Fitness and Wellness Center

This class is appropriate for most students as the credits count towards the general education requirements. Essentially the students administer a battery of fitness test to themselves and their classmates. Our faculty and staff assist, and a rather extensive fitness analysis is generated for each student. Following the assessment, students are taught the principles of training and are given the opportunity to work on areas of weakness during a portion of the class time. A similar evaluation is made of their eating habits and food consumed. A nutritional analysis is done for each student before a major unit on practical nutrition is undertaken. This course will also provide students with proper instruction on testing and assessing on topics such as cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, flexibility, and diet management.

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The Business Case for a Healthier Community

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Physical Activity and Fitness Group


The Department of Kinesiology is proud to present the Physical Activity and Fitness Group. This group manages and facilitates three degrees in physical activity and fitness: Undergraduate Program: Health Fitness Specialist; Masters in Physical Activity, Fitness and Wellness; and Masters of Public Health – Physical Activity.


Our vision is to educate, provide practical experiences, and research opportunities for future health fitness/wellness professionalsin order to impact and enhance healthy lifestyles for all.


To prepare qualified, certified and experienced health and fitness/wellness professionals who are capable of impacting society by enhancing healthy lifestyles across all ages.

To train students for careers as leaders in physical activity, fitness, and wellness by providing a comprehensive and cross disciplinary curriculum focused on: (a) the science of physical activity and fitness as applied to diverse populations; (b) the application of science to human movement experiences; and (c) program development, evaluation, and administration.

Health Fitness Specialist (Undergraduate)
Contact Person: Rachel Ryder, Ph.D., HFS Coordinator,

The Health Fitness Specialist (HFS) undergraduate degree program provides specialized educational and practical experiences for those interested in the Fitness, Health and/or Wellness industry. The HFS degree is designed to prepare students with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities needed for certification preparation by several accredited professional organization such as the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), American Council of Exercise (ACE), the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) the National Strength and Conditioning Associations (NSCA). The HFS degree culminates with a required internship working in a health, fitness, wellness field of their choice.

The Department of Kinesiology Health Fitness Specialist Program offers preparation for professional employment in a variety of settings that include community and hospital wellness and rehabilitation programs, as well as commercial, corporate and privately owned fitness clubs and facilities, worksite fitness/wellness settings and government organizations.

To learn more about the HFS program, click here.

Master of Public Health, Physical Activity Concentration
Contact Person: Jeanne D. Johnston, Concentration Coordinator,

Organizations have recently turned their attention to physical inactivity, a modifiable behavior, as it has been recognized as a major risk factor for chronic diseases. Physical activity/exercise is also well documented in the literature as way to enhance quality of life and prevent disease. Students majoring in the Master’s of Public Health Physical Activity concentration will draw from behavioral theories, public health and fitness administration, environmental health, biostatistics, and epidemiology to effectively monitor populations, design interventions, and develop policies to address physical inactivity and promote health and wellness. Students will have the opportunity to work with faculty with interdisciplinary interests such as health games, worksite wellness, recreation, and disabilities. Physical activity specialists graduating with a MPH in physical activity will be well suited to play an integral role in multidisciplinary team centered on health engagement and disease prevention.

To learn more about the Master of Public Health and the MPH in Physical Activity click here.

MS-Physical Activity, Fitness and Wellness (PAFW) Graduate Program

Contact person: Carol Kennedy-Armbruster, MSPAFW Coordinator,

 Interest in the profession of physical activity, fitness and wellness knowledge as a means to influence health is on the rise. The majority of the population who choose to engage in preventive health behaviors begin with physical activity interventions. The American College of Sports Medicine has a new area of emphasis titled ‘Exercise is Medicine’ and continues to see a rise in certifications for fitness professionals. The need for fitness managers, behavior specialists, and workplace wellness practioners who possess an expertise in the delivery of physical activity programs/assessments is increasing. In addition, increasing health insurance costs are pushing organizations and corporations to seek preventive programs for employees who sit too much in their day to day jobs. This degree program addresses the training and behavioral expertise needed to deliver and manage effective, research-based physical activity and fitness professional practices.

To learn more about the Master of Public Health and the MPH in Physical Activity click here.


Rachel A. Ryder, Ph.D., Coordinator of Health Fitness Specialist Undergraduate Program
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Michelle Miller, M.S.
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Jeanne D. Johnston, Ph.D, Clinical Associate Professor, Coordinator Master of Public Health – Physical Activity
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Carol Kennedy-Armbruster, PhD, Coordinator of Physical Activity, Fitness, and Wellness Masters Program
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Carol Kennedy-Armbruster won the 2004 and 2009 HPER Teaching Award.
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Georgia Frey, Ph.D, Faculty/Instructor
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Tammy M Nichols, M.S.
Academic Advisor, Department of Kinesiology
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Why Having a Heart Is Good For Business

Employee fitness and wellness programs continued to grow in popularity during recent years. For example, 70 percent of U.S. employers now offer some kind of employee wellness program, up from 58 percent in 2008, according to a study released in June 2015 by the Society for Human Resource Management.

Despite this notable increase, enterprises will face challenges in 2016 related to their fitness and wellness programs, including ongoing security and privacy concerns among employees and the need to keep staff engaged with new features, rewards and challenges.

Here’s a look at some of the top trends in technology-backed fitness and wellness programs for 2016.

Wearables, and emotional and spiritual wellness in 2016

Enterprises will continue to make large investments in walking-based challenges, weight maintenance programs and other physical health initiatives. However, organizations will in 2016 increasingly add or expand programs ‘that nurture the emotional, spiritual, and social aspects of wellbeing,’ says Dr. Rajiv Kumar, founder and CEO of ShapeUp.

[ Related Feature: The 3 best activity trackers that cost less than $100]

The trend of incorporating ‘mental well-being’ into corporate health programs is gaining traction in places such as Silicon Valley, according to Nichol Bradford, founder of the Transformative Technology Lab in Palo Alto, Calif. Some tech companies are ‘looking into ways to incorporate wearable gear that measures brainwaves, as well as meditation programs that help employees better communicate and become leaders,’ he says.

Don Joos, president and CEO of ShoreTel, recently took some time during a company meeting to update the organization on his vision of wellness, which includes mind, body and spirit, according to Jennifer Campbell, ShoreTel’s senior HR manager. ‘He encouraged employees to define their own routines and gave a call-to-action for employees to help their peers live a healthier lifestyle.’

Subsidized activity trackers for employees’ significant others

Houston Methodist, a hospital chain, is among a number of organizations that not only subsidize the cost of Fitbit activity trackers for its employees but also for their partners and spouses, according to Heather Kennedy, director of customer success at Fitbit Corporate Wellness. Kennedy expects more companies to follow Houston Methodist’s lead in 2016.

Emory University is also considering subsidized Fitbits for its staff’s spouses and partners in 2016. ‘Social support is important’ in getting employees to sign up, participate, and stay motivated not only during a fitness challenge, but also all year long, says Michael Staufacker, director of the university’s health management department.

Fitness and wellness programs will use new tech in 2016

Many modern corporate fitness and wellness programs already employ activity trackers, but 2016 will bring additional technologies and applications into the mix.

We can expect to see a more ‘multifaceted’ approach to delivering new features, according to Jeff Ruby, Newtopia founder and CEO, including live fitness coaching delivered to employees via two-way video conferencing. CIOs will need to ensure their organizations’ network bandwidth can support the additional burden, he says.

Gamification, social networking key to corporate wellness in 2016

To encourage and maintain staff participation in fitness initiatives, gamification and social networking will become even more important in 2016.

‘People got super excited about ‘the quantified self’ in 2015, with a whirlwind of wireless wearables taking the corporate wellness world by storm,’ says Sonic Boom Wellness CEO Danna Korn. But next year, ‘we’ll see that 2015’s mass investment in Fitbits and other devices will be for naught, unless companies find a way to sustain interest in them.’

[ Related Feature: How HR uses fitness trackers to increase company wellness]

‘With employees providing an inherent social networking framework, companies will need to find programs that play upon that sociality by ‘gamifying’ wellness and encouraging social interaction alongside wellness efforts,’ Korn says. ‘All the excitement about fitness, fitness apps, and fancy gadgets will fizzle out without more substance and structured social programming in place.’

‘Corporate wellness programs will start to incorporate more fun activities that motivate employees to participate and stick with the programs, including enhanced technology, gamification, competitions and other similar ideas,’ adds Kelly Johnston, senior vice president of product development at Health Advocate. ‘As part of this transition, we’ll see the ‘sticks’ start to disappear in favor of more ‘carrots,’ encouraging employees to take action without feeling forced to do so because of penalties.’

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Binghamton University – Activities and Classes

Find your Fit and have a healthy new year! Free activities for current faculty, staff and students.

We’re here to help you achieve your fitness and wellness goals. If you’re a first timer, don’t worry. We will guide you through every class and workshop, providing easy-to-follow instructions, and showing modifications that match your experience level. We promise you’ll come away feeling motivated, challenged and confident in your knowledge and skills – making 2016 the year for a healthy, happy you.

No membership required for these programs and activities.

Laughing Yoga

4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3

With Patti Dowd, program coordinator and certified Laughing Yoga instructor.

As seen on the Oprah Winfrey show and CNN, Laughing Yoga is an exercise routine developed in 1995 by Dr. Madan Kataria in India and has spread across 100 countries. The concept of Laughing Yoga is based on scientifically proven evidence that the body cannot differentiate between voluntary laughter and spontaneous laughter-you get the same physiological and psychological benefits. Clinical research has proven the Laughing Yoga lowers the level of stress hormones (epinephrine, cortisol, etc.) in the blood. Laughter yoga is done in groups, with eye contact and playfulness between participants. Deliberate laughter soon turns into real and contagious laughter. Although yoga can take many forms, it is most often associated with asanas, sun salutations and down dogs. Laughing Yoga doesn’t include any asanas. It is just a light hearted way to blow off some steam, lighten your emotional load and have some fun.

Debunking Food Labels

With Melanie Peranich, dietician for Binghamton University Dining Services by Sodexo

Grass fed, cage free, organic, all natural, low fat, fat free, gluten free, dairy free. It’s enough to make your head spin, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming or confusing! Come find out common mistakes and misconceptions surrounding food labels and make your next trip to the grocery store a breeze.

REGISTRATION: E-mail to sign up.

Aqua Jogging

4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 9
EG pool

Have you been looking for that high cardio workout without the high impact? Aqua jogging is a great way to enjoy the benefits of a cardio workout without the strain. With this 50-minute introductory class we will go over basic technique as well as complete an interval based aqua jogging workout. This program is for anyone who is interested in gaining knowledge about alternative aquatic exercises. Swim suit is required. Meet on the Recreation Center pool deck.

Fueling your Body on a Budget

Noon Wednesday, April 6

With Melanie Peranich, dietician for Binghamton University Dining Services by Sodexo.

When you’ve got a tight budget, meal planning and grocery shopping has its challenges. And, when you’re dedicated to eating healthy, it’s even trickier. But eating healthy doesn’t always have to be expensive. Join Sodexo dietician Melanie Pernaich who will discuss tips and tricks to making healthy choices while staying within your budget.

Healthy Hike

4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4
Meet in front of Mohawk

Get healthy, get happy, while hiking! Hiking is good for the body and the mind. Come step into the woods and boost your mood. The fresh air, nice views, the sounds and smells of nature-all have a positive impact on combating the symptoms of stress and anxiety. ‘Being in nature in ingrained in our DNA and we sometimes forget that’ states Gregory A. Miller, PhD and president of the American Hiking Society. Research shows that spending time in the outdoors also increases attention spans and gets those creative juices flowing far more than sitting. Hiking works our bodies as well, burning calories, improving balance, lowering risk of heart disease, boosting bone density and improving blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Plus the trails are softer on the joints than asphalt or concrete. Come join us for a healthy, happy hike. All levels welcome.

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Wellness Center Rancho Santa Fe | Rancho Valencia – Fitness | San Diego Resort Fitness Center

Wellness Center Rancho Santa Fe | Rancho Valencia – Fitness | San Diego Resort Fitness Center

Your path to wellness starts here.

Rancho Valencia’s philosophy of dedication and commitment to improving personal wellness has lead to the development of classes focusing on high-performance fitness. Our program has been designed to complement our spa services and an active lifestyle, including a variety of disciplines and opportunities to stay fit while on property. Classes range from high-energy cardio workouts to a variety of yoga teachings that take place in our Serenity Yoga Pavilion.

A state-of-the-art fitness center, complimentary to resort guests, features a diverse selection of cardio equipment and is available for personal and one-on-one training. We welcome you to take advantage of all of the program’s offerings while you are with us. All classes are complimentary for our guests.

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Wellness Home

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Sign up at the Wellness Center (Hart 152). There is a 25.00 charge (non refundable) that will be charged to your I Card.

Fit for Life starts: We will accept applications anytime throughout the semester if there are open spots.

Closing Social: March 30, 6-7 Hinckley Gym. Individual awards will be presented to those that finish the program.

You will attend weekly nutrition appointments and meet with a trainer on a weekly basis to help you reach your goals.

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