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ACE Joins NSF Joint Committee on Health Fitness Facility Standards

Posted: August 26, 2008 in ACE Press Releases

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Aug. 26, 2008) – The American Council on Exercise (ACE), America’s nonprofit fitness advocate, is pleased to announce that is has been invited to be a member of the NSF Joint Committee on Health Fitness Facility Standards. NSF International, The Public Health and Safety Company™, is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization, that is the world leader in standards development, product certification, education, and risk-management for public health and safety.

This Joint Committee will be comprised of a diverse group of individuals representing stakeholders in the user, regulatory/public health, industry, and medicine/health sectors. The new facility accreditation standards are currently in the development process and will plan to contain recommendations on various components on facility design, from cleaning guidelines to court design specifications. ACE VP of Operations, Graham Melstrand will serve as a representative for the “Regulatory/Public Health” sector.

“We are pleased to be recognized as a leader in the industry that will help to establish standards to promote a high level of safety and accountability not only for fitness professionals but the facilities that they work in,” said Graham Melstrand, American Council on Exercise Vice President of Operations. “Once a facility meets the NSF Fitness Facility Guidelines, consumers should feel confident that they are working out in an environment that keeps them out of harm’s way.”

About NSF International

NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization, helps protect you by certifying products and writing standards for food, water and consumer goods ( Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment. Additional services include safety audits for the food and water industries, management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations, organic certification provided by Quality Assurance International and education through the NSF Center for Public Health Education.

About the American Council on Exercise (ACE)

The American Council on Exercise (ACE), your premier certification, education and training organization, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the benefits of physical activity and protecting consumers against unsafe and ineffective fitness products and instruction. ACE sponsors university-based exercise science research and is one of the world’s largest nonprofit fitness certifying organizations. 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 25 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.

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