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Our Mission - Scott Goudesune President & CEO


ACE seeks an invite for our profession to a much larger table. We are readying health and fitness professionals, health coaches, and other wellness experts to contribute to the national response to the obesity epidemic and other chronic diseases. And we are working to evolve the healthcare system so the professions we represent may become part of patient-centered care teams and help far more people become physically active and stay healthy.

Our Mission

ACE’s mission is to get people moving.

Our Philosophy

Our nation needs a more prevention-centered way of caring for the health and wellness of its people, and safe, supervised physical activity must be a cornerstone. ACE believes that well-qualified health and fitness professionals must become recognized as health providers and become authorized to provide prevention and wellness intervention services in the healthcare environment. It’s about helping keep people from getting sick in the first place, and helping those with chronic conditions to help themselves just a little bit more.


About ACE

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 75,000 certified professionals who hold more than 77,000 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.

Learn More

ACE 2017 Impact Report Download » Get a more in-depth look at the work ACE has done in the past year, as well as the progress our country has made in responding to the obesity and chronic disease epidemics.