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Professional Certifications

Certified Health Education Specialist (C.H.E.S.) – A nationally recognized certification exam and continuing education through National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC). 

“The Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination is a competency-based tool used to measure possession, application, and interpretation of knowledge in the Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Education Specialists delineated by A Competency-Based Framework for Health Education Specialists 2015. The exam reflects the entry-level Sub-competencies of these Areas of Responsibility.”

NCAA AccreditedThe CHES exam has met national standards in credentialing and has been accredited by the National Commission of Certified Agencies accreditation since 2008.


A Certified Health Education Specialist’s role is based on the competencies of the ‘Seven Areas of Responsibility.’ 

“Seven Areas of Responsibility were again verified by the 2015 Health Education Specialist Practice Analysis (HESPA) project and serve as the basis of the CHES exam beginning in October 2016 and the MCHES exam in April 2016. The HESPA study led to an adjustment to the health education model to include the term “health promotion”. The rationale for the terminology change to “health education/health promotion” was because it adds clarity to the scope of the Health Education Specialist’s role both within and external to the profession and would more comprehensively describe the profession.

Seven Areas of Responsibility:

Area I: Assess Needs, Resources, and Capacity for Health Education/Promotion
Area II: Plan Health Education/Promotion

Area III: Implement Health Education/Promotion 

Area IV: Conduct Evaluation and Research Related to Health Education/Promotion
Area V: Administer and Manage Health Education/Promotion
Area VI: Serve as a Health Education/Promotion Resource Person
Area VII.Communicate, Promote, and Advocate for Health, Health Education/Promotion, and the Profession”


“CHES Exam Eligibility – Eligibility to take the CHES examination is based exclusively on academic qualifications. An individual is eligible to take the examination if he/she has:

  • A bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree from an accredited institution of higher education; AND one of the following:
  • An official transcript (including course titles) that clearly shows a major in health education, e.g., Health Education, Community Health Education, Public Health Education, School Health Education, etc. Degree/major must explicitly be in a discipline of “Health Education.” OR
  • An official transcript that reflects at least 25 semester hours or 37 quarter hours of coursework (with a grade “c” or better) with specific preparation addressing the Seven Areas of Responsibility and Competency for Health Education Specialists.
  • Applicants for the CHES exam will have at least 25 semester hours/37 quarter hours of coursework (with a grade of C or better) with specific preparation addressing the Seven Areas of Responsibilities and Competencies for Health Education Specialists.”
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RYS 200 Yoga Instructor through The Mindfulness Center’s Yoga Teacher Training (YTT). The Mindfulness Center’s YTT program is a Yoga Alliance Registered 200 Hour program.

Expected date of program completion and certification – January/February 2017.

200 hours are completed, as is Seva project. Once certification is finalized, course work is turned in and certification exam is taken, RYS 200 certificate will be uploaded to this site.

Certified Restorative Exercise Specialist (RES) through biomechanist Katy Bowman (Author of ‘Move Your DNA’) of Nutritious Movement. Expected date of program completion and graduation – December 2017 (currently enrolled in the program).

Nutritious Movement™ Certified Restorative Exercise Specialist Program (RES) is a 2-year biomechanics-based program that focuses on “natural movement” principles, and evidence-based research on the importance of a movement-centered lifestyle. The link between the lack of “normal” daily movement that humans were physically intended to do each day (not just your one hr at the gym or physical therapy session), is clearly linked to many chronic mechanical or physical illnesses, and even physical deformity.  A Restorative Exercise Specialist is certified to work privately with patients, teach classes, hold seminars and more. Working with Restorative Exercise Specialist helps patients gain insight and understanding of the importance of incorporating the body’s natural “corrective exercises” throughout our daily life, and how doing so can progressively help correct misalignments and strengthen the body through a more nutritious movement-focused approach. Transitioning to a movement-centered lifestyle helps increase proprioception, correct misalignments, and decrease trigger points, which all are huge contributors to musculoskeletal pain and other types of pain we often feel daily. Alleviating the possible causes of chronic pain and discomfort through a more micronutrient, natural movement, and corrective exercise-based approach can be life-changing for some people — many who were otherwise not able to do much or move at all, without a lot of discomfort and pain.

The goal of a corrective and restorative exercise is to help facilitate your transition to a lifestyle focused on moving more and moving better through throughout your day, with more comfort and with less pain, while learning how to self-correct misalignments and incorporate specific movements that our bodies need to function optimally. Correcting our posture, misalignments in the way we move, sit, or stand, and understanding how doing so has proven to help alleviate causes of chronic pain and discomfort, is the principle goal of working with a Restorative Exercise Specialist.

A Certified Restorative Exercise Specialist from the 2-year Nutritious Movement program is required to take 90 CEUs every two years to maintain your their RES certificate.

“How can you make your movement more nutritious?

If you’re trying to eat healthier, is it better to start by taking vitamins and supplements or by changing your whole diet? 

Just as some people stick to taking vitamins for health and some people dive into a whole-food diet, your approach to Nutritious Movement can be tailored to fit your life right now.

Not much time for exercise and you just want to get rid of some nagging aches and pains? Check out our micronutrients. Ready to make over your movement profile and work toward some bigger goals? Our macronutrient packs are designed for you.

No matter what path you choose, your body will thank you!”

Read more by going to Learn to Move

“What is a movement-based lifestyle?

We currently live in a world where “life” is mostly sedentary, and “exercise” is the one or two hours a day we set aside to fit in some movement. Research is showing, more and more, that this approach doesn’t meet our bodies’ need for movements.

A movement-based lifestyle is one that keeps all of you moving—from your arms and legs to your microbiome—gives you large doses of “Vitamin Nature,” and “Vitamin Community.” It is the addition of movement back into life.”

Read more by going to A Day in the Life


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