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Hit the Books

After a beautiful three-day weekend (the staff was lucky enough to celebrate President‘s Day away from the office and Mother Nature was gracious enough to give us sunshine and 55 degree weather), I‘m back to working diligently on my articles for the March issue. Besides writing a feature on the upcoming NIRSA show in Minneapolis, I‘m also researching a piece on four-year fitness degrees. More specifically, degrees that cover more than just exercise science and focus on business and how to work with different kinds of people with different kinds of health issues.

I know that there has been a lot of discussion and conflict over the way this industry is headed in terms of accreditation, certification and national boards. And, no matter how it eventually plays out, it seems that more education can never be bad, right? Especially if that education helps fitness professionals garner respect from the public and the medical community. Not to mention, help us to do our jobs better.

I recently interviewed Jasmine Jafferali, fitness and wellness manager at the East Bank Club in Chicago. When discussing this, she quoted Thomas Edison circa 1902.

"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease."

Jafferali said that Edison was onto something over 100 years ago, and I think she‘s right. --Jennipher

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