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ACE Supports New Children And Teen Fitness and Nutrition Curriculum

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – October 14, 2003 – The American Council on Exercise (ACE), America’s nonprofit fitness advocate, today announced its support of the new children/teen fitness and nutrition curriculum, The Physiology Storybook: An Owner’s Manual for the Human Body and Buff ‘n’ Stuff: The Art & Science of Getting Strong and Eating Right both by Marla Richmond, M.S.

The Buff’n’Stuff complete curriculum includes applications of physiology to health and exercise, a comprehensive fitness and nutrition guide and a 10-song CD featuring a variety of original music.

Through rap, hip-hop and calypso types of music and interactive activities, the curriculum introduces young people to physiology concepts and teaches children and teens to keep their bodies healthy through proper nutrition and physical activity.

“With Buff’n’Stuff: The Art & Science of Getting Strong and Eating Right, Marla Richmond has created the perfect package for getting kids moving, while simultaneously stimulating their minds. It is the health and fitness version of ‘Schoolhouse Rock’,” said Dr. Cedric Bryant, Ph.D., FACSM, chief exercise physiologist/VP of educational services for ACE. “Given the growing and disturbing trends of inactivity and obesity among our young people, the timing couldn’t be better for this resource.”

“The Buff ‘N’ Stuff complete curriculum directly reflects the focus of Operation Fit Kids, the ACE youth outreach program. We can improve the health and fitness of America's youth through enhanced education and this program is a perfect fit,” said Ken Germano, president of ACE. “Buff ‘N’ Stuff gets kids from 8 to 80 involved in physical activity, and at the same time, educates them in a very fun and creative way.”

Operation FitKids was established in 1990 and is dedicated to improving the health and fitness of America's youth. Operation FitKids has arranged for the donation of more than $6 million in equipment (accounting for nearly 8,000 exercise machines) to 150 facilities in cities including New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, Portland, Houston, San Antonio, San Diego, Washington, D.C., Orlando, Chicago and Miami. In the last three years alone, over 30 facilities have been completed. For more information on Operation FitKids log onto

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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.

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.