American College of Wellness gives you the opportunity to differentiate yourself from other professionals in the wellness industry. The Certified Wellness Specialist (CWS) certification recognizes your continuing education and desire to stay up-to-date on best practice. The Certified Obesity Management Specialist (COMS) certification signifies that you have taken our board certified course and are prepared to care for anyone who falls out of the healthy weight zone.

About the Editor

Amy Blansit founded the American College of Wellness in spring 2003; she and the Executive Advisor Board continue to manage and expand ACW today. She has help lead the association to increased membership, advanced continuing education, and national presence at conferences and forums. Ms. Blansit works as a consultant to many businesses nationally, assisting them in development and continuing education. She began her career in wellness and weight management as the Employee Wellness Coordinator for Missouri State University. She expanded her experience as the Chief Association Officer for American Association of Integrative Medicine (AAIM) and Director of Conference Planning for the American Psychotherapy Association (APA). During her employment with AAIM and APA she founded the American College of Wellness and began the process towards creating the Board Certified Obesity Management Specialist, COMS program. The development of COMS is a result of Ms. Blansit working with an unaddressed obese population with co-workers who had little formal training. COMS is a multidisciplinary program created in collaboration with many health professionals to help standardize care of the morbidly obese population. Since the inception of ACW, Ms. Blansit served as the Weight Management Coordinator for St. John’s Health Systems (Mercy Health Systems) in Springfield, MO for seven years. She continues to work with Mercy as lead exercise physiologist for metabolic exercise stress testing. Ms. Blansit is an adjunct instructor at Drury University and Missouri State University in the Exercise Science programs. She also teaches for Pinnacle Career Institute and University of Phoenix. Her current role is the Director of Campus Wellness & Fitness and Drury University. She has assisted the University in becoming a tobacco-free campus, expand the student bike rental program, and worked in collaboration with Cleveland Clinic to develop a certificate program available to Drury University students. Ms. Blansit graduated Cum Laude and received a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Physiology with Honors from Drury University. She also minored in Global Studies and Religion. She was a graduate assistant in the Human Performance Lab and received a Masters Degree from Adelphi University in Exercise Physiology. During her education, she designed, led, and published studies on Obesity and Weight Management in Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Patients and the Cardiovascular Effects of Hatha Yoga. She is a certified ACSM Clinical Exercise Specialist and ACSM Health Fitness Specialist. She is a member of the National Wellness Institute, Partners in Prevention, and a board member of the Medical Wellness Association. Ms. Blansit is very involved in her local community, serving on several committees to address and slow the rate of childhood obesity.