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Nagle, Elizabeth F. Ph.D., FACSM; Pierce, Patricia A. Ph.D., FACSM, CSCS; Abt, Kristie L. Ph.D.; Bernardo, Lisa M. Ph.D., M.P.H., RN, HFI

doi: 10.1249/FIT.0b013e3181916cd2

LEARNING OBJECTIVE: • The purpose of this article is to provide an introduction on steps toward successful mentoring of future professionals entering the health-fitness domain. This overview is a practical guide that may be used by professionals who work with protégés in academic, internship, or professional settings and will provide guidelines and recommendations associated with this responsibility.

There is a significant need to improve the mentoring of our future health and fitness professionals both in academia and within the workforce in order to uphold professional standards, maintain quality control, reduce legal liabilities, and improve clients' lives. Using the MENTORING acronym along with the additional simple and practical guidelines included can assist professionals undertaking this responsibility.

Elizabeth F. Nagle, Ph.D., FACSM, is an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator in the Department of Physical Activity at the University of Pittsburgh. She is an ACSM Health/Fitness InstructorSM, workshop director, and licensed Corporate Wellcoach for ACSM. She conducts research in the areas of predictors of swimming performance and psychophysiological determinants of physical activity.

Patricia A. Pierce, Ph.D., FACSM, CSCS, is a professor and chairperson in the Department of Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences at Slippery Rock University. She also serves as the Undergraduate Exercise Science Program and Internship Coordinator and teaches a variety of classes in the B.S. in Exercise Science. She is ACSM Health/Fitness InstructorSM certified and is certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

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Kristie L. Abt, Ph.D., is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Health and Physical Activity at the University of Pittsburgh where she teaches, advises, and mentors undergraduate and graduate students and conducts research investigating the psychological effect of exercise. She is ACSM Instructor Health/FitnessSM certified and a workshop director for ACSM.

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Lisa Marie Bernardo, Ph.D., M.P.H., RN, HFI, is an associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. She is a certified Stott-Pilates instructor and a 200-hour registered yoga teacher, as well as an ACSM-licensed wellness coach. Dr. Bernardo serves as co-investigator on research studies using yoga as an intervention. She has published numerous research and clinical articles in the nursing field.

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