Cornell McClellan, fitness consultant and personal trainer to the first family of the United States, spoke on “Taking the First Step to a Healthy Work/Life Balanceearlier in the month. McClellan was the keynote speaker during Illinois State University’s Science and Technology Week events.

McClellan is the owner of Naturally Fit, a training and wellness facility in Chicago. McClellan advocates a holistic approach to fitness that enhances the mind, strengthens the body, and nurtures the spirit. His passion for physical fitness began more than 30 years ago, first as a karate student and later as an instructor. His career has included coaching youth basketball, football, and wrestling. His experience in the sport of weightlifting set the stage for his entrance into personal training.

McClellan has served on the international board for Earth Save, an organization working to educate people about the benefits of a plant-based diet. He is also a member of Roots of Peace, a Chicago-based vegan group educating children and community members about the benefits of a vegan lifestyle. He is a recipient of the Fit to Serve Service Award, presented by the African-American Association of Fitness Professionals, and Creativity United, Inc.’s 2002 Award of Excellence.