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ACE Appoints Program Director for Operation FitKids

San Diego, Calif. –March 17, 2003- The American Council on Exercise (ACE), America’s nonprofit fitness advocate, today announced that Deirdre Kleske has joined ACE as Program Director for Operation Fit Kids (OFK), ACE’s youth outreach program.

Kleske is responsible for directing and implementing ACE’s goal to improve the health and fitness of America's young people by providing information about safe and effective physical activity to youth, their parents, educators and fitness professionals. Since its inception in 1991, OFK has provided more than $6 million in fitness equipment to schools and youth facilities.

Prior to joining ACE, Kleske worked as executive director and in public relations for the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation, a San Diego nonprofit. Her previous experience also includes nine years in fundraising and volunteer management for the San Diego Humane Society.

“We are dedicated to empowering today’s youth with an outlet for a fit and healthy lifestyle,” said Ken Germano, president of ACE and founder of Operation FitKids. “Deirdre’s experience and outstanding commitment to promoting fitness for children are invaluable assets for the success of our program.”

Kleske has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University. She resides in Allied Gardens with her husband, Andrew, and two young daughters.

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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 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.