Tammy Petersen is the Founder and Managing Partner for the American Academy of Health and Fitness (AAHF). She has written two books on older adult fitness and designed corresponding training programs. Her first book, Functionally Fit, teaches certified nurse aides to provide daily functional strength training as an accepted and expected part of the daily care plan for the chronic long-term care and assisted living patient. Her second book, SrFit, is the basis for an advanced training home study course that approved for up to 22 contact hours of continuing education credits with the major personal trainer certification organizations and 24 hours with the Board of Certification for athletic trainers. As Managing Partner with the American Academy of Health and Fitness (AAHF), Tammy helps to ensure the success of this organization whose mission is to instill quality of life throughout the gamut of aging. The organizational goals are: (1) through correspondence courses, workshops and the website; provide continuing education for certified personal trainers and athletic trainers who are committed to safe and effective programs for youth, older adults and special populations; and, (2) provide easily accessible, relevant on-line training for certified nurse assistants/aides that focuses on increasing the functionality of nursing home and assisted living residents. Additionally, with her business partner, Pete Bazzel, she has developed twelve educational programs: SrFit Mature Fitness Specialty Certification™, JrFit Youth Fitness Specialty Certification™, Cancer and the Older Adult™, Developing Agility and Quickness for Sport Performance™, Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription for All Ages™, Exercise Management of Chronic Diseases and Disabilities for All Ages™, Nutrition for Special Dietary Needs™, Strength Training Older Adults™, The Janda System of Evaluation and Treatment of Muscle Imbalance™, Back Stability: Integrating Science and Therapy™, Exercise and Cancer Survivorship™, and Functionally Fit™. Tammy's educational background includes Bachelor of Science degrees in marketing and economics from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas. She holds a Master of Science in Education in the area of health and fitness, with an emphasis in geriatrics, from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas. Also, she is an author for Personal Training on the Net. And, her articles have appeared in IHRSA's Club Business for Entrepreneurs, Personal Fitness Professional, Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro, AFAA's American Fitness and OnSite Fitness.
My husband is an Internist and Geriatrician. He started his own practice and now also manages the practices of five other providers who strictly serve the geriatric population. Working with him over the years as the group's Executive Director, I was responsible for everything from credentialing with insurance companies, to billing, to working with patients in a customer service role and at the clinic. I also attended conferences like the American Medical Directors Association with my husband and spent time in skilled nursing facilities. This gave me experience and contacts in many areas.
Prior to the opening of my husband's geriatric practice, and before taking a break to raise three children, I was employed as a credit and fraud analyst for Mobil Oil. I later worked as a manager for DST, a large company that provided financial and management services for the majority of mutual funds and annuities in the United States. After deciding to become an around the clock mom, I worked on a volunteer basis to raise awareness of the need for retirement and assisted living facilities in addition to our community's long-term care facility. Beverly Enterprises, one of the nation's largest nursing home corporations, enlisted my help in construction of a BBOP (Beverly Business Opportunity Plan). Statistical market analysis of surrounding communities, along with surveys of local businesses, resulted in a 300-page document that guided development of a proposal to corporate officers. That proposal suggested expansion of the existing nursing home campus to include an assisted living facility, daycare center and fitness center.
The BBOP project made me realize what a need there was for people to rally for our seniors (and, as fate would have it, this is also when my husband realized he needed an executive director!). I was extremely busy for a few years, but I went back to school to get the education that I needed to meet my goal of making a difference in the lives of older adults. I feel that I now have a background and perspective that allows for a unique opportunity to design programs that can help bring about the cultural changes we so desperately need for older adults at all levels of health and independence. I also believe that I can use much of this same experience to build a bridge between the medical and fitness industries that will benefit people of all ages—including youth. So I decided to put my knowledge to work and founded the American Academy of Health and Fitness.
I want to help insure that the job of personal training grows into a true allied health profession and I would like my website and consequently the American Academy of Health and Fitness, to be the "portal" of successful aging across the gamut for the personal trainer. Personal trainers will find AAHF to be a valuable resource that provides access to training programs, tools from other industry experts, industry news, and links to an extensive list of resources. My dream is for personal trainers to associate my name with successful aging.