AFPA Graduate of the Month: Alyssa Sparks, Holistic Nutritionist

    During the last 26 years, we’ve certified over 119,000 health, nutrition, and fitness professionals. Each month, we recognize one of our distinguished graduates who use what they have learned to inspire others and make a difference. 

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    Health Impact of Loneliness and Social Isolation and How Health and Wellness Coaches Can Help

    Between 50% and 80% of adolescents and adults report feeling lonely. Loneliness, isolation, and lack of human connection are associated with low health-related quality of life. At the foot of the COVID-19 pandemic and the stay-at-home and social distancing orders, health advocates warn that social isolation and loneliness in certain populations may even be the next public health crisis. 

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    5 Proven Techniques to Speed Up Your Client’s Recovery Time

    If your client is looking to build muscle faster (naturally, of course), the first thing you’d do is increase their training volume since it’s the key driver to hypertrophy.

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    Good Bugs: How Gut Bacteria Impact our Brain and Mental Health

    Often, we think of bacteria as the culprits of infections and illnesses - something to eliminate from our environment. 

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    Thinking of Becoming a Full-Time Fitness or Nutrition Coach? Here’s What You Need to Know

    From the outside, personal training and nutrition coaching often look like “The Most Rewarding Career”—both in terms of impact and financial returns.

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    Influence of Stress on the Immune System and Autoimmune Disease

    Physical and psychological stress are natural experiences in all beings with complex neurological systems. On a biological level, the function of stress is to help us to respond and adapt to a changing environment to increase our chances of surviving and thriving. 

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    Have a Client Struggling with Poor Posture? Here’s How to Fix It

    When you meet a new client, one of the first things you should look out for is their ability to maintain proper posture.

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    4 Ways to Measure Your Client’s Exercise Intensity

    There’s an art to managing your client’s exercise intensity.

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    Healthy Fall Foods to Include in Your Client’s Meal Plan

    As warm weather, summer cookouts, and spontaneous beach trips make way for the cool breeze, amber-red fallen leaves, and the irresistible smell of pumpkin spice lattes … there's no denying our transition into the most charming season of the year: fall.

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    Important Things to Remember When Working with Clients Who Have Autoimmune Disease

    Every diagnosis brings on unique challenges. As an individual becomes aware of symptoms affecting their wellbeing, navigates the health system, receives a diagnosis, and then learns to manage the disease, the way they see their body and interact with their environment may change significantly.

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