What I loved most about getting certified with AFPA is that it really opened the opportunities for my long career, and it gave me direction."
AFPA, American Fitness Professionals Association, began in 1994, when co-founders Dr. Mark J. Occhipinti and Ms. Amy Campbell, M.S. joined forces to create one organization that would inspire and grow a network of fitness and health professionals with the highest quality and level of skill sets and expertise enabling them to transform the lives of millions through progressive nutrition and training concepts. With over 30 years teaching others in health, they knew they could make a dramatic difference in the way information was taught to health, fitness and nutrition professionals.
After discovering numerous outdated, debunked scientific research, Dr. Occhipinti and Ms. Campbell knew they had to step in. This created the initial vision behind AFPA to provide cutting-edge, high-quality, scientifically-backed, and readily accessible education opportunities to both fitness and health professionals as well as enthusiasts looking to start a new career.
“Wellness is now a $3.72 trillion industry – with double-digit annual growth - making it one of the world’s fastest-growing, most resilient markets. The growth trajectory of the wellness industry appears unstoppable.”
The Global Wellness Institute
Mark J. Occhipinti, PhD, ND
Co-Founder // CEO, President
Amy L. Occhipinti, M.S.
Co-Founder // Director of Operations
Rebecca Binford, B.S.
Director of Marketing
We understand how fast-paced the health and wellness field can be. That’s why we prioritize continual updates in each and every one of our programs. With leading professionals in almost every subset of health, fitness, and nutrition, our education material is consistently up-to-date with the most recent scientific research in each respective field.
Some of our contributing colleagues include:
Joel Fuhrman, M.D.
Board-Certified family physician who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional methods, six-time New York Times best-selling author, and the president of the Nutritional Research Foundation
Michael Greger, M.D.
Physician, New York Times bestselling author, founder of NutritionFacts.org, internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues and founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine
Matthew Lederman, M.D.
Board-certified Internal Medicine physician specializing in nutrition and lifestyle medicine, and co-author of New York Times bestseller, The Forks Over Knives Plan and Keep It Simple, Keep It Whole
Alona Pulde, M.D.
Board-certified practitioner of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Family Medicine Physician specializing in nutrition and lifestyle medicine, and co-author of the New York Times bestseller, The Forks Over Knives Plan and Keep It Simple, Keep It Whole
Heather Fink, MS, RD, CSSD
Registered Dietitian and Board Certified as a specialist in Sports Dietetics, Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics, Master of Science degree in Kinesiology, and certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Health/Fitness Specialist
Herbalist and plant spirit medicine healer, writer and teacher, and author of Holistic Anatomy (2010), The Domestic Alchemist (2015) and Deeply Holistic – A Guide to Intuitive Self-Care (2018)
I looked at a lot of certifications out there. You name it, I’ve looked at it, but AFPA stood out to me. They’re out-of-the-box thinkers and so am I. The certification process was fairly easy, it was very effective, and fun to learn."
The way my life has changed after getting the certification is like a complete 180, honestly. I definitely could not have counseled people the way I do now without AFPA. I was surprised the most when I just realized really how much I was learning. I knew I was going to learn a lot, and that there were so many different curriculum topics, but at the end of it, I learned even so much more than I expected."
The price of the certification and the length of time required is really achievable. It was very easy to digest and I like the way the certificatications are modular, so I was able to build on my first certification."
The certification program changed everything in my overall life. It changed how I ate, my health, and how I help other people. It also changed my career in the health space. I liked that the information presented had studies and actually showed you the research as it was teaching you things."
Working with an accredited organization like AFPA has been really beneficial for me. It gives me a leg up on my colleagues because they might know a lot about nutrition, but don’t have the certification behind that. When you’re actually certified, it opens up a lot of doors and opportunities. Once I became certified with AFPA, I was pretty much immediately hired, which helped me get my name out there."
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