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Improving Health in the Heartland

September 30, 2004

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.

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Real-Life Programs for Real People

August 31, 2004

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.

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de-stress in nature

August 31, 2004

Do you ever find yourself promoting wellness but not feeling all that well yourself? Do you sometimes feel you’re trapped in a concrete jungle? Do you need a change of scenery—and attitude? It’s time to step outside and revel in the wonders of nature.

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Career Metamorphosis

June 30, 2004

You pride yourself on your dedication to helping clients maximize their health and fitness; but to continue helping clients, you need to stay engaged and enthusiastic about your work. How do you do this? Many people manage to stay fresh through change.
Is it time for you to make a radical or more subtle change in your career? Look at how other fitness professionals have shifted their careers: why they’ve changed, what they are doing now and how it’s benefited them.

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Trends in Corporate Fitness

May 31, 2004

In the
mid-1990s, corporate
fitness was on a roll. With a strong economy, companies were competing to hire and keep
the best
employees. Corporate fitness programs were considered
a valuable perk to
retain these employees.> Fastforward to 2004. Has the once sunny forecast for corporate fitness held steady? Or have economic storms brought it crashing down? Is it currently a viable career option for fitness professionals? Here’s a look at the status of this niche, including top trends in group fitness, personal training and wellness programs.

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planning your ideal vacation

May 31, 2004

As a fitness professional, you dedicate your career to helping other people take care of their health and wellness needs. Are you taking care of your own needs? Are you getting the vacation time you need?
Vacations can reinvigorate and renew you so that you feel better in your professional and personal life. They work best, however, when they answer a specific need. This article will help you pinpoint the kind of vacation that will best feed your mind, body and spirit.

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Baby Boomers Not Being Heart-Smart

April 30, 2004

According to “Boomer Coalition Reality Check: When Boomer Optimism Becomes Denial,” a new survey conducted by RoperASW on behalf of the Boomer Coalition and the American Heart Association, Baby Boomers in the United States are very aware of cardiovascular disease. Unfortunately this knowledge is not spurring them to take action to combat the disease. For example:
Only 47% of survey respondents eat a
healthy diet each day.

Only 55% exercise more than three
times each week.

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Multivitamins Help Heart Health

January 31, 2004

Do you want to provide your clients with every possible tool for preventing cardiovascular disease? You might point them to research showing that a multivitamin may help.
A study published in The American Journal of Medicine in December 2003 (vol. 115, pp. 702-7) found that C-reactive protein (CRP), an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease, can be reduced by simply taking a multivitamin. The study, led by Timothy Church, MD, MPH, PhD, of The Cooper Institute, showed that a group taking a 24-ingredient multivitamin reduced its CRP level by 32 percent.

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ACSM Defines Two New Allied Health Professions

October 31, 2003

Although many personal trainers are well educated and provide clients with safe, effective training, the same cannot be said for all trainers. You may even work with some clients who are “recovering” from sessions with an incompetent or unsafe trainer.

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Created Equally? Not Creatine Products

October 31, 2003

Are any of your clients interested in supplementing with creatine? Then they should know about the new testing done by ConsumerLab.com, an independent evaluator of products that affect health and nutrition. The tests found problems with the majority of creatine products sold in liquid, effervescent and chewable forms. No problems were found in the standard powder products.

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Revising Dietary Guidelines, Food Pyramid

October 31, 2003

You may have found that the Food Guide Pyramid serves as a handy tool to explain the basics of healthy eating to your clients. But note that the times are “a’changin’” and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is going along with the times by revamping the guidelines on which the pyramid is based, to make sure they reflect the latest scientific and medical knowledge. Currently in the revision process, the new guidelines are slated to be published in winter 2005.

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