Over the past 50 years the rates of obesity have been steadily climbing. Along with obesity come the risk factors for a myriad of comorbidities, including diabetes and heart disease. A recent study suggested that people with obesity, which is defined has having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, may have a least a 20 percent greater rate of dying from most diseases (Borrell, 2014). Those affected not only experience greater risks to their physical health, but also their emotional well-being and overall quality of life. The American Council on Exercise is committed to addressing the obesity epidemic through education enrichment programs that support the health and fitness professional, while positioning their practice to best serve this population.
ACE provides a number of continuing education opportunities. The ACE Weight Management Specialist program focuses on the multifactorial challenges that surround weight management. It offers health and fitness professionals the latest information, communication strategies, and techniques to best meet the needs of individuals who struggle with overweight and obesity. This program holds several key benefits for health and fitness professionals who seek to advance their skills.
1. Enhance Your Ability to Reach and Empower Clients
By raising awareness regarding the weight-related issues that impact our client’s physical and emotional health, you become better equipped to work effectively together while creating a more comfortable and welcoming environment. The client becomes a partner engaged in a collaborative effort, which increases their investment in the process.
2. Share a Common Vision With the Medical Community
Reducing obesity is a universal goal among health professionals. Aligning our business to this focus helps us form positive interdisciplinary relationships, while strengthening our clients’ treatment networks.
3. Increase Rapport With Empathy and Understanding
When clients feel you understand their individual needs, rapport begins to build. While communication strategies can help to advance goals you and your clients set forth together, this level of trust is critical for client engagement and overall program outcomes.
These are just a few of the benefits of this certification. Investing in education increases your value to the individuals you serve and, ultimately, your business. For more information on becoming an ACE Weight Management Specialist, visit the website or call the ACE customer support team at 888-825-3636.