New health coach educator brings wealth of knowledge to new KSU course
by Davia Lassiter, Special to the MDJ
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Award-winning fitness professional Farrah Spellman will be teaching the Health Coach Professional Certificate program for KSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education. The course runs May 12 – July 28. The course is a combination of classroom discussions and practical application of fitness techniques.Spellman, who possesses more than a decade of health and fitness professional experience, said her passion for influencing culture change is why she wanted to teach the Health Coach program. <br> Special to the MDJ
Award-winning fitness professional Farrah Spellman will be teaching the Health Coach Professional Certificate program for KSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education. The course runs May 12 – July 28. The course is a combination of classroom discussions and practical application of fitness techniques.Spellman, who possesses more than a decade of health and fitness professional experience, said her passion for influencing culture change is why she wanted to teach the Health Coach program.
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Students in the Health Coach Certificate Program utilize the KSU Employee Fitness Center to train on exercise techniques.
Students in the Health Coach Certificate Program utilize the KSU Employee Fitness Center to train on exercise techniques.
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Students in the Health Coach Certificate Program utilize the KSU Employee Fitness Center to train on exercise techniques.
Students in the Health Coach Certificate Program utilize the KSU Employee Fitness Center to train on exercise techniques.
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Award-winning fitness professional Farrah Spellman will teach the Health Coach Certificate program at Kennesaw State University from May 12 to July 28. Offered by KSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education, this program aims to train students on how to make a difference in the way others live through positive lifestyle changes. This course is designed for people of varying experiences — from nutritionists to personal trainers to parents who want to incorporate a healthier lifestyle for their families and more.

Spellman, who possesses more than a decade of health and fitness professional experience, said her passion for influencing culture change is why she wanted to teach the Health Coach program.

“It’s important for me to use my education and experience to mentor others to be partners in fitness and wellness,” she said.

Spellman has a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and a Masters of Education in Community Health. Spellman is also certified as a USA Track & Field Level 1 coach and has an American College Sports Medicine Personal Training certification.

Her experience in the health and fitness industry includes serving as the program coordinator for the University of Louisville’s Health Management program, as well as coaching cross country and track teams. Working as a physical therapy technician, wellness coach and fitness specialist are additional examples of her knowledge base. At KSU, Spellman serves as the wellness coordinator for the Employee Wellness program. In 2013, she led the University to an American Heart Association GOLD-level Fit-friendly Award.

“The skills and experience Farrah will bring to the program will be a great benefit to our students,” said Elizabeth Tanner, Health Coach program manager. “She’s already brought recognition to the university for efforts in health and fitness, and we can’t wait for our students to gain knowledge from an expert in the field.”

Spellman said students can expect to learn the dimensions of wellness and coaching skills to influence life changes. She said, “(This) can be a benefit to your personal or professional life. As a result, you’ll become a resource for your community.”

Students in the Health Coach program will cover topics such as eating habits and behaviors as well as ways to incorporate physical activity to improve overall health. The teachings will also assist students in preparing for American Council on Exercise Health Coach Certification exam.

“Having a diabetic daughter and the rapid changes in insurance are a few of the reasons why I wanted to gain this knowledge and certification,” said Johra Master, who completed the program in 2013. “This is something practical that offers a very flexible schedule for working people, and it’s a plus to get to know others in your field.”

Spellman said additional reasons for people’s interest in the course are the ability to gain knowledge to change lives and encourage self-efficacy in all dimensions of wellness.

“Strength in these areas will provide individuals an increase in quality of life, and Health Coaches can lead others to positive changes,” Spellman said.

Registration is open for the Health Coach Professional Certificate program. For more information, visit ccpe.kennesaw.edu/healthcare or call (770) 423-6765.

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