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Promoting and Inspiring Healthy Living

People generally agree that healthy eating habits are essential to a healthy lifestyle. That's not the only facet of being healthy, though. Many other elements contribute to a holistic lifestyle, including regular exercise, a good night's rest, manageable stress levels, mindfulness and mental health.

It is easy to see how these categories can work together to promote a healthy lifestyle. However, the best path toward healthy living seems to change daily. What is the answer?

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Health Promotion online program at Arkansas State University (A-State) cuts through the noise of the health and wellness market. Students graduate with the knowledge and tools they need to empower people on a sustainable path to a healthy lifestyle. Graduates are eligible for certification through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC), a credential employers may prefer or require.

How to Prepare for a Career in Health Promotion  

There was a time when sugar was said to have health benefits for children. In an article for The New York Times, Anahad O'Connor describes studies funded by candy makers that claimed, "children who eat candy tend to weigh less than those who do not."

From research studies to celebrities, many factors influence our dietary decisions — for better or worse. Similarly, countless fitness fads get attention but might not lead to a long-term commitment to healthy habits.

The field of health promotion takes an education-driven approach to improve health. A-State's B.S. in Health Promotion program prepares students for a variety of careers with coursework that builds the skills employers are seeking. Examples include:

  • Conducting assessments with individuals and groups regarding factors that impact overall health, such as nutrition, exercise and stress
  • Planning, implementing and assessing behavior interventions to promote a healthy lifestyle
  • Creating and improving health programs to meet the needs of a diverse population
  • Developing teaching techniques for effective health education and strategies for inspiring positive health behaviors

A-State's capstone internship provides real-world experience to kick-start a career in many settings. Examples include:

  • Fitness centers
  • Workplace wellness programs
  • Public health agencies
  • Community health organizations
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Outpatient care facilities
  • Insurance companies
  • Schools

Keeping Up With Current Trends in Health and Fitness

Research conducted by McKinsey shows that most people think wellness is important. In fact, $1.5 trillion is spent globally on related products and services.

Pursuing a career in health promotion means keeping up with trends and research. Dietary supplements are one example. Writing for The New York Times, Jane Brody reports that Americans spend over $30 billion a year on vitamins, herbal products and other supplements. Health promotion specialists can teach consumers how to evaluate benefits and risks and make wise choices.

Top health and fitness trends to follow, based on a survey conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), include:

  • Wearable technologies, such as fitness trackers and heart rate monitor
  • High-intensity interval training (HIIT)
  • Functional fitness training
  • Health and wellness coaching
  • Outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and walking
  • Exercise Is Medicine (a health initiative that promotes including physical activity in treatment plans)

Keeping up with the latest research is also helpful for health promotion specialists. For example, when it comes to inspiring healthy lifestyles, learning that physical activity may improve brain function as you age may be a major motivator for people. Science Daily is a popular source for science news updates such as this.

A career in health promotion offers a unique way to positively impact people's lives. There is also growing demand for professionals in this field. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in health promotion should grow 17% from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average of 8% for all occupations. A chance to inspire healthier lifestyles combined with long-term high demand makes a career in health promotion a solid choice.

Learn more about A-State's Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion online program.

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