SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Feb. 2, 2011)—The American Council on Exercise (ACE), America’s leading authority on fitness and the largest nonprofit fitness certification, education and training organization in the world, today announced an expansion of its “Find an ACE Trainer” initiative within the AARP Fitness & Wellness Program for AARP members. AARP is the leading nonprofit, nonpartisan social welfare organization for people age 50 and over in the United States. As an integral component of ACE’s nationwide campaign to eliminate obesity, this opportunity makes new benefits and discounts available to America’s fastest growing population segment.
As part of this expanded collaboration, AARP members will receive a 20 percent discount on personal fitness and group exercise programs with qualified ACE-certified fitness professionals in their local area. They will also have the choice of selecting a discounted one-on-one session with a trainer, or participating with friends and family in semi-private or group fitness classes – a way to make fitness available and community-oriented for this important population. Additionally, AARP members will receive a 20 percent discount on all ACE material if interested in taking steps to become an ACE-certified professional.
“Broadening our relationship with AARP is a substantial milestone for ACE, as we can now present our expansive network of nearly 50,000 professionals the opportunity to work with an ever-growing population that will benefit both trainer and AARP clientele,” says Scott Goudeseune, ACE president and CEO. “We are thrilled to be able to help our certified professionals grow their businesses and are equally as pleased to give AARP members the chance to work with a certified fitness professional, accredited by a third-party organization, that can help them maintain positive health and achieve their fitness goals in a safe environment and at a special discount. Our goal is to help people remain physically fit at all stages of their lives through a sound fitness regimen, a key factor we strongly believe will also help us attain our goal of eliminating obesity in America.”
Effective immediately, all ACE-certified professionals who enroll in the “Find an ACE Trainer” initiative within the AARP Fitness & Wellness Program will have the opportunity to bring fitness training to AARP members through this collaborative effort. Qualified ACE-certified fitness professionals that participate in the expanded program have the opportunity to set their own prices and work directly with AARP members. Trainers are accessible through www.aarpfitness.com so AARP members can easily find qualified trainers locally. In addition, participating ACE-certified fitness professionals will receive 0.2 eCredits to use towards continuing education courses upon enrolling in the program.
“AARP encourages its members and everyone over 50 to live healthy and keep fit,” adds David Mathis, senior vice president of health products and services at AARP Services, Inc., AARP’s for-profit subsidiary. “We are happy to continue the relationship with the American Council on Exercise and, through this collaboration, give our members an affordable way to meet their personal health and wellness goals.”
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan social welfare organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world’s largest-circulation magazine with over 35.1 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news sources for AARP’s millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
About AARP Services
AARP Services, Inc., founded in 1999, is a wholly-owned taxable subsidiary of AARP. AARP Services manages the provider relationships for and performs quality control oversight of the wide range of products and services that carry the AARP name and are made available by independent providers as benefits to AARP’s millions of members. The provider offers currently span health products, financial products, travel and leisure products and life event services. Specific products include Medicare supplemental insurance; credit cards, auto and home, mobile home and motorcycle insurance, life insurance and annuities; member discounts on rental cars, cruises, vacation packages and lodging; special offers on technology and gifts; pharmacy services; legal services; and long-term care insurance. AARP Services also engages in new product development activities for AARP and provides certain consulting services to outside companies.
About The ACE
The American Council on Exercise (ACE), American’s premier certification, education and training organization, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the benefits of physician activity and protecting consumers against unsafe and ineffective fitness products and instruction. ACE sponsors university-based exercise science research and is the world’s largest nonprofit fitness certifying organization. For more information on ACE and its programs, call (800) 825-3636 or log onto the ACE website at www.acefitness.org.