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ACE Partners with the American Heart Association
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Training Offered

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - August 26, 2003 - The American Council on Exercise (ACE), America’s nonprofit fitness advocate, today announced a strategic partnership with the American Heart Association to provide Automated External Defibrillator (AED), CPR and First Aid training to ACE course offerings.

In conjunction with the American Heart Association, more than 50 ACE faculty and staff members will be trained as Heartsaver First Aid/CPR/AED-certified instructors. This group will then provide the instruction needed to train and qualify all existing ACE-certified fitness professionals, as well as all newly ACE-certified fitness professionals in the near future.

AEDs are portable devices that use built-in computers to analyze and interpret an individual’s heart rhythm, and identify abnormal rhythms that need defibrillation. They provide electric shocks that can stop the erratic heart rhythms, allowing a normal heartbeat to resume. With no intervention, a cardiac arrest victim will die within approximately 10 – 12 minutes.

“By adding AED and First Aid training to our educational offerings, we can help to insure that our fitness professionals have all of the tools they need to provide immediate emergency response for their clients in their critical time of need,” says Ken Germano, president of ACE. “By joining with the American Heart Association, we add to our commitment to uphold the most exacting professional standards in the fitness industry.”

In November of 2003, ACE will begin offering an 8-hour American Heart Association--approved Heartsaver First Aid/CPR/AED training course to existing ACE-certified fitness professionals in 10 cities across the country with a goal to ultimately have all new and renewing ACE certified fitness professionals AED certified.

“The partnership between the American Heart Association and ACE will increase the number of people who are trained with the latest science-based information to save lives,” said Robin McCune, ECC National Accounts Director, American Heart Association. “Members of fitness clubs and centers across the country can feel secure that ACE-certified fitness professionals not only can develop and guide their fitness programs, but also are prepared to save their lives if necessary.”

About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association spent about $389 million during fiscal year 2001-2002 on research support, public and professional education, and community programs. The organization has grown to include more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters who carry out its mission in communities across the country. The association is the largest voluntary health organization fighting heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, which annually kill about 950,000 Americans.

About ACE
The American Council on Exercise (ACE), America’s Authority on Fitness, is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the benefits of physical activity and protecting consumers against unsafe and ineffective fitness products and instruction. As the nation’s “workout watchdog,” ACE sponsors university-based exercise science research and testing that targets fitness products and trends. ACE sets standards for fitness professionals and is the world’s largest nonprofit fitness certifying organization. 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 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.

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