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ACE Praises the State of Obesity Report for Recognizing the Importance of Community Collaboration in Obesity Prevention Programs

SAN DIEGO, SEPTEMBER 2, 2016The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America 2016 was released today by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The annual report is highly regarded as one of the nation’s most comprehensive documents on the current state of the U.S. obesity epidemic. The American Council on Exercise (ACE) issued the following statement in response to the report:

One especially encouraging and essential aspect of the report is the importance of community collaboration in addressing key health issues, an issue that ACE also strongly advocates for.

The report states that “Many of the most successful approaches for preventing obesity focus on matching the specific needs and leveraging the existing resources within a local community. These place-based approaches ensure that people who live in the community are invested in making a difference in their own cities and towns.”

The report goes on to describe the details of how community collaboration, or “place-based approaches,” would create “local partnership networks that involve leaders from the public health, healthcare, education, philanthropic, social service, transportation and housing sectors.” According to the report, those key community stakeholders are best suited to identifying local resources and determining the most effective strategies in achieving their shared goal.

“ACE is encouraged by these findings,” says ACE CEO Scott Goudeseune, “as they reinforce what we believe as an organization, and lend support to the community-based, physical-activity focused partnerships across the country that we have been privileged to play a role in bringing into existence. There is a real opportunity, right now, to dramatically impact the obesity rate in this country, but it will require exactly the kinds of collaboration and community focus that this report spells out.”

As one example of how ACE has championed community-led efforts, the organization has provided curriculum support and study assistance that have helped to build the capacity of the Active RVA movement with Sports Backers, a Virginia-based nonprofit dedicated to making physical activity a priority in people’s lives. The support provided by ACE has allowed the organization to increase the number of fitness professionals in the Richmond, VA area who will in turn become community leaders dedicated to tackling physical inactivity issues that contribute to the current state of obesity.  

ACE is leading the charge to educate, train and create opportunities for health and fitness professionals to facilitate behavior changes that combat the obesity epidemic in the communities in which they live and work. We are excited to be a part of creating a brighter future in which we see the number of physically active people steadily rise through the continued development of our efforts across the nation.

View the full The State of Obesity report here.

For more information or to join ACE in advocating for health and physical activity, please visit us here.

About ACE

The nonprofit organization American Council on Exercise (ACE) educates, certifies and represents more than 60,000 currently certified fitness professionals, health coaches and other allied health professionals. ACE advocates for a new intersection of fitness and healthcare, bringing the highly qualified professionals ACE represents into the healthcare continuum so they can contribute to the national solution to physical inactivity and obesity. ACE is the largest certifier in its space and all four of its primary certification programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the gold standard in the United States for accreditation of certifications that assess professional competence. ACE also plays an important public-service role, conducting and providing science-based research and resources on safe and effective physical activity and sustainable behavior change. For more information, call 800-825-3636 or visit AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EXERCISE, ACE and ACE logos are Registered Trademarks of the American Council on Exercise.

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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.