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, we set a goal. By the year 2035, the obesity epidemic will be over, and the fitness profession will have substantially contributed. Thus ACE calls for systemic change in 10 areas.

1. Proactive Involvement from Local Leaders
2. Greater Access and Innovation in Fitness
3. Fitness In the Workplace
4. Federal Funding that Supports LivableCommunities
5. More Collaboration Among Fitness and Healthcare Organizations
6. Healthier Choices and Education
7. Greater Inclusiveness to Encourage Fitness for All
8. Academic Involvement
9. Engagement with Low-Income Communities
10. Leverage Private Funds and Contributions


From Our President

In my 14 years at ACE, I can’t remember a more interesting time for this organization or our industry. ACE is fortunate to see our organization stretched and tested as rapid changes occur in the way our nation thinks about health and fitness. We hold a unique opportunity to boldly lead.

ACE seeks an invitation for our professionals – health coaches, personal trainers, advanced health and fitness specialists and group fitness instructors – to a much larger table. The pressure that the obesity epidemic is placing on the nation’s healthcare system and economy is driving interest in new ways of tending to the health of our nation’s people. Our healthcare ecosystem is slowly beginning to acknowledge that prevention may indeed be the best answer.

It’s a tremendous opportunity. It’s time to reach beyond the gym walls and the long-committed fit and to bring our know-how to exponentially more people, those at risk of obesity and those already victims of it. With smart, science-based, sensitive programming, we can place far more people on the path to sustainable good health. This idea is new, different, and to some in our space, uncertain. Yet it is our new imperative.

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 25 years, we have become an established resource for health and fitness professionals, and the public, providing comprehensive, unbiased, scientific research impacting the fitness industry 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 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.

Impact Report

Download the Impact Report 2014 for more information about ACE and its efforts to help people live its most fit lives.

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