ST. LOUIS, MO (July 11, 2011) – Missouri College today announced the addition of a new Fitness Trainer program at its Brentwood, Missouri campus. The comprehensive Fitness Trainer program is designed to educate students about quality fitness and wellness through safe and effective exercise, nutrition and knowledge of disease management.
In the U.S., more than 20 percent of nearly every state’s population is obese. More than 200,000 Americans under the age of 20 have been diagnosed with diabetes and more than 24 percent of adults have been diagnosed with hypertension. More information regarding diabetes, obesity and hypertension can be found on the CDC website.
“In response to rising obesity, diabetes and hypertension numbers, there is an increased interest across the region and the entire country to eat healthier and exercise more,” said Heather Hawk, Chair of Missouri College’s Fitness Trainer Advisory Committee. “Our Fitness Trainer program will educate a new generation of health and wellness specialists to meet the increasing needs of a public that wants to be healthier.”
Course work covers a variety of subjects, including anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, fitness assessment and exercise program design, muscle development and cardiovascular fitness. In addition to the health and wellness curriculum, there will be courses dedicated to establishing a career in the industry, including marketing and sales, applied teaching and motivational techniques and the fundamentals of business management.
“Missouri College is excited to offer a program that will help students gain the knowledge and hands-on experience to excel in the field of fitness training,” said Karl Petersen, President of Missouri College. “Our well-rounded course offering enables graduates to succeed through a variety of avenues within the fitness industry.”
Missouri College has also added a new Fitness Trainer lab to help students when they reach the clinical phase of their course work. The construction of the lab represents an expansion and renovation of the Missouri College campus. The lab includes exercise equipment in a simulated gym setting along with weight machines, free weights, treadmills and elliptical machines. At the completion of the program, graduates are encouraged to take the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified personal trainer certification exam.
About Missouri College
Since 1963, Missouri College in St. Louis, Missouri, has given students the opportunity to obtain innovative, career-oriented training. The school has diploma, specialized associate and bachelor degree level programs in the Healthcare and Business Areas, with a focus on Dental, Healthcare, Massage Therapy and Management fields. Missouri College is accredited by Accrediting Council for Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) and the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). The Dental Assistant and Dental Hygiene programs are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (ADA) and have been granted the accreditation status of initial accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. Missouri College is a member of the Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ:CECO) network of universities, colleges and schools. Find disclosures on graduation rates, student financial obligations and more at www.missouricollege.edu/disclosures. Missouri College cannot guarantee employment or salary. For more information about the Sanford-Brown schools please visit http://www.missouricollege.edu.