Make Today's Children Tomorrow's Healthy Adults
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 18.5% of children and adolescents—a total of 13.7 million—are affected by obesity. The ACE Youth Fitness Specialist Program gives parents, coaches, and fitness and health care professionals the knowledge and skills to develop age-appropriate exercise programs, improve the overall health and well-being of children and teens, and help instill the value of physical activity at an early age.
Who is it designed for?
Becoming an ACE Youth Fitness Specialist goes beyond personal gains. You will be able to help parents, youth sports coaches and other professionals in fitness, health care, recreation or education gain the knowledge and skills they need to create customized and organized fitness programs for children and teens. The curriculum addresses motor development, pediatric exercise physiology, growth-related differences in abilities, youth resistance and cardiorespiratory training, and integration of health- and skill-related activities into fitness programs.
How do I earn one?
To become an ACE Youth Fitness Specialist, you must review all of the components listed below and take the quizzes associated with the material. Although you may complete courses for any specialist program, only those who also hold a current NCCA-accredited certification or an equivalent professional credential will be recognized as an ACE Specialist. For a list of accepted pre-requisite credentials, click here.
After you complete all courses and quizzes, the continuing education credits (CECs) will be uploaded into your My ACE Account. The purchase price includes all materials and fees necessary to become a specialist, and your designation as a specialist will not expire.
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