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ACE Appoints Fabio Comana Certification and Exam Development Manager

San Diego, Calif. –August 5, 2004- The American Council on Exercise (ACE), America’s non-profit fitness advocate, announced today that Fabio Comana has been appointed to manager of certification and exam development. Comana will oversee enhancement, administration and maintenance of all ACE certification programs. In addition, he will manage ACE’s National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accreditation and work with subject matter experts and exam committees to develop and administer ACE programs.

“Fabio brings a wealth of experience to The American Council on Exercise,” said Graham Melstrand, director of educational services for ACE. “In addition to holding master’s degrees in both exercise physiology and nutrition, Fabio is a practicing fitness professional and an educator in a university setting.”

Comana serves as an adjunct instructor for San Diego’s only ACE-affiliated extension program offering practical guidance to newly certified fitness professionals at the University of California San Diego. His previous experience included working as the general and wellness manager with Club One, Inc. in San Diego responsible for the evaluation and implementation of Fire Department Safety and Wellness Programs.

Comana is currently an ACE certified personal trainer; National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) certified strength and conditioning specialist; certified health-fitness instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM); and contributing author for the National Volunteer Fire Council Health and Wellness Project.

Originally from South Africa, Comana earned master’s degrees in nutrition and exercise physiology from San Diego State University.

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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.