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Functional Fitness and Wellness for Life

Carol Armbruster ©2019
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Dr. Carol Kennedy-Armbruster, FACSM, ECP discusses the in’s and out’s of what motivated her to compile a team of experts and create the book, Fitness and Wellness: A Way of Life. With 20% of the population utilizing fitness services regularly, Carol felt that a new way of thinking and teaching personal fitness/wellness classes was needed. After studying a personal fitness class at Indiana University, asking students for feedback and extensively researching other similar titles, she came up with a fresh and innovative approach to teaching fitness and wellness as a way of life. Questions to be answered in this webinar include:

  • What role does wellness play in a life well lived?
  • How do we make a difference in college students lives?
  • Do we need to pre/post test physical outcomes to improve their health?
  • How do we get students to understand the importance of feeling good and being well for life?
  • How do you help college students embrace positive behavior change?

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Carol K. Armbruster, PhD, is a senior lecturer in the department of kinesiology in the School of Public Health at Indiana University (IU) at Bloomington. During her more than 35 years of teaching college students and training fitness leaders, she has served on the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and American Council on Exercise (ACE) credentialing committees, and she is a fellow of ACSM. She is also an ACSM-certified exercise physiologist, holds the level 2 Exercise Is Medicine credential, and has level 1 Functional Movement Screening certification.


She previously served as a program director of fitness and wellness for the IU Division of Recreational Sports, where she managed a program that offered more than 100 group exercise sessions per week. Prior to working at IU, Armbruster worked at the University of Illinois, Colorado State University, Rocky Mountain Health Club, the Loveland (Colorado) Parks and Recreation Department, and the Sheboygan (Wisconsin) School District.


Armbruster enjoys combining her interests of teaching, community engagement, and translational research. Her doctoral work focused on translational research of active-duty military in the over-40 age population. She is especially interested in functional movement, worksite wellness outcomes, safe and effective movement instruction, and evaluating safe and effective outcome-based physical activity and movement program delivery methods in order to encourage healthy lifestyles and focus on improved quality of life and prevention of illness.