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Educating Personal Trainers on the Medical Benefits of Nutrition

by Anne Bell | Mar 12, 2013

For immediate release
March 12, 2013

 

Educating Personal Trainers on the Medical Benefits of Nutrition

ACSM Experts Offer Latest on Helping Clients Achieve Success

LAS VEGAS – Personal trainers and instructors have always been the go-to source for the latest on exercise and fitness expertise. Now, because of their relationships with clients and students, they are being thrust into the role of food expert, as well. A pre-conference workshop ahead of the American College of Sports Medicine’s 17th annual Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition features four key lectures designed to provide fitness experts with current information about food, nutrients and eating behaviors that have physiological consequences, medical benefits and positive cellular function alterations.

Kristine Clark, Ph.D., R.D., FACSM, an assistant professor of nutritional sciences and director of sports nutrition at Penn State University, chairs the six-hour workshop, “Nutrition as Medicine: Food, Disease Risk, and the Advice YOU Need to Give Your Clients.”

“Although many trainers are not nutrition professionals, they are on the front lines and are often asked about nutrition,” said Dr. Clark. “They need current information about food, nutrients and eating behaviors as they relate to physiological benefits.”

Clark and her colleagues stressed the need for fitness professionals to feel comfortable providing basic nutrition information and purposeful guidance. The information they can share could be the advice that really makes a difference in a client’s health and wellness.

Understanding how foods and nutrients differ metabolically can help fitness professionals and their clients manage medical challenges with ease,” added Clark. “Food choices are controllable, and knowing which foods provide the most health benefit for your client is where science and practice converge.”

The workshop sessions feature the latest in functional foods and how they influence heart and gut health, immune function, obesity risk, cancer and weight loss. The presenters have experience in research and practice and are abreast of the struggles patients and clients experience when it comes to food and exercise behaviors.

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ACSM’s Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition runs through March 15 in Las Vegas. For more information or to arrange an interview, contact 702-946-2042 Annie Spencer at aspencer@acsm.org or Lauren Johnson at ljohnson@acsm.org.

The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 50,000 international, national and regional members and certified professionals are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. NOTE: Information presented at the Summit represents the professional opinions of the presenters and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the American College of Sports Medicine.

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