IDEA & ACSM Health & Fitness Summit     February 22-25, 2024 | Hilton Chicago

American College of Sports Medicine

Featured Lectures & Events

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Featured Lectures



Michael Stack 
University of Michigan

Daryn Schwartz

Daryn Schwartz 
The Space Between

Richard Earney

Richard Earney 
Midtown Athletic Club

Laura Cieplik

Laura Cieplik 
Studio Three

The Power of Collaboration: How the Fitness Industry is Strengthened 
Thursday, Feb. 22 | 5:20 - 6:30 p.m.

Collectively making great things happen by working together just as ACSM and IDEA have done for the 2024 Summit. Collaboration is working together to level up, innovate, and strengthen business presence and practices. Listen, learn, and engage with collaborators who have proven fitness business success because of smart and impactful collaboration. 


Ted Vickey, Ph.D. 
Tulane University

The Future of Fitness: A Deep Dive into AI's Dual Impact on the Business of Fitness and the Science of Training 
Friday, Feb. 23 | 8 - 9 a.m.

Join this enlightening session to unravel the transformative potential of AI. Explore its double-barreled impact: empowering fitness businesses with data-driven strategies, while sculpting personalized training regimens. Elevate your fitness enterprise and training prowess in the age of innovation. Seize the opportunity to shape the future of fitness. 

John_Jakicic, PhD

John Jakicic, Ph.D., FACSM 
University of Kansas
Medical Center

Renee_Rodgers, PhD

Renee Rogers, Ph.D., FACSM
University of Kansas
Medical Center

Robert_Kushner, MD

Robert Kushner, M.D. 
Northwestern University

Understanding Contemporary Anti-Obesity Medications and the Role of the Exercise Professional 
Saturday, Feb. 24 | 8 - 9 a.m.

Obesity medicine has been transformed with the introduction and availability of new anti-obesity medications (e.g. Ozempic, Wagovy, Mounjaro) that are highly effective at reducing body weight, adiposity, and related chronic conditions. But what does this mean for the exercise professional and the role of physical activity for weight management? This lecture brings together exercise physiology and weight management experts and a practicing board certified obesity medicine physician to address how physical activity and lifestyle approaches need to adapt to these emerging and popular treatments for obesity. 
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Exhibit Hall Opening Reception  
Thursday, Feb. 22, 6:30-8:30 PM

Darian_Parker, PhD

Darian Parker, Ph.D. 
2023 IDEA Personal
Trainer of the Year

Christine_Conti, MEd

Christine Conti 
2023 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year

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Louise Valentine 
ACSM 2023 Certified Professional of the Year


ACSM 2024 Certified Professional of the Year 
Announced Friday morning!

Learning from Collaboration and Connection: ACSM & IDEA Fit Pro Panel
Friday, Feb. 23 | 5:30 p.m.

Establishing and maintaining meaningful connections and affiliations with credible, professional fitness organizations are critical for career establishment, stability, advancements, and longevity. ACSM and IDEA are proud to highlight the careers of 4 of our engaged fitness professionals and recent award winners during this panel session. Attendees will get to hear about their diverse career paths, their professional learnings, and also get the opportunity to ask the panel their pressing questions. Learn how this power panel gains their competitive advantage and professional experience through active membership and involvement in leading fitness organizations. This session will kick-off our “Connecting, Collaborating, and Creating Community” evening event.

Connecting, Collaborating, and Creating Community: A Career Building Event
Friday, Feb. 23 | 6:30 p.m.

Gather, meet, greet, and connect with local business leaders, exhibitors, and other attendees who could be your next mentor, employer, investor, or partner.
We’ll break the ice, and you make the most of connecting and forming your career network.

Event Partners

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Industry Programming Partners

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