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SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Sept. 18, 2002 –The American Council on Exercise (ACE), America’s nonprofit fitness advocate, today announced its professional service alliance with the Medical Fitness Association (MFA). MFA, an organization dedicated to preventative healthcare, has named ACE as one of their preferred certification and education providers for more than 350 facilities.

Culminating at the 8th Annual MFA Conference, Oct. 9 – 12, 2002 in Chicago, IL, ACE will work with MFA to inform, promote, and define industry-wide standards of professional excellence by administering the Clinical Exercise Specialist Exam and assisting in the review and development of MFA's Practice Guidelines as a MFA Strategic Alliance/Advisory Member.

“This relationship provides a vast networking and educational opportunity, we hope to serve as an effective advocate of MFA and through this alliance continue to promote education and enhanced professional development opportunities for all certified fitness professionals,” said Cedric Bryant, Ph.D., FACSM, and chief exercise physiologist/vice president of educational services for ACE.

MFA is the first, and only, medical fitness association to provide valuable resources to the medical fitness industry since 1991 and increase public awareness of the benefits of medical fitness.

“ACE brings the highest quality of education and certification to MFA members,” said Cary Wing, Ed.D., executive director of Medical Fitness Association. “The ACE/MFA relationship is just another example of MFA's commitment to its members to develop strategic alliances that will enhance member benefits and MFA's ability to grow.”

For more information on MFA’s 8th Annual Conference, visit

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The American Council on Exercise (ACE), America’s Authority on Fitness, is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the benefits of physical activity and protecting consumers against unsafe and ineffective fitness products and instruction. As the nation’s “workout watchdog,” ACE sponsors university-based exercise science research and testing that targets fitness products and trends. ACE sets standards for fitness professionals 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 Web site at

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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 health and fitness professionals, and the public, providing comprehensive, unbiased research and validating ourselves as the country's trusted authority on health and fitness.

Today, ACE is the largest nonprofit health and fitness certification, education and training organization in the world with more than 58,000 certified professionals who hold more than 64,000 ACE Certifications. With a long heritage in certification, education, training and public outreach, we are among the most respected organizations in the industry and a resource the public has come to trust for health and fitness education.