Join us for an exciting live virtual event where you'll learn from 5 industry experts about the relationships between mental health and nutrition, movement, sleep, breath and connectedness. This is your opportunity to expand your offerings and improve your clients' experiences by understanding these pillars of wellness through a mental health lens.

Be part of an inspiring day of learning where you will:

  • Engage with our A-team of industry experts
  • Get your questions answered in real-time
  • Connect with other health and exercise pros
  • Earn CECs to maintain your certification
  • Take part in an energizing movement session

Support your clients' mental health

Advance your skillset,
expand your reach

Understand how nutrition, sleep, movement, breath and connectedness play a role in mental well-being for your clients.

Engage and interact in real time

During this virtual event, you'll learn from health and fitness industry experts and connect with like-minded professionals to expand your network, learn and grow.

Level up your coaching ability

Grasp mental health concepts and acquire new practices to engage your clients in fresh ways and help them thrive.

Meet the experts & explore the event schedule

Not only can physical activity lead to an increase in feel good chemicals in the body, growing evidence suggests that movement also has a powerful effect on mental health.

Karson McGinley (she/her)

E-RYT 500 Yoga Educator and Founder of Happy-U

This session will cover how physical activity releases natural mood-boosters to reduce anxiety, stress and depression. You will also learn about positive psychology and its role in human mental health, long- and short-term effects on stress, mood, depression and brain health.

At the end of this session, you will be able to:
  • Identify the connections between movement and mental health
  • Reframe your approach to physical activity to impact your clients’ mental health as much as their physical health
  • Understand the building blocks of well-being according to positive psychology and how to utilize this knowledge to add to your current programming

Sleep is an imperative component of overall health, and ultimately, brain function. Sleep (or the lack of) can have intense effects in day-to-day living and our ability to function at our highest level.

Ryan Glatt, MS (he/him)

Certified Personal Trainer, National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coach, Brain Health Coach, and Director of the FitBrain Program at Pacific Neuroscience Institute

As research expands on modifiable lifestyle behaviors, sleep is at the forefront as a behavior that can affect mental health and brain health on a multitude of levels. This session will cover the relationships between sleep, mental health, and brain health and how health and exercise professionals can begin to address healthy sleep behaviors with clients, while remaining in their scope of practice.

At the end of this session, you will be able to:
  • Define mental health and brain health and identify the various components of sleep
  • State the connections between sleep, mental health and brain function
  • Identify multiple sleep behaviors and how they can affect your clients

Breath can critically affect our day-to-day living, movement and nervous system regulation which makes it something worth thinking more deeply about.

Erika Quest (she/her)

Balanced Body Educator and Owner of LevelUp MVMT

By honing in on the importance of breath and how it can impact our well-being on a daily basis, we are able to use it to our advantage to improve mental health, decrease anxiety and stress, regulate the nervous system, and improve focus and performance.

At the end of this session, you will be able to:
  • Understand how breath affects physiology, mental health and performance
  • Support nervous system regulation through breath patterns
  • Practice specific breathing techniques to decrease stress, reduce anxiety, improve focus, and enhance wellness

As we shift from a reactive to proactive wellness lens, it is clear that addressing how people connect with themselves and each other is essential to improving overall wellness. By supporting clients in reducing and managing their stress and anxiety, finding joy in movement and putting their own self-care at the forefront of our interactions with them, we can improve overall mental health and wellbeing one session at a time.

Reena Vokoun B.B.A., M.S. (she/her)

ACE Certified Health Coach and Group Fitness Instructor, ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist and Behavior Change Specialist, ACE Brand Ambassador, and Founder & CEO of Passion Fit

Community, connection and holistic wellness can change the game for clients’ mental health and overall wellness. Learn how to create programs and classes to connect community, combine movement, nutrition, mindfulness, and sleep practices to support your clients on their journey.

At the end of this session, you will be able to:
  • Understand the importance of holistic wellness and social connection
  • Identify how mental, physical and emotional health are interconnected and can positively or negatively impact one another
  • Create programming that combines movement, nutrition, mindfulness and sleep

Full schedule of events

  • 8:00 am: Welcome address with ACE
  • 8:30 am: Linking Nutrition and Mental Health with Rachele Pojednic
  • 9:45 am: Movement for Mental Health with Karson McGinley
  • 11:00 am: Brain and Mental Health: What’s Sleep Got To Do With It? with Ryan Glatt
  • 12:15 pm: Movement Break led by Jessie Diaz-Herrera, ACE Certified Professional, ACE Brand Ambassador and WIFA member
  • 12:45 pm: Breathing for Better Mental Health with Erika Quest
  • 2:00 pm: Making Connections for Mental Health with Reena Vokoun
  • 3:15 pm: Interactive, live Q&A with all presenters
  • 3:45 pm: Closing remarks from ACE

How do I earn CECs?

Prior to November 10, 2023, you will receive access to your live event course through your My ACE Account, which contains a YouTube link to access the virtual event.

Toward the end of the live event on November 10, an attendance code will be shared on screen. Enter this code in your course to confirm your presence at the event and fulfill your CECs.

If you need to reference the code again, follow the YouTube link in your course to a recording of the summit. The link will be available for 2 weeks following the live event.

Please redeem your CECs within 2 weeks of the live event.

Workshop Policies and Procedures


In the event that the American Council on Exercise (ACE) would cancel a workshop for ANY reason, a full refund will be issued to the participant. ACE is NOT responsible for any other expenses the participant may have incurred.


All of ACE's live workshops are non-refundable programs unless approved by ACE's Educational Services Team. For questions, please call 800-825-3636. A $50 cancellation fee will be applied to any approved cancellations.


Any participant who is registered for an ACE workshop and needs to reschedule their workshop to a later date listed will be subject to a $50 transfer fee and MUST contact ACE's Educational Services Team at 800-825-3636 to verify that a reschedule date is available.

Transfer of Registration

ACE cannot transfer a participant's registration to another participant unless approved by ACE's Educational Services Team. Transferring a registration to another participant is subject to a $100 transfer fee.

Hotels and Accommodations

ACE does not provide hotel and accommodation recommendations for our workshop events. Google is a great resource to search for hotels in the area of the workshop location.

Transfer of Registration

In the event of inclement weather, all workshops will be held as scheduled at the discretion of ACE. Pre-registered participants who are unable to attend their scheduled workshop may reschedule without incurring additional charges so long as their request has been received 7 days following the originally scheduled date. No refunds will be available. In the event that ACE cancels a workshop due to bad weather, participants will be given a full refund or option to reschedule (if another date is available).