Sciences and the Dept. of Anatomy and Cell Biology, in the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada.

She is the (Founding) Director of the R. Samuel McLaughlin Foundation – Exercise and Pregnancy Laboratory, which is the only lab in North America that specializes in the area of exercising pregnant and postpartum women. She is a Scientist of the Children’s Health Research Institute and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). She was elected to the ASCM Board of Trustees in 2016 representing Basic and Applied Science. She is an anatomist (embryologist) and exercise physiologist who has conducted research on the effects of maternal exercise on both the mother and the developing fetus, with follow up into the postpartum period. Her research has led to a co-authorship on the PARmed-X for Pregnancy, which contains Canadian exercise guidelines for pregnant women, published by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiologists (CSEP) and the Society of Obstetricians & Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC). She currently has Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Knowledge Translation funding to update the Canadian Clinical Practice Guidelines for Exercise During Pregnancy.

Dr. Mottola wrote the pregnancy section in ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, 9th edition. (Chpt 8; 2014). She was a member of the ACSM SHI-Women, Physical Activity & Sport and currently serves on the ACSM Obesity Strategic Health Committee.

Dr. Mottola participated in the Expert Medical Panel for the International Olympic Committee published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine; entitled, “Exercise and pregnancy in recreational and elite athletes: 2016 evidence summary from the IOC expert group meeting, Lausanne. Part I Exercise in women planning pregnancy and those who are pregnant.” Part II is currently “In press”.

She has received over $2.5 million for research grants on exercise during pregnancy and has published over 75 papers and 21 invited book chapters on this topic. She has given over 160 invited talks in the area of exercise during pregnancy or postpartum.

Her current research focuses on the impact of a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy on chronic disease risks such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease for both mother and her offspring.






A robust link exists between the fetal environment and the long-term influence of offspring health and future risk of chronic disease. Promotion of active living, exercise and lifestyle change, while potentially overcoming barriers to a healthier lifestyle during this time period is vital. Promotion of a healthy lifestyle for pregnant women to help them exercise safely and be more active will be presented using the Canadian guidelines for exercise during pregnancy (PARmed-X for Pregnancy; ). The PARmed-X for pregnancy is a tool for medical screening before beginning or continuing an exercise program and also contains guidelines for aerobic and muscle conditioning exercise prescription. This session will review these guidelines and provide a practical approach for lifestyle prescription. Targeting pregnant women with a healthy lifestyle approach may help slow down the obesity epidemic and disease risk for both mom and her child. Healthy moms = healthy babies!



What you NEED to Know Before you HIT with Clinical Populations


Yuri Feito

Dr. Yuri Feito is an associate professor of Exercise Science at Kennesaw State University and a member of the graduate faculty at Kansas State University in the Kinesiology department.  He has been involved in the medical fitness industry for over 15 years working with a variety of clinical population. Dr. Feito obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in Exercise Physiology, and has master degrees in Movement Science and Public Health. He is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and is certified as a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (RCEP) and Certified Exercise Specialist (CEP). His current research interests include adaptations to high-intensity functional training, as well as the study of injuries within this training modality.  In addition, he has studied the use of objective measures to promote and measure physical activity among individuals of all ages.






With the rise in popularity of high intensity training (HIT) programs among the general population, fitness practitioners are often asked what is safe and effective for individuals with clinical conditions (e.g. cardiovascular disease, diabetes, etc.). This presentation will examine the potential benefits, the risks, and how to best design these programs to meet the needs of the individual.




Workshop: Age-Related Sarcopenia: Diagnosis and Screening with Older Adults 1X




Paul Gallo

Dr. Paul M. Gallo has been the director of Exercise Science and Wellness at Norwalk Community College since 2004 and Adjunct Faculty at Teachers College Columbia University since 2011. He holds a doctorate of education in applied physiology from Teachers College Columbia University and is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. Paul is active in research focusing on movement economy and resistance training in both persons with Parkinson’s disease and older adults and has publications in several peer-reviewed journals. Currently, Paul serves as the Assistant to the Editor for the Journal of Clinical Exercise Physiology and is the Sponsorship Chair for the New England Chapter of the ACSM. He has also served as an editor and reviewer for textbooks and refereed journals within his area of expertise.








Christopher Bopp












This workshop will provide current research findings associated with age-related sarcopenia in older adults. Clinical definition and diagnostic procedures will be reviewed as well as the negative effects of sarcopenia on physical activity, function and quality of life. Benefits of resistance training as a method of prevention/management will be discussed and recommendations for this type of exercise will be addressed. Attendees will be able to administer the European Working Group on Sarcopenia Screening during an interactive hands-on experience following the component of lecture this workshop.





Workshop: A Quidditch Training Program for Muggles 1X



Barry Parker


Dr. Barry Parker holds a Ph.D. in exercise physiology from Springfield College, and holds certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and USA Weightlifting. Dr. Parker is Department Chair and Assistant Professor in the Exercise Science department at Shenandoah University.






Jessica Kutz

Dr. Jessica Kutz holds a Ph.D. in kinesiology from Pennsylvania State University and is an ACSM certified exercise physiologist. Dr. Kutz is an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at Shenandoah University, and is a member of the ACSM and the American Physiological Society.








Jessica Peacock

Dr. Jessica Peacock holds a Ph.D. in sport & exercise psychology and M.A. in counseling from West Virginia University. She is an ACSM certified exercise physiologist and National Certified Counselor. Dr. Peacock is an Associate Professor of Exercise Science at Shenandoah University.








Sheara Williamson

Dr. Sheara Williamson holds a Ph.D. in exercise physiology from Temple University. She is an Assistant Professor in the Exercise Science department at Shenandoah University.








The following workshop will detail the use of Harry Potter-themed activities to engage children ages 4-12. Participants will have the opportunity to complete the activities and the authors will describe conceptualization of the theme and individual activities and recommendations for engaging children in this age range.



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