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Obesity is a major driver of preventable chronic disease and health care costs. Indeed, more than 200 chronic health conditions are directly connected to excess weight. The prevalence of adults living with obesity in the United States has increased from 15% in 1980 to more than 42% today, a jump of more than 200%. At present, 2 out of 3 adults carry excess weight and as many as 1 out of 5 adolescents do as well.

Obesity is a complex, life-long disease that makes effective treatment a perplexing challenge. The main causes of obesity involve a combination of factors: environment, genetics, medications, psychological inputs, diseases, hormones, bacteria, and lifestyle choices. These different components commonly work together to cause the disease of obesity, and as a result, no single treatment is effective across the population.

It’s time for those fitness and health coach professionals who are seeking robust career advancement to fully recognize the vast opportunities available in bariatric medicine, and to grasp the need for collaborative efforts for more effective obesity care…and to destigmatize the disease.

In medicine, the traditionally accepted designation of professionalism is “board certification.” For fitness professionals and health coaches to emerge on the continuum of healthcare, this specialty course in bariatric surgery aftercare will propel your knowledge and ability to provide excellent care to those with obesity, particularly those more than nearly 260,000 patients who’ve turned to bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgery is a major event in a patient’s weight-loss, health-seeking journey, a new beginning for many.

Surgery with good aftercare and appropriate evidence-based lifestyle changes provides excellent long-term results for health and weight. Many studies show that we are all more likely to engage in better habits when we know that someone will be supportively checking in with us. For this reason, most bariatric surgery programs plan for long-term follow-up visits with a surgeon, physician assistant or nurse practitioner, dietitian, mental health professional, exercise specialist, health coach or a medical weight-loss specialist.

We’ll describe bariatric surgery and compassion-based communication and cognitive-behavioral methods necessary for exercise and fit-health pros to develop an essential role in bariatric surgery aftercare programming, and/or create new program offerings for bariatric surgery centers. Business boosting methods including the use of telehealth and how to best collaborate with physicians will be highlighted as well. Armed with this certification, you will be differentiated and emerge as a leader in this relatively new field.

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Fitness professionals are an integral extension of Phase III-IV cardiac rehab programs. We coach the client to move and perform better in their game of life, beyond their cardiac history, co-morbidities and risk factors. People don’t live to be safe and healthy; they live safer and healthier to live life to the fullest.

Our coaching transfers to real life outside the gym, and that’s why people seek out our services. So for those with a cardiac history, our goal is to fortify their body, mind and spirit, so that they CAN live, labor, work, caregive, play and compete with confidence, competence and automaticity in their environments of choice. We bolster their buffer, boosting their protective factors, while adding purpose to living life and enhancing all aspects of well-being.

Pat VanGalen will help you fine-tune your coaching skills, due diligence practices, intake info, screening/assessments and programming systems to optimize living life for this client. You’ll better understand the latest wearables in monitoring and tracking, along with networking and communicating with medical professionals.

Beyond FITT and Rx, case studies addressing common cardiac conditions, meds and co-morbidities will be presented, along with Pat’s 7 S’s approach to building resilience, durability and robustness for the long haul. 

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Did you know…
  • …that exercise creates new brain cells and new brain neural pathways for better brain function through the growth hormone BDNF.
  • …that a “bigger belly” (increased abdominal fat) leads to a shrinking brain size.
  • …that movement and exercise increases learning capabilities throughout the lifetime.
The Cognitive Fitness Specialist online course will be a powerful component and “tool” for every fitness professional.

Fitness professionals are the “experts” implementing effective and goal orientated exercise programs. The brain plays a major role and affects the body’s movement capabilities. Cognitive Fitness Specialists will enhance their client training capabilities and outcomes by understanding the concepts of cognition fitness.

There is an evolution in understanding the work of the heart and entire cardiovascular system for fitness professionals. We have gone from patients lying still following a cardiac event to movement- rehabilitation where some patients eventually have run marathons! We are in the process of learning and understanding how the “brain- body connection” enhances physical and academic performances.

Fitness professionals understand the many medicinal benefits of exercise. These “landmark” beneficial effects (such as increased aerobic and muscular skeletal fitness) are the foundation for your program along with enhancing athletic type performances. The brain-body connections play a major role in achieving these medicinal benefits.

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Every 21 seconds someone in the US is diagnosed with diabetes with 90-95% of those cases being Type 2. Diabetes has a profound impact on our healthcare system and can lead to comorbidities such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, nerve damage, and more.

The good news: doctors recommend diet and exercise as interventions to help those with Type 2 Diabetes (T2D).  Though they provide nutritional guidance via certified diabetes educators and registered dieticians that study T2D and diet as interventions, there is little support on what and how to exercise and beyond 30 mins or daily walking or exercise.

This course is designed to help fitness healthcare professionals better understand the science, research, applications, and integrations of different types of exercise and how they support clients and patients with T2D. The course will also address behavior change support to provide strategies to confidently and comfortably integrate exercise into daily and weekly practice.

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Substance Use Disorder affects a huge number of individuals. Lipari & Vanhorn (2014) reported that 20.2 million Americans were diagnosed with a substance use disorder in 2014, with 16.3 million being classified as an alcohol use disorder and the remaining 6.2 million being classified as using illicit drugs.

Similarly, Wang et al. (2014) demonstrated that exercise therapy can help these patients a great deal from improving long-term neurological outcomes to relapse prevention.

However, there are many physiological and psychological considerations with regards to designing and implementing exercise programs for this population.  It is critical that the fitness professional have a strong understanding of these considerations and have the skills to work with this population successfully.

During this course, you will hear from medical professionals, experienced trainers, and the patients themselves as they share important information to help arm the fitness professional with the knowledge and tools necessary to build a successful training practice specializing in Drug and Alcohol Recovery.

This engaging course is a story told from the lens of those who have experienced the aspects of recovery firsthand and will give the learner a deep understanding of the important role they play as part of a recovered individual’s support network.

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This course is designed to provide medical and fitness professionals the knowledge needed to safely and effectively design and implement exercise programs for eating disordered individuals.

Gain an in-depth understanding of various types, symptoms, and causes of disordered eating, as well as how it affects the basic functions and health and wellness of both the human body and mind. Examine how to safely introduce fitness programs that will improve overall health and wellness for your clients.

Understanding the types, symptoms, causes, and possible treatment methods, as well as the mental health components of eating disorders, is paramount when working with this population.

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The aging of America is birthing new opportunities for medical fitness professionals. Today, and every single day for the next decade, 10,000 baby boomers will reach the age of 65. This generation is made up of roughly 73 million people who control more than two-thirds of the disposable income in the United States.

These mature adults strongly value their independence to continue living the active lifestyle they love. They are determined to live longer, stronger, happier and healthier lives than their parents. It’s estimated that 80% of the older population has one chronic disease and 77% have two or more. Diabetes, hypertension and complications from falls lead the list of health concerns.

This means millions of people aged 65 and up are looking for guidance from fitness professionals who are knowledgeable in exercise, nutrition and lifestyle principles that can help them improve functional mobility while also preventing and managing chronic conditions to live their highest quality of life.

This online course will give you insights, strategies and tools to be a successful health professional in this rapidly growing market. Learn how to be a valued part of clients’ continuum of care, working with the medical team to improve functional outcomes and positively impact people’s lives.

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Sports related injuries are some of the most common injuries in the United States. They are not limited to one age group, gender or ethnicity. They are seen across the board in high caliber athletes, youth leagues, gym training or the common weekend warrior. Some of these injuries are self-limiting and will heal with time, PT and RICE protocols. However some will need surgical intervention in the form of Arthroscopy of the Knee, Shoulder, & Hip. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS), Arthroscopies are some of the most commonly performed procedures in the United States.

This course is designed to provide the participant with a thorough understanding of sports injuries and recovery post-surgical arthroscopy with considerations in training this population. The medical fitness professional with have a strong and confident understanding and ability to continue the client’s rehabilitation while meeting the client’s heath goals. This course will also provide valuable insight and tools to further their business and marketing goals.

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A stroke is a life-altering occurrence that can profoundly affect activities of daily life to greatly varying degrees. However, after the hospital and rehab is done, there is still so much that can improve, with the right guidance.

Stroke Recovery Fitness Specialists can uniquely position themselves to help stroke survivors regain function as well as improve their fitness. This course will provide the education to do just that! The course provides the fitness professional tools needed to assure survivors, their families, and other medical professionals that they are qualified to provide effective and safe continuing training and care.

Students will gain a basic understanding of stokes and the neurology of movement, balance, and pain. With this basis in neurology, participants will learn neuro-centric assessments and exercises to utilize the governing system of the body, the nervous system, to improve client outcomes. Students will also learn how to describe and market their newfound skills to clients and referral sources so they can hit the ground running.

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The Fitness Industry is ever-evolving with programs to meet the needs of adults, but what about our younger population? There is a lack of versatile exercise programming to meet the developmental changes and needs of youth and adolescent clients.

This course is exploration of adolescent psychological and anatomical development to inform proper and sustainable exercise and nutritional programming measures for the younger population. Learn basic guidelines for adolescent nutrition and exercise parameters to encourage healthy wellness behaviors and decrease vulnerability to chronic diseases. This course presents opportunities for developing professional fitness and nutritional programming to meet the needs of the adolescent clientele.