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Mark Occhipinti, Ph.D.

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Nutritionist Education: The Different Paths to Becoming a Nutritionist

By Mark Occhipinti, Ph.D. | Jan 18, 2018 9:00 AM

If nutrition is your passion, it makes sense that you’d want to turn it into a profession—either as a full-time career or a part-time pursuit. But there isn’t one distinct path to earning the necessary education. Instead, you have several options to consider in terms of education, and what you choose will be based on factors like schedule flexibility, affordability, preferred focus areas, and timeframe.

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Here's What the Best Nutrition Certification Programs Have in Common

By Mark Occhipinti, Ph.D. | Dec 20, 2017 9:00 AM

When it comes to nutrition education, there are a number of programs that can promise enough breadth and depth to launch you into a career as a nutrition professional. But not all programs are equal—some have distinctive attributes that set them apart. Consider these top qualities as you’re comparing programs and deciding which to choose:

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Thinking About Becoming a Personal Trainer? Read This First

By Mark Occhipinti, Ph.D. | Sep 27, 2017 8:00 AM

When Idaho resident Katie Hug reached 270 pounds, becoming a personal trainer wasn’t on her mind.

She was taking a long list of medications. She felt tired and hungry most of the time. And in between chasing three little kids around, she ate...a lot. It was her way of dealing with anxiety, stress, and depression.

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How to Make a Successful Career Change Into Health & Wellness

By Mark Occhipinti, Ph.D. | Sep 20, 2017 8:00 AM

Do you wake up feeling refreshed and energized because you can’t wait to start your work for the day? Are you constantly amazed by how committed, passionate, and motivated you feel, thanks to your career choice? If these feelings seem like they only happen to other people, you might be ready for a career shift.

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Shoulder Injuries: Pain, Diagnosis & Exercise Rehabilitation

By Mark Occhipinti, Ph.D. | Jan 10, 2017 8:00 AM

Over 1 million shoulder injuries are reported each year and occur primarily in a gym setting. Learn how you can prevent shoulder injuries from happening to you:

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3 Ways to Give Nutritional Advice Legally

By Mark Occhipinti, Ph.D. | Aug 10, 2016 8:00 AM

Numerous bloggers and food writers dispense nutritional advice with ease, and some don't even cite any particular studies or research, they just seem to be coming up with these "insights" on their own. But for those who want to offer nutritional advice on a more professional basis, it's crucial to understand that advice must be delivered in a way that's credible, correct, and legal.

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3 Reasons Why Your Drinking Water Should Be High Quality H20

By Mark Occhipinti, Ph.D. | Jun 22, 2016 12:40 PM

The human body is composed of approximately 60 percent water. In 1921 the recommendation of drinking 8 cups of water per day was based on a researcher who measured his water intake to his urine output as well as the color of his urine.  This became the recommendation for decades and a wise recommendation from grandma as well.

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What's In Your Weight Loss Shake?

By Mark Occhipinti, Ph.D. | May 19, 2016 10:48 AM


Television is full of commercials of celebrities and retired professional athletes that promote weight loss shakes and weight loss programs to “Crush Your CravingsTM”. The list of ingredients for these products reads like a who’s who of what not to put into your body.  

If your goal is to drop bodyweight it is important to recognize that your actual goal should be weight lost in terms of “fat weight”, not just water weight and lean body mass.  I am all for losing that extra “10 pound dumbbell” someone is carrying around, and for having a smaller waist circumference, as it carries with it many health benefits.

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Personal Trainer Jobs: Self-Employed vs. Working at a Fitness Facility

By Mark Occhipinti, Ph.D. | Apr 8, 2014 5:42 PM

To be self-employed and have your own Personal Trainer business, or work at a fitness facility? That is a question many Personal Trainers ask themselves.

Once an individual has obtained the desired education and earned the intended degree and/or certification for personal training, the next step is to decide

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The Health of Our Nation

By Mark Occhipinti, Ph.D. | Mar 19, 2014 2:11 PM

The Health of Our Nation

Do American’s embrace the fact that we are responsible for our own health, or do we as consumers continue to feign the obvious that is at the end of our fork? Ignorance regarding what we eat, how we live, what and whom we believe [government, media,

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