Subsidized Personal Trainer Certification for Residential Dependency Community (Health & Wellness)

Residents of dependency programs receive personal trainer certification and implement fitness programs for marginalized communities.

This idea will lead to a more prosperous Cincinnati by:
-Creating a source of income for populations transitioning from dependency to self-sufficiency.
-Reducing obesity which in turn reduces the drag on our public health system, freeing money for less remedial services and economic development .

This idea is different because:
-It creates fitness programs led by certified trainers outside of more affluent communities where they are usually located.
-It empowers those emerging from dependent situations to become certified trainers with the knowledge and skill to serve marginalized and other communities.
-It provides social service agencies with a job training program which can take place independently and in a decentralized fashion.

This idea will make a difference by:
-Addressing the problem of obesity in Greater Cincinnati which increased from 22% in 1999 to 31% in 2010 (Health Foundation of Cincinnati), especially by providing fitness programming for those living in poverty who are more than twice as likely to be obese as others and have less access to parks and other fitness facilities (American Diabetes Association, 2011).
-Addressing the lack of upward economic mobility recently identified as a problem in Cincinnati (Cincinnati Enquirer, July 24, 2013).

This idea inspires others by:
-Breaking the socio-economic barrier between affluent and dependent communities to availability of high quality health related programming.

This idea has potential to become reality by:
-Providing several long term dependency programs such as City Gospel Mission, Joseph House and Anna Louise Inn, who already have job training and referral components, with additional training programs for residents.
-Providing training programs which fit easily within the average length of residency for existing dependency programs.
-Improving dramatically on existing fitness programs at dependency organizations such as City Gospel Mission’s road racing program “Step Forward”.
-Capitalizing on existing facilities and infrastructure with certification programs that do not require extensive training facilities and high tech equipment.

Grant funds would be put to use by:
-Subsidizing the cost of certification to become a personal trainer which costs $425 per person on average. Other less intensive certifications such as group fitness instructor, fitness nutrition coach or strength trainer cost less.
-Creating an administrative position which would coordinate certification training at several organizations and implement fitness classes open to the community.


Submitted by: David Rosenthal