National Association for Health and Fitness Forum Meeting 2012

by SPARK


I had the pleasure of presenting/attending this gathering in Las Vegas, March 27-30th.  The group meets every other year and partners with ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) which has their own Health and Fitness Summit immediately following.

What a enjoyable and memorable event!  It was really nice to attend a meeting of less than 1,000 (or many more) people for a change.  And to be in the same room with others who are passionate about health and wellness.  Coach Stacey Fowler served as the moderator and her anecdotes were consistently inspirational and stimulating.  Amy Forrest helped with facilitation and ensured the timing was right and schedule ran like a Swiss clock.  President Diane Hart was gracious and welcoming to everyone.  This is quite a team folks!  Also want to mention that activity breaks were integrated into the schedule — walking the talk.

Others that attended and presented ranged from Jim Whitehead who is the Executive V.P. and CEO of ACSM; Tom McMillen, the former college and NBA star, Congressperson, and now serving as Board Chairman for the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (NFFSN — note the fairly new name?) — which supports the President’s Council and the First Lady’s Let’s Move initiative.  Jacqui Epping from CDC got everyone caught up with changes and programs there, and Rich Killingsworth, the Executive Director of the NFFSN gave an outstanding presentation around our shared roles and responsiblities in providing and supporting public health programs.  Others in the group included Phil Haberstro, Shellie Pfohl, Linda Brissenden, Brett Fischer, Jacqui Shumway, Shawna Dosser, Nicole Williams, Edna Munoz – Lash, just to name a few of many superstars.

All in all, a terrific professional growth opportunity that was enjoyable and efficacious.  Congrats and thanks to the hosts!

If you’d like to learn more about the National Association for Health and Fitness:  http://www.physicalfitness.org/

-Paul Rosengard