Nicole has a bachelor's degree in health promotion and education, specializing in exercise and fitness, from the University of Cincinnati. There, she received national recognition from the American Association of Health Educators as a student major of the year. Nicole holds several fitness certifications, including AFAA Group Fitness Instruction, Spinning, Prenatal and Postpartum Exercise Design, and EFI Sports Medicine (Group and Personal Training).
Her practical experience working as a health and fitness writer, exercise instructor, and personal trainer has allowed her to help athletes, students, and even seniors achieve their fitness goals. She has designed and taught health programs on the topics of eating disorders, body image and self-acceptance, strength training for women, exercise for seniors, and prenatal exercise. She has also contributed to newspapers and magazines, and appeared on FOX and CBS news programs as a fitness expert.
Coach Nicole is SparkPeople's editor and content manager.