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Spotlight On: Jacob Shaw

Program: Exercise Science
Wellness Director
Senior Services Plus
Class of 2014

Senior Services Plus Wellness Director Jacob Shaw teaches medical fitness over commercial fitness to all of his clients. It’s what he learned as a student in L&C’s Exercise Science program, and it’s a lesson he will continue to pass onto clients. 

“Be mindful of where your information comes from and be aware of the many biases and fallacies regarding health and wellness,” Shaw said. 

Shaw, 31, of Hartford, graduated in Fall 2014 with an Associate in Science and an Associate in Applied Science in Exercise Science. He currently holds certifications in Mental Health First Aid, prior ACSM-cpt, and is continuing his education at Brown’s School of Business at Washington University in performance management.

He’s been with Senior Services Plus for five years now, having started as a part-time personal trainer. Most recently, he was instrumental in the planning and opening of SSP’s new 10,000-square foot Wellness Center, located at 2603 North Rodgers Ave., in Alton. Since its opening, the center has seen tremendous membership growth, both among seniors and younger adults, he said.

L&C Exercise Science Program Coordinator Shane Callahan said the field of Exercise Science is on the verge of change and is growing nationwide. L&C’s program focuses on research, data, evidence-based interventions and real behavioral changes that need to be adopted when adapting to a healthier lifestyle.

“Learning not only about the field of exercise science, but also learning how to conduct myself in the business world and how to properly track and document information has given me the tools to be not only an effective fitness professional, but a motivator and, some would say, a strong leader,” Shaw said. “Much of what I learned in school was immediately applicable to my job right out of college, because I was blessed to be able to immediately start work in my desired field.”

To learn more about L&C’s Exercise Science program, contact Callahan at (618) 468-4182 or