The ACSM Health Fitness Specialist assists those with medically controlled diseases and health conditions, as well as apparently healthy clients, in adopting and maintaining healthy lifestyle behaviors.
The Health Fitness Specialist Certification from ACSM helps health and fitness professionals working with clients who have medically controlled diseases, such as asthma and diabetes. After obtaining the certification, health and fitness professionals have the skills and knowledge to perform health-risk and physical fitness assessments and to interpret the results of both. Health Fitness Specialists also design and develop exercise and health regimens based on each client's medical and physical needs. The Health Fitness Specialist Certification prepares professionals to work in medical, commercial, private and university settings.
Laura Kruskall, PhD, RD, CSSD, is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and an ACSM certified health fitness specialist. She is the director of nutrition sciences at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and teaches in the areas of sports nutrition and medical nutrition therapy. Kruskall’s research interests include the effects of exercise and nutritional interventions on body composition and energy metabolism. Kruskall is a member of the editorial board for ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal and is a nutrition consultant for Canyon Ranch SpaClub and Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas.