SOURCE: National Academy of Sports Medicine

July 31, 2008 09:00 ET

Commission on Dietetic Registration Accredits National Academy of Sports Medicine's Certified Personal Trainer (NASM-CPT) Program

Fitness Certification Authority's Signature Course Will Merit 75 Continuing Professional Units for Registered Dietitians

CALABASAS, CA--(Marketwire - July 31, 2008) - The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) today announced its Certified Personal Trainer Course (NASM-CPT) has been approved for recertification by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the accrediting body for the American Dietetic Association (ADA). A total of 75 certified continuing professional education units (CPEUs) will be awarded to dietetic professionals advancing their careers by enrolling in the NASM-CPT course. This represents the full amount of CPEUs needed for recertification every five years for a registered dietitian (RD) and every three years for a dietitian technician (DTR).

"Gaining the acknowledgement of the Commission on Dietitian Registration is another third-party validation for the NASM-CPT certification," said Dr. Micheal Clark, the president and chief executive officer of NASM. "We have a rigorous quality control protocol in place for the CPT program, which has great practical use for a variety of nutrition, health and sports fitness professionals around the country. Our online and home-study course format allows for great ease-of-use and convenience for a broad range of NASM certification seekers."

"The key to getting and staying fit is to eat better and move better," said NASM's Clark. "Historically, registered dietitians have focused on eating better, but now with the NASM-CPT, they arm themselves with knowledge to help clients move better as well."

Tested in the lab and proven in the field, the NASM-CPT emphasizes movement science, exercise science, nutrition and behavior modification, and provides goal-specific programs designed for optimal results, accurate assessment for everyone from first-time gym members to elite athletes.

"Earning the NASM-CPT certification has given me the confidence to provide my patients the most up-to-date and accurate scientific information on physical training," said Diana Schilling-Held, MS, RD, newly certified NASM-CPT. "The best part is that by taking the NASM-CPT course I have satisfied my RD continuing education credits for an entire five-year period and have opened a new door to my professional marketability."

In addition to the credibility that comes with the NASM-CPT certification, dietitians who become credentialed through NASM also receive access to NASMPRO.com, a new total-fitness online resource. With NASMPRO.com, members gain access to information and fitness tools that will allow them to:

--  Create customized resistance, cardio, and nutrition programs for
    clients.
--  Monitor their clients' progress and manage all of their activities and
    progress in a centralized, automated environment.
--  Design easy-to-follow, individualized meal plans based on clients'
    goals, such as weight loss, weight gain, or moving to specialized dietary
    needs.
    

NASMPRO.com also offers new revenue streams for individual professionals with access to new business opportunities and new clients via a professional registry database. "NASMPRO.com serves as a tremendous resource for NASM-credentialed health and fitness professionals," said Ben Tucker, NASM Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "It allows them to earn more money and become a better resource to their clients."

In support of this new relationship, NASM will attend the ADA Food & Nutrition Conference in Chicago, Illinois at McCormick Place on October 26-28, 2008. Attendees can visit NASM at booth #52 and booth #2148 for more information on the NASM-CPT certification for registered dietitians. For more information, visit www.nasm.org/ADA or call NASM at 1.800.460.6276, ext. 5501.

About NASM:

Since 1987, the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) has been the recognized global authority in certification, continuing education, solutions and tools for health, fitness, sports performance and sports medicine professionals. Today, NASM serves more than 100,000 members in 80 countries. In addition to its evidence-based NCCA-accredited fitness certification program, Certified Personal Trainer (NASM-CPT), NASM also offers a progressive career track with access to Advanced Specializations, Continuing Education courses, and accredited Bachelor and Master Degree programs. The NASM educational continuum is designed to help today's health and fitness professional enhance their career while empowering their clients to live healthier lives. For more information, call (800) 460-NASM or visit www.nasm.org.

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