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

    Can We Stop the Clock? The Connection between Aging, Longevity, and Health

    Here is a secret about aging almost no one in mainstream health circles talks about: 

    Aging isn’t unavoidable. You can grow older healthfully. 

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    The Anti-Inflammatory Diet Food Pyramid

    An anti-inflammatory diet is recommended to people to prevent different health issues from arising or as part of a treatment regimen for a range of chronic conditions, from a permeable gut (leaky gut) to chronic back pain.

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    How to Start an Email Newsletter That Your Clients Look Forward to Reading

    Experts estimate that by the year 2023, over 333 billion emails will be sent every day. 

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    7 Easy Tips to Help Your Clients Maintain Their Progress Throughout the Holidays

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year — but it’s also the most difficult time for your clients to stay on track with their health goals. Temptation is everywhere. From sugary treats, holiday cocktails, and the stress of too many commitments, it’s hard to stay focused on good habits and good health during the last few months of the year. However, with some planning and encouragement from you, they will enter the new year feeling better than ever.

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    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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