Spartan recognized for exceptional leadership in health and wellness | MSUToday

The American College of Sports Medicine has named Kristin Traskie the first ACSM-certified professional of the year. Traskie is a fitness and wellness coordinator at Michigan State University Health Promotion Department.

Announced during ACSM’s 25th Anniversary International Health and Fitness Summit, the award recognizes members who demonstrate exceptional leadership, motivation and teaching skills, and the ability to inspire clients to achieve health and wellness goals.

The American College of Sports Medicine has named Kristin Traskie the First ACSM Certified Professional of the Year.

Christie Ward-Ritacco, Chair of the ACSM Committee on Certification and Registration Bodies, said the recognition was well deserved.

“Kristin represents the best in the fitness industry and we applaud her passion and dedication to making a positive and lasting impact in her community and in the world,” said Ward-Ritacco.

For Traskie, part of her job is building a culture of health and wellbeing on the MSU campus – and in the community.

“I am very honored to receive this award,” said Traskie. “Whether I’m personalizing an exercise program to help someone achieve fitness goals, running our campus in a community health initiative, or engaging in interventions in built environments to increase physical activity, my certifications have confidence in my ability to my knowledge and skills strengthened to achieve a goal positive impact. “

At MSU, Traskie heads the “Exercise is Medicine® on Campus” initiative and is a member of the leadership team of the University Well-Being Coalition. Your work with the SPARTANfit fitness and wellness program aims to improve the health outcomes and health satisfaction of the students. Traskie’s data-informed approach to her job helps her create opportunities that promote general well-being and exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Along with her ACSM Personal Trainer® certification, Traskie is a National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching Certified Health and Wellness Coach and has several other certifications including Exercise is Medicine Level 1 Credential; Aerobic and Fitness Association of America Group exercise instructor, Wellcoaches®; and American College Health Association college health and wellness professional.

Traskie earned her BS in Wellness, Health Promotion and Injury Prevention from Oakland University and her MS in Public Health from Old Dominion University.

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