Who’s Who in SeniorFitness
Jim Evans is a 43-year veteran of the health and fitness industry and internationally recognized consultant specializing in fitness for seniors. For seven years he was host of the popular radio talk show “Forever Young” on San Diego’s KCBQ 1170 AM focusing on issues of health, fitness, and quality of life for older adults. He is a member of the Visionary Board for the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), focusing exclusively on the health and wellness of adults 50 years and older. Association members include people working within senior housing and retirement communities, recreation, academia, government agencies, and fitness and rehabilitation centers.
For nine years Jim served as chairman of the advisory board for the San Diego Retired & Senior Volunteer Program overseeing the fundraising and volunteer activities of more than 2,700 older adults at more than 250 worksites in San Diego (California) County.
Jim has been published in dozens of magazines and newspapers over the years including Successful Retirement, 55 & Fine, Good Age, Economic Community, Living Better, Men’s Exercise, Motor Home, Under the Sun, Senior Life San Diego, Club and Resort Business, Exercise for Men Only, Iron Man, and many, many more. His editorials have appeared in the San Diego Business Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, Des Moines Register, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and others. He is the author of “Senior Health & Fitness,” a monthly column published in more than 750 markets across the country (since 1992) and is a popular and well-known speaker available for speaking engagements through World Class Speakers & Entertainers.
Dr. Knopf is a long-time member of the Senior Fitness Association National Advisory Board. “Dr. Karl” — as his students affectionately call him — has been involved in the health and fitness area for the disabled and for mature adults for more than 30 years. Currently he is the coordinator of the Adaptive Fitness Therapy Program at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California.
In the past Dr. Knopf has been a consultant for numerous grants, including National Institutes of Health grants. He is a frequent guest on the PBS “Sit and Be Fit” television series; has served as advisor to the State of California on fitness for the disabled; and has been featured in the LA Times, the Wall Street Journal, and other major publications discussing the benefits of physical activity for older adults.
Dr. Knopf is the author of more than 10 books, including the following titles published by Ulysses Press: Stretching for 50 Plus, Weights for 50 Plus, and Sports Conditioning for 50 Plus. His latest book is the Healthy Hips Handbook (2010), which is also published by Ulysses Press.
Jan Montague is a strong voice for wellness and quality of life among older adults. She is Vice President for Whole-person Wellness Solutions Inc., a for-profit division of Life Enriching Communities in Cincinnati, Ohio. Jan was recruited by Life Enriching Communities (LEC) to further its effort to create a learning, teaching, and consulting whole-person-wellness environment. This environment can impact not only LEC’s residents and staff, but also – through consultations, management, and research with various national wellness partners – throughout the nation.
Jan has devoted her entire professional life to wellness and health promotion. Early in her career, she owned and managed a chain of fitness centers. Continuing to expand the dimensions of wellness beyond the physical to the whole person, she implemented and directed a state-of-the-art wellness center at a senior living community, Maple Knoll Village, in Cincinnati, OH. Knowing that other communities had similar needs, she began a consulting company and worked with more than 100 such communities in their efforts toward wellness. In the process, she collaborated with fitness equipment companies, health clubs, hospitals, physical therapy companies, and large architectural firms, developing wellness centers and programs that truly serve the whole person.
Jan obtained a BS in Applied Sociology from Northern Kentucky University and was honored to be accepted by the Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, obtaining her Master’s of Gerontological Studies (MGS) degree in 1992. She has conducted collaborative research with gerontology professors at both of these universities, as well as with researchers at the University of Cincinnati, Ball State Fisher Institute on Aging, Manchester College, Cal State Fullerton, and the Mather Institute on Aging.
In 1997, Ms. Montague received the Professional Achievement Award from Northern Kentucky University. She received the Cottrell Distinguished Alumni Award from Scripps Gerontology Center in 2007. Jan serves on several national and international advisory boards and has authored numerous articles for professional journals focusing on whole-person wellness and optimal aging.
Laura Gladwin, MS, MAFP, has a strong record of making things happen in the field of senior fitness.
Laura Gladwin earned her bachelor’s degree in physical education from Michigan State University and her master’s degree with specialties in gerontology and exercise physiology from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF).
A respected author, presenter and mentor, Laura is the owner of LGA Consulting in Marana, Arizona, specializing in wellness educational program development and implementation. As chair of the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) Education Advisory Board, she oversees all of AFAA’s educational programs. She is the editor-in-chief for the AFAA textbooks Fitness: Theory & Practice (3rd, 4th and 5th editions) and Personal Fitness Training: Theory & Practice (1st and 2nd editions).
Laura is a fellow of the National Board of Fitness Examiners and a coalition member of the National Standards for Preparing Senior Fitness Instructors and the International Curriculum Guidelines for Preparing Physical Activity Instructors of Older Adults.
Previously, Laura served as an advisory board member for ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal; associate professor at CSUF; and special advisor to the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. She currently teaches exercise classes at Heritage Highlands, an active adult community located in the Dove Mountain community of Marana, Arizona.
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