March 12-15, 2020 • Hilton Atlanta • Atlanta, Georgia
American College of Sports Medicine

Health Behavior Change & Motivation

Helping individuals adopt and maintain healthy behaviors is an essential skill for health fitness practitioners. Sessions focus on strategies and techniques based on the latest research in psychology and behavior change. Topics include adoption and maintenance of health behaviors, motivation, communication and goal setting.

Hot Topic Panel: Activity Trackers: Should they Stay or Should they Go? A Point/Counterpoint Discussion   


 Renee Rogers


 Stephanie Coooper


 Ted Vickey

Exercise professionals often recommend fitness trackers to promote physical activity. But, do we really know if they are effective and motivational or are they discouraging and addictive? Attend this session to hear experts discuss and debate the pros and cons of activity trackers.

Exercise and Mental Health: Are Activity Trackers Helpful or Harmful?


 Stephanie Cooper

This session will provide an overview of the mental health benefits of exercise, as well as, the impact of activity trackers on psychological wellbeing and exercise adherence. This thought-provoking discussion will encourage practitioners and researchers to contemplate ways in which activity trackers may facilitate and/or hinder the psychological benefits of exercise.

Making it Personal: How to use Personality to Prescribe Exercise

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 Annmarie Chizewski

I, Annmarie Chizewski, will discuss physical activity/exercise behavior/adherence and why many individuals start an exercise program but fail to continue. How personality plays a role in physical activity/exercise behavior. How using preference for and tolerance of exercise intensity may increase physical activity/exercise adherence.

Mini-Workshop: Turn Down for What? Optimizing Music Use during Exercise


Jasmin Hutchinson

Music can enhance the exercise experience in a number of ways. The benefits of music listening during exercise include more positive mood, reduced discomfort/fatigue, enhanced performance, faster recovery, and increased adherence. This session will offer a brief overview of empirical evidence supporting the positive effects of music during exercise, followed by practical tips and recommendations for leveraging the power of music and constructing optimal playlists to maximize exercise performance and participation.

Workshop: Tiny Habits® Workshop


 Linda Fogg-Phillips

Learn from leading experts about how behavior change really works. By attending this exclusive Tiny Habits® workshop, you will gain skills you can use immediately in your work to create habits that are effective and sustainable..All workshop attendees will walk away with practical skills, including:How to explain the three components of human behavior in two minutes.How to apply the Tiny Habits Method and design your own Tiny Habits recipes.How to create feelings of success that will lead to transformations in how people live every day.Upon completion of the workshop, you will have fulfilled half of the class time required to obtain your Certification in the Tiny Habits Method.While Tiny Habits Certification after the workshop is optional, when you complete your Certification, you will learn how to use the Tiny Habits method in your practice to help your clients achieve the success in habit formation and behavior change that has eluded them for so long.

Workshop: Game on!


Aimee Nicotera

Incorporating play and games into your group fitness classes can add excitement and fun, as well as foster a positive perception of exercise with all ages and fitness levels!  Learn how to effectively manage and organize groups, small and large, in order to add fitness focused play into your group programming.  You will walk away with 20+ ideas ready to try tomorrow!

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