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Thompson, Walter R. Ph.D., FACSM, FAACVPR

doi: 10.1249/01.FIT.0000312432.13689.a4

LEARNING OBJECTIVES From this article, the reader should understand the following concepts:

• The difference between a fad and a trend.

• Worldwide trends in the commercial, corporate, clinical, and community health and fitness industry.

• Expert opinions about identified fitness trends for 2009.

Learn what leading experts are predicting to be the top health and fitness trends of 2009! The results were based on an international survey and the article includes commentary from fitness experts. You won't want to miss this valuable insight.

Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, FAACVPR, is a regents professor of Exercise Science in the Department of Kinesiology and Health (College of Education) at Georgia State University where he has a second academic appointment in the Division of Nutrition (School of Health Professions, College of Health and Human Sciences). He has lectured on health promotion and fitness topics in 22 countries on 5 continents. He has recently served on the Board of Trustees of the American College of Sports Medicine and was twice elected as member of its Administrative Council. He is currently serving as the chairperson of the ACSM American FitnessIndexTM Advisory Board and Chairperson of the NSF International Joint Committee on Health Fitness Facilities Standards.

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