Health fitness professionals, health care practitioners, and students are gathered this week at ACSM's 20th annual Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition - taking place March 29-April 1 in Orlando. Follow all the action online by looking for the hashtag #ACSMSummit16, or learn more about educational & career opportunities at acsmsummit.org.
Dr. Elizabeth Joy, ACSM's president-elect, kicked off Thursday at the ACSM Health & Fitness Summit, delivering the Larry Golding Exercise is Medicine keynote address. Kathryn Schmitz from the University of Pennsylvania educated attendees on the adverse effects of chemotherapy and radiation and the benefits of exercise in her informative lecture. Carol Murphy's workshop was the place to be for new ideas combining strength and flexibility using an exercise ball, and Peter Ronai gave an interesting lecture for clients and students with low back pain.
One of the more fun (and challenging) lectures was a fitness professionals quiz offered by James Churilla. He handed out personal clickers and as questions popped up on the screen we had the opportunity to anonymously answer health and fitness questions (some I had learned over 20 years ago!) The room was buzzing! I wanted to stay for the entire quiz, but had to prepare for my last yoga session. All of the participants left yoga relaxed and grounded and ready for the last morning of the summit.
This was the last day for the amazing expo and many companies gave away prizes! ACSM gave away a free summit registration for next year, a free night at a hotel and an iPad. The Expo hall was full of excitement and anticipation, a great way to end the 20th Summit. Next year's Summit is in San Diego and I am excited to see what next year brings. See you in San Diego!
Mindy Caplan is an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist, Certified Advanced Yoga Instructor, Certified ACE Fitness Personal Trainer, Advanced Health & Fitness Specialist and Group Fitness Instructor, and has been in the fitness industry for more than 30 years. She currently serves on several ACSM boards.