Professional & Continuing Studies

“I pursued UD’s Personal Fitness Trainer Course to complement my role as a fitness instructor and a graduate student in Behavioral Health and Nutrition at the University of Delaware.”

“Since becoming a fitness instructor, I’ve received many requests from people who want specialized training on an individual basis, so the personal trainer skill set and the Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) designation through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) is extremely relevant.”

“The certification is also relevant for my research, which is focused on nutrition-related chronic disease and physical inactivity. I seek to understand health perceptions along with motivators and barriers to health-seeking behavior among African American men. I also want to facilitate physical activity interventions and add to the body of research concerning this population.”

“My enthusiasm for this field really stems from team accountability and seeing people pursue physical fitness and other wellness activities. Coaching them though personal behavior change strategies using realistic goal-setting to improve overall well being is a victory in the game of life!”

Serita Porter teaches both employee and student fitness classes at the University of Delaware, is a full-time student, and works as a health profession advisor in UD’s Center for Health Profession Studies.