About National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) has been a global leader in providing evidence-based certifications and advanced credentials to Health and Fitness Professionals since 1987. In addition to its NCCA-accredited fitness Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certification, NASM offers a progressive career track with access to Advanced Specializations, Continuing Education courses, and accredited Bachelor and Master Degree programs. The NASM educational continuum is designed to help today's Health and Fitness Professional enhance their career, while empowering their clients to live healthier lives. Visit www.nasm.org or call 1-800-460.NASM (6276).

Currently there are more than 35 million older adults living in America, which accounts for 12.5 percent of the total population. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that by 2050 more than 70 million people aged 65 or older will live in the United States, or nearly 25 percent of the total population. In response to this growing population with higher risk of injury and illness, the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) now offers a Senior Fitness Specialist (SFS) credential.

"NASM is constantly seeking ways to better prepare the fitness professional to improve lives and motivate consumers. Our evidence-based, online education program will ensure these professionals are better prepared to help aging baby boomers address chronic illness, create strength and flexibility for fall prevention, and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle," said Andrew Wyant, executive vice president and general manager of NASM.

The NASM SFS curriculum was developed with a panel of highly regarded professionals in the fields of both health and nutrition. This scientifically based programming reflects research and teaching expertise from top institutions including A.T. Still University, University of San Francisco, and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

"Older adults desire to remain active and engaged with life and, in order to reach their psychosocial and lifestyle goals, they will need to maintain their fitness and independence, which, in most cases, will require the services of competent, qualified, and skilled professionals," said Jeffrey L. Alexander, PhD., associate professor of Arizona School of Health Sciences at A.T. Still University. "The NASM curriculum and certification helps advance that niche of expertise."

With a comprehensive, 13-module program of courses focused on flexibility, cardiorespiratory and nutrition for older adults, the SFS credential provides the education and training for fitness professionals serving this aging demographic. Unlike similar offerings, the NASM certification provides an interactive, online program at a competitive price so students can take the course and exam at their own pace with resources and support from NASM along the way.

The new NASM SFS course includes an online course, downloadable course manual, quizzes, libraries of exercises and exams. For more information, visit www.nasm.org/seniors.