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Message from Our President

Posted: Aug. 2014

Thank you for visiting the American Council on Exercise. At ACE, our team members and health and fitness professionals are united by an overarching goal: to help people live their most fit lives. As a dedicated 501(c)(3) organization, we seek to accomplish that goal by providing unbiased, evidenced-based health and fitness information to the public; through educating and certifying well-qualified fitness professionals, health coaches and other wellness experts worldwide; and by building bridges and forging relationships with others inside our industry and across the healthcare and workplace wellness spectrum that share our perspective.

On the front line of the national response to the obesity and healthcare crisis are more than 55,000 ACE Certified Professionals. These amazing individuals hold much more than just an NCCA accredited certification from the largest nonprofit educator, trainer and certifier in the world; they are part of a thriving network of health and fitness professionals making a contribution everyday toward eliminating the obesity epidemic and leading people all over the world to a better quality of life.

Together, bound by our commitment to this mission, we work to achieve long-term, healthy change in our communities through structured physical activity facilitated by professionals in schools, workplaces and a number of other places where people congregate. Additionally, these health coaches, personal trainers, group fitness instructors, and advanced health and fitness professionals provide behavior change support to help instill long-term healthy habits in others. ACE Professionals work to create change across the world in health and fitness facilities, hospitals, medical clinics, private homes and more.

I invite you to learn more about who we are as an organization, what we are working to accomplish, and the partners who are joining us on our mission. We hope you choose to participate in our endeavor to help vastly more people live their most fit lives.

Yours in health,
Scott Goudeseune
President and CEO

Our Mission

ACE's mission is to ensure people have access to well-qualified health and fitness professionals and health coaches, and science-based information and resources on safe and effective physical activity, so they may get active, establish healthy behaviors, and live their most fit lives.

Our Vision

ACE envisions a world in which obesity and other preventable lifestyle diseases are on the decline because people have been understood, educated, empowered, and granted responsibility to be physically active and committed to healthy choices. In 2011, ACE articulated a vision: by the year 2035, the obesity epidemic will be over, and the professionals we certify, support and represent will have substantially contributed.

What We Do

EDUCATE and certify thousands of fitness professionals annually, supporting them in providing safe and effective exercise instruction to millions of individuals.

DEVELOP and distribute publications, study materials, online courses, live workshops and university curriculum programs that provide comprehensive certification and continuing education solutions for individuals entering the health and fitness fields.

SERVE as America's Authority on Fitness® by equipping fitness professionals and consumers with credible information, resources and research on safe and effective exercise and fitness products, programs and trends.

CONNECT consumers with well qualified professionals, providing a partnership for consumers to be empowered to reach their health and fitness goals and a platform to discuss physical activity initiatives and policy.

BUILD collaborative relationships with leading advocates in the fitness and health industries, expanding our reach and working in cooperation with other organizations to support global health and fitness.

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About ACE

Founded in 1985, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) is a nonprofit organization committed to America's health and wellbeing. Over the past 30 years, we have become an established resource for both fitness professionals and consumers, providing comprehensive, unbiased, scientific research impacting the fitness industry and validating ourselves as the country's trusted authority on fitness.

Today, ACE is the largest nonprofit fitness certification, education and training organization in the world with 55,000 certified professionals who hold more than 60,000 ACE certifications. With a long heritage in certification, education, training and public outreach, we are among the most respected fitness organizations in the industry and a resource consumers have come to trust for health and fitness education.

Learn More

Get a more in-depth look at the work ACE has done in the past year, as well as the progress our country has made in responding to the obesity and chronic disease epidemics.

ACE 2014 Impact Report Download ▶ ACE 2015 Vision Report Download ▶
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