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Message from Our President

Posted: Aug. 2014

Thank you for visiting the American Council on Exercise. At ACE, our team members and health and fitness professionals are united by an overarching goal: to help people live their most fit lives. As a dedicated 501(c)(3) organization, we seek to accomplish that goal by providing unbiased, evidenced-based health and fitness information to the public; through educating and certifying well-qualified fitness professionals, health coaches and other wellness experts worldwide; and by building bridges and forging relationships with others inside our industry and across the healthcare and workplace wellness spectrum that share our perspective.

On the front line of the national response to the obesity and healthcare crisis are more than 65,000 ACE Certified Professionals. These amazing individuals hold much more than just an NCCA accredited certification from the largest nonprofit educator, trainer and certifier in the world; they are part of a thriving network of health and fitness professionals making a contribution everyday toward eliminating the obesity epidemic and leading people all over the world to a better quality of life.

Together, bound by our commitment to this mission, we work to achieve long-term, healthy change in our communities through structured physical activity facilitated by professionals in schools, workplaces and a number of other places where people congregate. Additionally, these health coaches, personal trainers, group fitness instructors, and advanced health and fitness professionals provide behavior change support to help instill long-term healthy habits in others. ACE Professionals work to create change across the world in health and fitness facilities, hospitals, medical clinics, private homes and more.

I invite you to learn more about who we are as an organization, what we are working to accomplish, and the partners who are joining us on our mission. We hope you choose to participate in our endeavor to help vastly more people live their most fit lives.

Yours in health,
Scott Goudeseune
President and CEO

Our Mission

ACE’s mission is to get people moving.

Our Vision

To be the leading non-profit advocate for achieving health through physical activity and other lifestyle changes by providing accessible NCCA-accredited certifications and scientifically rooted education to fitness professionals and health enthusiasts to significantly impact preventable, inactivity-related lifestyle diseases by 2035.

What We Do

EDUCATE and certify thousands of health and fitness professionals annually, supporting them in providing safe and effective exercise instruction to millions of individuals.

DEVELOP and distribute publications, continuing education and university curriculum programs that provide comprehensive certification and education solutions for individuals entering the health and fitness field and professionals building their expertise.

SERVE as America's Authority on Fitness® by equipping health and fitness professionals and the public with credible information, resources and research on safe and effective fitness products, programs and trends.

CONNECT members of the public with well-qualified health and fitness professionals so that they may be empowered to reach their health and fitness goals safely and effectively, and achieve greater quality of life.

BUILD collaborative relationships with policymakers nationwide and leaders in the health and fitness industry so that we may effectively advocate for a preventative system of health in which people from all walks of life have greater access to physical activity experiences.

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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 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 65,000 certified professionals who hold more than 72,000 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.

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