ISSA Furthers its Strategic Expansion into Health & Wellness with the Acquisition of Empowered Education’s Health Coach Institute and Functional Nutrition Alliance Businesses

PHOENIX, Oct. 10, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), the number one certifier of personal trainers, has achieved a significant milestone with the acquisition of Empowered Education, an industry leader in functional nutrition, health coaching, and life coaching. This strategic addition to ISSA furthers its commitment to inspiring 100 million individuals toward the power of healthy living by 2030.

Empowered Education is the parent company of the Health Coaching Institute and Functional Nutrition Alliance. With a legacy spanning over a decade, Empowered Education has been a trailblazer in the realms of functional nutrition, health and life coaching.

“Empowered Education, a demonstrated leader in the health coach, life coach and functional nutrition industry through the Health Coach Institute and the Functional Nutrition Alliance, has changed people’s lives through practical client coaching in healthier living,” said Andrew Wyant, CEO and President of ISSA. “By combining our success in fitness with nutrition and behavior change, we will transform ISSA into a holistic health and wellness company, inspiring millions more to live healthier, happier lives.”

Building upon last year’s acquisition of the Functional Aging Institute and recent program launches at ISSA of its own health coaching course, and premier Yoga Alliance® approved 200-hour Yoga certification course, ISSA remains strategically focused on expanding its reach to businesses, professionals and individuals across the fitness, wellness and health continuum.

The addition of health coaching, life coaching and functional nutrition curriculum to ISSA’s strong library of courses, combined with the deep domain expertise of the authors and brand reputation of the Health Coach Institute and Functional Nutrition Alliance, position ISSA as the most comprehensive source of fitness and wellness training in the industry.

Key highlights of the ISSA acquisition of Empowered Education include:

  • Synergistic Vision: The union of ISSA and Empowered Education introduces complimentary brands, industry-leading curricula, and a shared dedication to empowering healthier lives. This synergy will enable ISSA to unveil an expanded range of courses that cater to evolving consumer needs.
  • Collaborative Experience: The acquisition will integrate the talented teams from both organizations, fostering a collaborative team where expertise and best practices can be shared. This sharing of knowledge will not only accelerate innovation but also contribute to a seamless transition for students and partners.
  • Student-Centric Approach: Students remain at the center of ISSA’s business, and this acquisition is aimed at delivering even greater value to them. The organization remains committed to maintaining the highest standards of quality, reliability, and support that ISSA and Empowered Education are known for individually.
  • Enlarged Community Base: Addition of more than 36,000 members of the Health Coach Institute and Functional Nutrition Alliance to ISSA’s existing base of more than 500,000 students in its history creates a unique community for future collaboration and learning.

“With ISSA’s robust platform and our collective expertise, I trust that we will supercharge Functional Nutrition Alliance’s offerings, bring new and exciting learning experiences to our students and community, and most importantly, make a larger positive impact in the world.” shared Andrea Nakayama, Founder of the Functional Nutrition Alliance.

“This is not just a business transaction; it is a fusion of visions and missions,” added Carey Peters, co-founder of the Health Coach Institute. “ISSA is a renowned leader with an impressive track record in online learning and professional certification.”

Reiterating the sentiment, Stacey Morgenstern, co-founder of the Health Coach Institute, shared, “Under ISSA’s leadership, both the Health Coach Institute and Functional Nutrition are poised to impact even more lives. What particularly stands out is ISSA’s collaborative ethos—forging ties with over 10,000 gyms and universities to ensure job placement to qualifying graduates. This is a game-changer and we are thrilled for the impact this partnership will have on helping millions of people live healthier, happier lives.”

About International Sports Sciences Association

International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) is the global leader in online fitness and wellness certifications. For 35 years, ISSA has been committed to delivering comprehensive, cognitive, and practical education grounded in industry research. Rooted in Certified Personal Training certifications, ISSA offers over 50 fitness and wellness certifications and specializations, including a Yoga Alliance-recognized Yoga 200-Hour Teacher Training Course, Certified Personal Training en Español, Health Coaching, Nutrition, and more. ISSA was the first personal training certification and is now the #1 certifier of personal trainers.  ISSA has educated nearly half a million trainers across 176 countries while driving toward their vision to connect 100 million people to the power of healthy living by 2030.

About Empowered Education

Empowered Education has trained more than 36,000 coaches and practitioners around the world in a new healthcare paradigm that is fundamentally changing the landscape of health and how we treat lifestyle disease. Through our online training programs and live events, our graduates are equipped to work directly with clients or patients, or partner with doctors and allied functional medicine professionals. Our practitioners work to identify the root cause of illness and provide their patients with the critical support and our coaches provide the accountability clients need to make lasting transformation and thrive in health and life.  Empowered Education is the parent company of Health Coach Institute and Functional Nutrition Alliance — the leading online schools for health coaches and wellness practitioners.

Tami Nealy

SOURCE International Sports Sciences Association