In support of our efforts to advance the fitness profession, ACE became a founding member of the Coalition for the Registration of Exercise Professionals (CREP). The non-profit 501(c)(6) which is composed of organizations that offer NCCA-accredited exercise certification programs will advocate for health and fitness professionals who hold current NCCA-accredited certifications on issues that pertain to regulation, access to practice and scope of work; and recognition as a health provider for practitioners who have passed a competency-based fitness certification exam accredited by the NCCA. The organization will also maintain the United States Registry of Exercise Professionals (USREPS), an internationally recognized registry of exercise professionals who hold NCCA-accredited exercise certifications in the United States. For more information please visit: www.usreps.org
ACE President and CEO Scott Goudeseune serves as president for NCPPA’s Board of Directors. NCPPA is a leading force in the country promoting physical activity and fitness initiatives among diverse segments of the population. In 2013, ACE served on a team of groups organizing and participating in the Economics of Physical Activity Forum at the Pew Charitable Trust in Washington, DC. The organization gathers forward-thinking economists, thought leaders and policy analysts to discuss economic issues related to physical activity across the United States and what opportunities exist for research, policy and practice. The organization has also continued to build on the CEO Pledge, a commitment by business leaders nationwide to add physical activity opportunities to their workplaces. ACE has continued to assist NCPPA as an active participant in its Membership, Business/Industry and Policy committees.
ACE President and CEO Scott Goudeseune serves as a member of the Campaign to End Obesity’s (CEO) board of directors. CEO brings together preeminent thinkers and leaders from across industry, academia and public health to provide information and guidance that decision-makers need to make policy changes that will reverse obesity, one of the nation’s costliest and most prevalent diseases.
ACE is a founding member of the National Physical Activity Plan, and participated with other health and fitness organizations to promote a comprehensive set of policies and programs directed at increasing physical activity in the United States. The plan sets out specific objectives for eight segments of society including health care, public health, education, business, media, parks and recreation, transportation and community design, and nonprofits.
The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) is the largest accreditor of educational programs in the health sciences field. The Committee on the Accreditation of Exercise Sciences (CoAES) is a committee within CAAHEP that focuses specifically on accrediting exercise science programs and personal training academic programs in colleges and universities. The organization’s standards help ensure that students are adequately prepared to earn an NCCA-accredited certification and serve as safe and effective health and fitness professionals. ACE assisted in revising the group’s standards to allow accreditation of two-year, community college programs. Involvement with CoAES is one more way ACE is safeguarding the public and protecting the integrity of qualified health and fitness professionals.
The Aspen Institute is an education and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. In February 2014, ACE co-sponsored and participated in a roundtable on youth sports safety in which approximately 25 leaders from sports medicine, exercise science and youth sports shared their expertise on key health and safety issues in youth, and perspectives from new collaborations between sport and medical/health bodies. The dialogue will provide insights that inform the recommendations made in the report (in late 2014) on Project Play, Aspen Institute’s two-year initiative that includes a series of roundtable discussions to address the barriers that limit children’s access to sport activity.
In January 2014, ACE Chief Science Officer Cedric Bryant participated in the first meeting of the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Obesity Solutions Roundtable. The roundtable was established by the IOM to engage leadership from multiple sectors needed to solve the obesity crisis, and includes representatives from industry, government, education, health care, academia, diverse nonprofits and philanthropy who work together to create environmental, policy and societal changes. Through meetings, public workshops, background papers, and innovation collaboratives, the roundtable fosters an ongoing dialogue about critical and emerging implementation, policy, and research issues to accelerate and sustain progress in obesity prevention and care. ACE is participating in two key innovation collaboratives to stimulate specific actions in areas of obesity prevention where implementation gaps and challenges exist: prevention and management of obesity in the clinical/community setting and physical activity in youth.
The Osteoarthritis (OA) Action Alliance is a national coalition of concerned organizations mobilized by the Arthritis Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The coalition is committed to elevating OA as a national health priority and promoting effective policy solutions that aim to address the individual and national toll of OA. In January 2014, ACE Chief Science Officer Cedric Bryant was co-chair of the OA Alliance Physical Activity Working Group. The workgroup is comprised of a variety of organizations focused on or interested in physical activity, representing a variety of sectors including public health, health care, sports, recreation and fitness. Its members work to advance the recommendations outlined in A National Public Health Agenda for Osteoarthritis. The workgroup goal is to increase physical activity and reduce physical inactivity among all adults with osteoarthritis and it believes physical activity participation among individuals afflicted with osteoarthritis should be advocated.
Joining Forces is a comprehensive national initiative that provides ways for Americans to give back to members of the Armed Forces and their families. ACE has spearheaded an effort among health and fitness professionals, business and organizations to provide free one-on-one and group fitness instructors for military families. To date, 119,000 service hours have been donated to actively deployed military Reservists and National Guard units, and their families.