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American University's Master of Science in Health Promotion Management Receives National Wellness Institute Distinguished Academic Program Award

August 10, 2011, Stevens Point, Wisconsin. The National Wellness Institute (NWI) presented its annual Distinguished Academic Program Awards during the 36th Annual National Wellness Conference, held July 18-21, 2011, in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Awards were presented to two undergraduate and two graduate programs.

Dr. John Munson, NWI Senior Consultant for Academic Accreditation, presented one of two graduate program awards to the Master of Science in Health Promotion Management at American University in Washington, D.C. This program is a competency-based, multidisciplinary academic program for individuals dedicated to assuming leadership positions within the health promotion industry. Established in 1980, the MS in Health Promotion Management was the first degree of its kind in the United States to integrate the business, science, and art of health promotion. The curriculum combines managerial skills with scientific and clinical knowledge of exercise physiology, human biochemistry, behavioral psychology, and nutrition. Graduate students select an area of emphasis in corporate health, exercise physiology, health communication, health policy, global health, or nutrition education. Internships and research projects can further tailor a program's emphasis. Master's degree students have numerous internship opportunities in the Washington, D.C., region; students have recently held internships at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, American Heart Association, and U.S. Apple Association. Dr. Anastasia Snelling accepted the award on behalf of American University.

NWI also recognized the Master of Arts in Integrative Health Studies at California Institute of Integral Studies—School of Consciousness and Transformation in San Francisco, Calif., with a graduate program award. The undergraduate program recipients were the Bachelor of Science in Corporate/Community Wellness Management at Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tenn., and the Bachelor of Arts in Wellness and Fitness Management at Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa.

The purpose of the National Wellness Institute's Distinguished Academic Program Awards is to recognize outstanding academic health promotion/wellness programs that consistently produce high-quality graduates ready to implement wellness programs into a variety of worksites. Additionally, its purpose is to reward university programs that meet or exceed national accreditation standards for wellness education. For information about nominating an academic program for an NWI Distinguished Academic Program Award, or to learn more about NWI's Academic Program Accreditation, please e-mail nwi@nationalwellness.org or call 715.342.2969.

Founded in 1977, the National Wellness Institute Inc. (NWI) was formed to realize the mission of health promotion and providing wellness professionals unparalleled resources and services that support professional and personal growth. Enthusiasm drives the vision and mission and of NWI today—to promote the understanding of the dynamic factors that contribute to health and well-being as they emerge through research and practice; to share and develop strategies to positively influence those factors that support a worldwide population with healthy, balanced lifestyles; and to serve the professionals and organizations that promote optimal health and wellness in individuals and communities. For more than three decades, NWI's National Wellness Conference has been recognized as the destination conference for individuals seeking professional development and personal renewal.

For more information about the National Wellness Conference or the National Wellness Institute, visit NationalWellness.org, e-mail nwc@nationalwellness.org, or call 715.342.2969.



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