Like many fitness professionals, IDEA member and presenter Carrie Ekins, MA, was born to move. Since she can remember, she has been involved in exercise, sports and dance—always with her family’s support and encouragement. Ekins is among the generation that first became certified in aerobics in the early 1980s. Her passion for movement and wellness has inspired her to create and participate in many programs over the years.
Subject: Lisa D. Bell, RN, MBA
business: Bell Bodies Fitness, Newburgh, Indiana
Her Clientele. Bell specializes in training beginners, women and deconditioned individuals. Her clients range mainly from 30 to 65 years old, although she’s trained and taught men and women of all ages.
In 1999, Philadelphia was rated by Men’s Fitness magazine as the fattest city in the nation. The city’s mayor, John Street, established a special program that motivated the population to lose weight by making lifestyle changes. When IDEA member Bev Brody, who lives in Kauai, Hawaii, heard about Philadelphia’s resolve, she was inspired to do something in her own community.
By the end of a busy year, many of you may have spent weeks of time com-
muting. You sit listlessly in traffic jams, eyes glazed over, just counting the minutes until you reach your destination. But occasionally you may get a chuckle or a lift from a clever license plate. It’s especially rewarding when you can relate to that personalized tag. A recent cross-country tour (of e-mails) helped us find at least five IDEA members who strut their fitness stuff on their cars. They don’t just walk the walk; they drive it, too!
Subject: Lynne Greer
business: Healthy Wishes in Bishop, California
Her Clientele. Greer works with a range of clients in her town, including older women whose activities of daily living have become more challenging. She also frequently works with clients who’ve been to physical therapists and now need help exercising on their own.
When Michele Silence, MA, stands in front of her group fitness class, it isn’t unusual for her to pretend she’s a dinosaur. She’s not demonstrating a new dance move, but teaching kids ages 2–6 years old the benefits of exercise. Silence teaches a structured physical education curriculum called KID-FIT that is designed to educate children about healthy lifestyle habits.