FUNdamentals in FUNctional FITness
by Nikki Carrion, MA
Co-Owner,
FitXpress LLC
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NIKKI CARRION, MA
Co-Owner; FitXpress
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Nikki Carrion is co-owner of Fit Xpress
Consulting Services in Waterloo, IA.  
She has over 25 years of experience
in the field of health promotion and
says her passion for her work comes
from her desire to practice preventive
health and promote positive lifestyle
changes.  Although she works with a
wide variety of ages, from college
students to older adults, she says her
focus is on empowering older adults
to higher levels of functional fitness.   

Nikki has a graduate degree in
Community Health Education with an
emphasis in Gerontology from the
University of Northern Iowa.  She also
has a number of certifications
including balance training, chronic
disease self- management, exercise
for hip & knee replacements, group
exercise instruction, personal
training, yoga and pilates.

EDUCATION:

  • MA; Community Health
    Education.  University of
    Northern IA.  Emphasis in
    Gerontology.

CERTIFICATIONS:  

  • Enhance Fitness Master
    Trainer ~ University of
    Washington, WA.
  • Chronic Disease Self-
    management Master Trainer
    ~ Stanford University, CA.
  • Balance Trainer ~ Cal State
    Fullerton, CA.
  • Personal Trainer / Fitness,
    Yoga & Pilates Instruction ~
    Nat'l Exercise Trainers
    Association
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ABOUT NIKKI
RESOURCE BOX

Nikki Carrion’s primary
passion and mission is to
empower older adults to
higher levels of functional
fitness.  Besides the Relax &
Breathe CEU module,
FitXpress has a series of
chair exercise DVDs as well
as a training module for
activity professionals.  
FitXpress methods are safe
and effective AND
demonstrate how to put the
FUN into FUNction!
For more information go to:
http://www.fitxpress.com
check out the product page.
Empower yourself with
FitXpress!!  
Contact:
nikki@fitxpress.com
or call 319-404-4219.  
“Life’s Simple 7” Success Plan

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), more than 1 in 3 Americans have at
least one type of cardiovascular disease—including high blood pressure, coronary
heart disease, heart failure or stroke. However, many report their heart health to be
"ideal".  In fact, 4-in-10 Americans surveyed say their heart health is “ideal” AND report
not being aware of their risk factors. More than half of those who reported having “ideal”
heart health admit that a health professional has told them in the past that they have a
risk factor for heart disease or that they should change their lifestyle for the purpose of
improved heart health.  Regardless of whether you believe your heart is in great shape
or not, consider the AHA’s seven-step plan to ward off cardiovascular disease; “Life’s
Simple 7”.  The AHA says knowing, understanding and taking appropriate action in
relation to Life’s Simple 7 can save your life.   

Life’s Simple 7 are…
1.        Blood Pressure
2.        Blood Cholesterol
3.        Blood Sugar
4.        Smoking Status
5.        Healthy Weight
6.        Physical Activity
7.        Healthy Diet

To learn more, and/or to do a self- assessment, go to
www.heart.org/mylifecheck

Our responsibility as professionals caring for others (e.g. resident/patients) is to take
good care of ourselves first so we are not only willing…but able to do so.  

By 2020 the AHA hopes to reduce the number of deaths from CV disease in America by
20% and to improve the CV health of Americans by 20% using the ife’s Simple 7 Plan.  
If this hope becomes a reality…300,000lives will be saved that year alone.
Visit
www.fitxpress.com for chair exercise DVDs designed specifically for older adults
and/or those who may have limitations.  Questions?  Call 1-800-481-7449