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Collaborating for Meaningful, Lasting Change

As ACE president and CEO, Scott Goudeseune leads the senior management team and provides vision and direction for the organization’s strategic plans. He sees the number of health and fitness professionals increasing and their impact expanding through a growing number of partnerships within and outside the fitness industry and across the healthcare and workplace wellness spectrum. He is committed to working with policymakers to promote changes that lead to a healthier America.

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College Requires Fitbit: Thumbs Up!

I was intrigued and impressed by the news item by Ryan Halvorson on Oral Roberts University’s requirement that incoming freshman use a Fitbit (“College Requires Fitbit,” Making News, May 2016). I applaud this initiative. I am a college educator and an NSCA-certified personal trainer, and I find myself continually astounded by the poor health of our youth. My organization has tried, several times, to remove our wellness and activity courses from the general education requirements. My heart sinks each time that topic comes up for discussion—it’s counterintuitive and shortsighted.

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It’s Time to End the Stigma of Obesity

To people affected by obesity, there may be nothing more stigmatizing than walking through the doors of a fitness center and working with fitness professionals.
Weight stigma, also called weight bias—“the social devaluation and denigration of people perceived to carry excess weight” (Tomiyama 2014)—is so pervasive that it may well be the last form of widespread stigmatization that is still socially acceptable. What’s more, it triggers a vicious cycle of eating more and exercising less, leading to further weight gain (Tomiyama 2014).

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What Is Mindset Training? A Primer

Woman practicing mindset training

Michael Mantell, PhD, has spent the past 40 years urging people to change their minds to improve their bodies, using mindset training.
“I worked with an obese, gay male client, who finally came to realize that he’d been [too] humiliated to go to a gym because his mindset was, ‘People will laugh at me. I look horrible naked. I can’t ever have a lover because I can’t stand how I look, so how will anyone else?

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Dogs and Older Adults: A Winning Combination

Apologies to cat lovers, but we know a dog is a man’s best friend. A new study suggests that a canine buddy offers more than friendship and a warmed lap. Dog ownership may positively affect the pet owner’s health and quality of life in a variety of ways.

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Sleep Deprivation Impacts Cholesterol

Staying up late to binge-watch the newest series release might cause more problems than a groggy workday. According to a small study from the University of Helsinki, inadequate sleep may also affect how the body metabolizes cholesterol.

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Orthopedic Surgeon Recommends Yoga and Pilates

Offering yoga and Pilates movements may encourage more people to stretch regularly and to enjoy the
benefits. Many people skip stretching because they believe they lack time or are too stiff, but there are
important reasons to prioritize flexibility training. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
encourages individuals to include daily flexibility exercises.

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International Activity Competition Yields Positive Results

It’s no mystery that people should move more. Through Stepathlon—“a pedometer-based, mass participation event”—co-founder and CEO Ravi Krishnan has motivated many people to do just that, and in a monumental way. With the implementation of a 100-day race, he has helped more than 68,000 corporate employees from 64 countries to become more active. Recently, researchers wanted to know exactly how effective this program has been.

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The Best Way to Market to Baby Boomers and Beyond

Marketing to older adults: Finding the Right message

By Colin Milner

To connect with Baby Boomers and their elders, you have to target their interests and abandon stereotypes.

By 2017, one out of every two adults in the United States will be 50 or older (Nielsen 2012a).
Let’s take a moment to absorb what this means to you and your business.
By next year, half of your potential customers will be 50 or older. That’s a very large number. Are half of your current customers in that age group? Gaze at the people on your exercise floor.

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Worldwide Diabetes Levels See Huge Increase

Unless something changes fast, the world can expect to face a steep rise in diabetes rates, says a new report. The study, published in The Lancet (2016; 38 7 [10027], 1513–30), found that the number of people with diabetes (note: the study did not differentiate between type 1 and type 2) jumped from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014. That’s an increase nearly equal to the entire population of the United States.

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Scientists Contest Physical Activity Guidelines

For the average person, at least 150 minutes of moderate-to vigorous-intensity activity each week is the general recommendation. For many, that goal seems overwhelming. But fortunately, taking an all-or-nothing approach is not necessary. Scientists from the Cardiovascular Physiology and Rehabilitation Laboratory, at the University of British Columbia, believe that far less weekly exercise offers health benefits.

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Tech Disruption and the Fitness Industry

If you’ve ever binge-watched House of Cards on Netflix, booked accommodation through Airbnb, caught a ride with Uber or tuned in to a Spotify playlist, you’ve experienced how technology disruption can bring convenience and enjoyment to the customer experience—and usually at a cost-savings!

In the business world, disruption refers to significant changes occurring within an industry, often at a fast pace—changes that shake up the status quo, disturbing accepted ways of thinking and doing business.

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Tai Chi and Heart Health

Recent research offers more good news on the benefits of the most popular form of group exercise in the world—traditional Chinese exercises. These include tai chi and qigong, mind-body exercises that focus on posture, coordination of breath with movement, and meditation.

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Body Shape Predicts Heart Disease Risk

Your wise grandma may have told you never to judge a book by its cover, but when it comes to heart disease, you should rethink that advice. According to research from Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute and Johns Hopkins University, a person’s body shape may be a better predictor of future heart disease than either body weight or body mass index.

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The People Behind the Champions

It was June 1996. Two-time national track-and-field champion Ashley Selman, MA, CSCS, was looking to fulfill a longtime dream by qualifying for the javelin event in the Olympic Summer Games, to be held in Atlanta in a few weeks. Making the cut for the world’s leading international sports competition wasn’t an unrealistic goal.

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Muscle Minimizes Heart Disease Complications

A lean body composition has been linked with many health benefits. Now there’s more reason to pack on some extra muscle. Researchers recently discovered that patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD) who had higher levels of muscle mass and lower levels of fat mass had lower rates of mortality than other CVD patients who did not share these characteristics.

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Set Your Career on Fire!

If you’ve ever felt stuck, frustrated or dubious about whether personal training was the right career choice, you’ve got good company. Imagine you could go back in time and counsel your younger self on the nuances of personal training. What would you say? What have you learned, and how have you applied it?

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2016 IDEA World Fitness Award Finalists

Whether they’re operating in the limelight or behind the scenes, fitness professionals share a similar goal—to help people get healthier and more fit. Some professionals design programs, some manage them, some implement them—and some do all three. The nine 2016 IDEA World Fitness Award finalists have hundreds of years’ experience among them, which translates into millions of lives changed by their deeds and efforts. In serving diverse clients—from moms to military members, from disease survivors to sedentary beginners—these professionals have made fitness their mission.

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Clarifying Key Health and Fitness Terms

Common health and fitness terms may seem interchangeable, but there are differences, which are clarified below:

Chronic disease. Booth, Roberts & Laye (2012) define a chronic disease as an ailment slow in its progress (i.e., decades) and long in its continuance, as opposed to an acute disease, which has a swift onset and short duration.

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