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

Physical Activity Throughout the Lifespan

Exercise interventions can be tailored to reach healthy populations including children, middle aged and older adults, and pregnant women. Sessions focus on program design, modification, implementation, and assessment to meet the specific goals, needs and abilities of individuals within a target population.

Workshop: Bingocize®: An Evidence-based Health Promotion Program for Improving the Quality of Life of Older Adults


 K Jason Crandall

Bingocize® is an evidence-based health promotion program that strategically combines exercise, health education, and the game of bingo. Investigations funded by the National institute on Aging and the U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid have shown the program is capable of improving functional performance, cognition, and health knowledge in older adults with varying levels of physical and cognitive abilities.  The program is currently implemented in all types of older adult facilities using a mobile app or an offline version. A unique model is available to facilitate partnerships between older adult facilities and university staff and students.

Workshop: Develop Essential Movement Skills for Youth Clients and Athletes


Mike Bracko

Participation in youth sports is increasing and there’s an increase in opportunities for kids to play traditional and non-traditional sports.  Personal training and group classes for kids are hot.    When training young athletes, they need to develop the key movement patterns before progressing to high levels of training. Movements such as acceleration/deceleration, jumping/landing, anti-rotation/core bracing, upper body push/pull, lower body bilateral movements, push-ups, squats, front plank, and back bridge are key to athletic development.  Delegates will practice the movements and the objective evidence will bring it together for a fun and educational work-shop.

Workshop: Monitoring Fitness and Neuromotor Self-tests throughout the Lifespan 


 Carol Kennedy-Armbruster


 Lee Burton

Is it necessary for fitness professionals to administer assessments or can we entrust our clients to perform basic self-tests they can evaluate through the lifespan? Two fitness/health professionals will explore simple screenings for fitness and functional movements in this workshop. The initial goals of health and fitness screenings are to categorize health, fitness, and movement possibilities. These categories can determine significant problems or give a green light to try movements that are more difficult. You will leave with 7-10 basic self-assessments to teach your clients/classes. This information will help you apply principles of fitness/neuromotor capacity over the lifespan.

After School Physical Activity Programs: A Unique New Business Opportunity for Fitness Professionals 1X


Walt Thompson

The No Child Left Behind Act sets high standards for academic performance of America’s public schools. These benchmarks forced school districts to make difficult decisions when academic performance did not meet minimal academic standards. Unfortunately, physical education was left behind. After-School All-Stars (ASAS) is a comprehensive after school program designed specifically for middle school-aged children living in low-income high crime urban environments. The ASAS Project CHEW (Choosing Health Experiencing Wellness) includes a weekly dose of 2.5 hours of structured physical activity demonstrating that physical activity and nutrition classes can co-exist with improved academic performance in middle school aged children.

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