ABOUT US Health Foundation

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Our Mission

Mission – The United States Health Foundation will strive to provide the most current and relevant health and fitness education and training to individuals, corporations, and communities whose desire is to live a healthier lifestyle. We will promote active lifestyles combined with proper nutrition and education for optimal health.

Who Are We?

The United States Health Foundation is comprised of health and fitness professionals whose main focus is educating others about healthy choices in nutrition, physical activity, disease prevention, and wellness.

OUR Course Instructors

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Sandy Bates
Instructor

Sanford “Sandy” Bates earned his graduate degree in Exercise Physiology from George Williams College in 1986, specializing in Preventive and Rehabilitative Cardiovascular Health. His Master’s Thesis was “A Survey of Athletic Injuries in Triathletes” and was published in the book, “The Science of Triathlon Training and Competition”, by Dr Glenn Town.

Sandy has over 35 years of experience in health and wellness working in rehabilitative settings such as physical therapy and cardiac rehabilitation and preventive settings such as health clubs, YMCA’s and corporate and school board wellness programs.

Sandy is the President and sole owner of the United States Health Foundation, Inc. in Lakeland, Florida. Sandy has held management positions with “The Spine Center” at Florida Orthopaedic Institute, Rehab Health Partners, Performance Physical Therapy, YMCA of West Central Florida, Tampa YMCA, Lifestyle Family Fitness and the exclusive Spa at Palm Aire in Pompano Beach, Florida. Sandy worked for the Polk County School Board developing and implementing the nationally recognized Diabetes Management Program among other health and wellness screening programs.

Sandy is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and has been certified through ASCM as a Certified Health Fitness Specialist. Sandy was adjunct faculty at Polk State College instructing Wellness Concepts. He sat on the advisory committee for Sports Medicine and Fitness Technology Department at Keiser University, Lakeland campus. Sandy worked closely with Polk Vision in the  Building a Healthier Polk” collaboration to help lower the obesity rate in Polk County, Florida.

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Greg Benson
Instructor

Greg has been in the field of physical therapy since 1996 starting as a Rehabilitation Exercise Specialist at HealthSouth. Greg completed his Master’s Degree in Exercise Science in 2001 followed by a Bachelor’s Degree in business and a A.S. as a Physical Therapist Assistant. He recently earned his M.Ed in education and teaches in his local school system.

Greg wrote his first book/CEU class called “The Fundamentals of Sports and Fitness Training”. He followed with several other books, including “Function-A-Ball”, “101 Things to do with a Gait Belt”, and co-wrote the health coaching certification manual for United States Health Foundation.

Since 2000, Greg has taught over 450 CEU classes nationwide.