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Latest Posts By Natalie Digate Muth

Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RD, FAAP is the Senior Advisor for Healthcare Solutions for the American Council on Exercise, a board-certified pediatrician and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a Diplomat of the American Board of Obesity Medicine, registered dietitian and board-certified specialist in sports dietetics, and ACE Certified Health Coach. She is the author of "Eat Your Vegetables and Other Mistakes Parents Make: Redefining How to Raise Healthy Eaters" and the textbook "Sports Nutrition for Health Professionals." She has been ACE certified since 1998.

Thursday, April 30, 2015 in Fitnovatives Blog

The Role of a Health Coach and Behavior Change Specialist

The demand for health coaching and behavior-change coaching has never been greater, with research demonstrating the value of coaching in helping people improve health behaviors and, as a result, quality of life. ACE has developed a general consensus and position on what it means to be a certified health coach versus a specialist in behavior change. Here’s what you need to know about this new and evolving field, and how it can enhance and expand your career as a health and fitness professional.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015 in Fitnovatives Blog

Making the Transition from “Expert”-centered Programs to Client-Centered Programs

As a health and fitness professional, you can maximize client-behavior change through the use of coaching techniques such as open-ended questions and reflective listening to help a client explore his or her own motivations, strengths and benefits from making the change. By doing so, you shift your approach from “expert”-centered programs to client-centered programs, and set the stage for increased client success.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015 in Fitnovatives Blog

5 Steps to Build Behavior Change Principles Into Your Work

Are you tired of spending inordinate amounts of time developing tailored exercise programs only to have a client drop off after a few sessions? You can increase your impact and efficiency by incorporating a few key behavior-change principles into your personal-training program. Here are five ways to help incorporate behavior-change principles into your daily client interactions.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015 in Fitnovatives Blog

How to Guide Clients Toward Behavior Change Using the ACE Cycle of Change

Anyone who has tried to help people make a behavioral change knows how difficult it can be, and not everyone is ready to make the changes we think they need to make to improve their health. Learn how to use the ACE Cycle of Change to help you tailor behavior-change interventions to your client’s readiness to change.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

Closing the Gap in Childhood Obesity Forum: A Recap and Call to Action

A large group of individuals and organizations committed to reducing the incidence of childhood obesity recently came together to discuss solutions, particularly for low-income and minority communities where childhood obesity rates are at their highest. ACE’s Dr. Natalie Digate Muth attended this forum and believes that ACE’s network of more than 50,000 ACE Certified Professionals is primed to play a major role in helping to build a healthy environment that reduces the incidence of childhood obe

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Monday, February 3, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

Study: Are Overweight Children and Teens Destined to Become Overweight Adults?

New research suggests that a child who is overweight by the age of five is highly likely to grow up to be an overweight teenager and adult. Pediatrician and obesity expert Dr. Natalie Digate Muth explains the implications of this new study and offers practical, proven tips for parents who want to help their children eat more healthfully and potentially avoid a lifetime of weight issues.

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Monday, November 11, 2013 in Fitnovatives Blog

The Inaugural Obesity Week: What Does It Mean for You?

This week, Dr. Natalie Digate Muth, ACE’s Senior Health Strategist, is attending the inaugural Obesity Week, an event focused on identifying solutions to reversing the national obesity epidemic. In this blog, she explains what this event means to fitness professionals and how you can get involved in improving the health of your communities.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012 in Fitnovatives Blog

Fitness Professionals and the Fight against Obesity

Millions of Americans struggle with their weight every day, and the old adage of “eat less, move more” isn’t solving anything. Find out what ACE Senior Consultant Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RD, has to say about how fitness professionals can help and the role they should serve in our battle to eliminate the obesity epidemic.

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Friday, December 16, 2011 in Fitnovatives Blog

Medicare Physician Reimbursement for Obesity Opens Doors for Fitness Professionals

Fitness professionals interested in intensifying efforts to combat the obesity epidemic just got a major boost from the federal government. Since primary care physicians will now be reimbursed for obesity counseling they provide to Medicare recipients, more physicians will be looking to fitness professionals. Get tips on how to grow your business by maximizing on this opportunity to strengthen relationships with physicians.

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Friday, October 14, 2011 in Fitnovatives Blog

Marathon Training: Preventing Tragedy with Attention to Hydration

Last weekend, William Caviness, a 35-year-old North Carolina man collapsed 500 yards from the finish line at the Chicago Marathon and was pronounced death soon after. Serious attention to hydration on race day can prevent a tragic outcome on what is supposed to be a celebration of a commitment to physical activity and a remarkable feat of mental toughness.

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