Recent Posts by Mark J. Occhipinti, Ph.D.

    Celebrating 25 Years of AFPA!

    It’s time to celebrate. We’re showing off a brand new look because this year marks our 25th year in business! That’s right. 25 years helping aspiring and leading health professionals grow their careers.

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    How to Nail the Initial Consultation with a New Personal Training Client

    Editor's Note: This post was originally published April 2017 and has recently been updated and revised for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

    You check your watch. It’s almost 9 a.m. You have a prospective client coming to the gym or your personal training studio for an initial consultation. You check your watch again. You play out the initial consultation process in your head and wonder how it’s going to go. Sound familiar?

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    Careers in Nutrition: How to Become a Senior Nutrition Specialist

    Being a senior no longer means spending your golden years in a rocking chair. Kathrine Switzer recently finished the Boston Marathon at age 70. Frederick Winter won a gold medal at the National Senior Games at age 100. And Sam “Sonny” Bryant Jr. is a serious 74-year-old bodybuilder.

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    3 Exercises to Work into Your Clients' Summer Fitness Training Plans

    It’s that time of year when people start spending more time outdoors and want to look good for the beach, vacations, and special events. It’s motivation for a lot of people to revisit those New Year’s goals and get back on track with a health and fitness plan. But it also presents a different set of challenges for trainers. If your clients want to spend more time outdoors than in the gym, how are you going to help them fit exercise into their schedule?

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    A Healthy Outlook: What's Driving the Growing Demand for Nutritionists?

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for nutrition professionals is expected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, which is much faster than average and ahead of numerous other health careers.

    Why the boom? There are a number of factors that come into play, and because these are long-term changes, it means that growth isn’t just a trend. Nutrition represents an opportunity for sustained success, due to aspects like these:

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    How to Start Your Career in Youth Nutrition

    Childhood nutrition has always been important, but in an age of fast food, obesity, malnutrition, and changing disease patterns, it’s more crucial than ever to make sure that kids and teens stay on track with healthy eating.

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    How to Impact Lives with a Holistic Health Coach Certification

    Earning your certification as a holistic nutritionist can be a great opportunity to advance your career in the health and wellness field, but you’ll be doing more than expanding your professional prospects.

    Becoming an advisor in holistic nutrition allows you to impact the lives of your clients in significant ways. Here are just a few that you can expect to see:

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    5 Tips for Passing Your Personal Trainer Certification Exam

    When you have a passion for health and fitness, there’s a good chance you’re the go-to person your social network reaches out to for advice and information about cardio workouts, strength training, healthy eating, injury prevention, and race-prep strategies. Sound familiar?

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    7 Ways A Personal Trainer Certification Can Advance Your Career

    Earning a personal trainer certification has been on your mind, right? But you’re wondering if it’s worth the investment and commitment it takes to learn about things like biomechanics, nutrition, injury prevention, exercise programming, motivation and behavior change, and the business of being a personal trainer.

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    5 Steps to Determine if You Need a Holistic Nutrition Certification

    If you’re already practicing clean eating, or following a Paleo, vegetarian, or whole foods diet, you already know your food choices have a big impact on your health. But not everybody does.

    About 76 percent of adults don’t eat enough fruit, and about 87 percent don’t get the recommended amount of vegetables, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And it’s no secret that poor nutrition often leads to chronic conditions like heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.

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