SOURCE: National Academy of Sports Medicine

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November 11, 2010 07:03 ET

NASM, HFPN Partner With Sharecare.com; Launch HFPN Coaching Team With Goal of Taking Online Fitness Training to the Masses

Partnership Will Provide Sharecare.com Users With Access to the Largest and Most Comprehensive Online Health and Fitness Training Network in the World

MESA, AZ--(Marketwire - November 11, 2010) - The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), the global leader in personal trainer certification, sports performance training and corrective exercise, and the Health and Fitness Provider Network (HFPN), the premier online business, training and educational resource for allied health professionals, have been selected as the exclusive health and fitness coaching providers for Sharecare.com.

Sharecare.com, created by Internet entrepreneur Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz, a leading cardiac surgeon, health expert and host of "The Dr. Oz Show," was launched in 2010 with its primary goal designed to greatly simplify the search for quality healthcare information and provide consumers with the necessary tools and access to live healthier lives.

The HFPN Coaching Team, in partnership with Sharecare, is composed of a group of elite fitness professionals who are highly-educated, certified and trained in online coaching and are focused on changing the health of individuals globally. Based on the latest technology, the members of the HFPN Coaching Team are equipped with state-of-the-art tools, such as online exercise and nutrition programming, which allow them to work with any population, anywhere, anytime.

NASM and HFPN's roles are to educate, certify and train these elite personal trainers who ultimately will provide Sharecare.com users with customized training programs that will help them reach their health and fitness goals.

"The HFPN Coaching Team is positioned to become the largest health and fitness network available in the world," says NASM CEO Dr. Micheal Clark. "This partnership will greatly benefit the NASM Certified Personal Trainer looking to increase their revenue goals by having direct access to millions of Sharecare.com users who need instruction in the health and fitness forum."

Sharecare.com is the first-of-its-kind, single online destination that connects health and wellness specialists with consumers to help them live healthier lives. Trainers certified on Sharecare will have the opportunity to become leaders in the field, build their personal brand in the Sharecare professional community and make a difference in the lives of thousands.

"Sharecare's mission is to become a trusted resource for accurate, multi-perspective and high
quality answers to the questions of health and wellness, and enabling people to take action on this information," said Jeff Arnold, chairman and chief architect of Sharecare. "We are very pleased to be working together with The National Academy of Sports Medicine on this innovative approach to broaden the consumer's access to high quality content and experienced coaches."

For more information on how to join the HFPN Coaching Team, please visit www.NASM.org/sharecare.

About Sharecare:
Founded in 2009 and based in Atlanta, Georgia, the Sharecare mission is to greatly simplify the search for high-quality healthcare information and answer the world's questions of health. Created by Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz, in partnership with Harpo Studios, HSW International, Sony Pictures Television, and Discovery Communications, the Sharecare interactive social QA platform allows people to ask, learn and act upon questions of health and wellness. The company's innovative approach provides a wide array of expert answers to each question ranging from hospitals to MDs to nonprofits to healthcare companies to active health consumers, ultimately creating a community where healthcare knowledge is built, shared and put into practice.

About NASM:
Since 1987, the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) has been a global leader in providing evidence-based certifications and advanced credentials to health and fitness professionals. In addition to its NCCA-accredited fitness Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certification, NASM 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. To learn more, visit: www.nasm.org or call 1.800.460.NASM (6276).

About HFPN:
HFPN is a network of certified personal trainers, and allied health professionals armed with world class tools and systems to deliver health & fitness to the masses. The combination of connectivity, coaching, online fitness solutions and outstanding business resources creates a unique and unmatched opportunity for the health and fitness professional. HFPN is committed to transforming the lives of millions by joining clients with the people and resources that can help them reach their health and fitness goals. For more information, visit HFPN.com or call 1-866-794-2771.

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