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Community Impact and Initiatives

We are dedicated to moving individuals and communities from all walks of life to adopt healthier, more active lifestyles.

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Community Physical Activity Leaders

We believe the key to getting more people moving starts with access, education and empowerment. At the heart of ACE IMPACT lies the Community Physical Activity Leader (CPAL) – our way of contributing toward equal access and opportunities for everyone to engage in a healthy, more active lifestyle.

  • Accessible knowledge and training to promote healthy living
  • Capacity building from within community organizations to mobilize efforts
  • Content and education meant for everyone, everywhere

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Help educate and empower communities and organizations to get more people moving. Join Us In Our Efforts.

Current Initiatives

ACE/ACLM Partnership

A joint initiative aimed at training and certifying at least one physician/clinician in lifestyle medicine within each of the approximately 1,400 federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) across the U.S.

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Special Olympics Systems Change Subgrant Partnership

An initiative aimed at increasing opportunities for People with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) to be physically active.

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Taking Action with ACE: Practicing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

A course that provides actionable steps to address equity, diversity and inclusion in the health and fitness industry.

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Championing Physical Activity

ACE collaborates with health advocacy partners and champions physical activity promotion alongside various partners.

ACE is an active partner and supporter of the Physical Activity Alliance (PAA), an organization that strives to make the active choice the easy choice. PAA works alongside other leading health advocacy organizations in the United States to lead efforts to create, support and advocate policy and system changes that enable all Americans to enjoy physically active lives and make physical activity assessment and referral the standard of care.

ACE is a proud supporter of Active People, Healthy Nation, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Initiative that seeks to help 27 million Americans become more physically active by 2027 by promoting effective strategies that work.

Active People, Healthy Nation is an HHS service mark. Use of Active People, Healthy Nation does not imply review, approval, or endorsement by HHS.

ACE is proud to participate in the Physical Activity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (PAPREN), a thematic research network of the Prevention Research Centers (PRC) program of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) funds PAPREN to support collaborative research and evaluation to identify and implement local, state and national level policy approaches that influence opportunities for physical activity.

ACE is a founding member of the Coalition for the Registration of Exercise Professionals. The mission of CREP® is to secure recognition of registered exercise professionals for their distinct roles in medical, health, fitness and sports performance fields. CREP®'s vision is for consumers and other allied health professionals and policymakers to recognize registered exercise professionals for their leadership and expertise in the design and delivery of physical activity and exercise programs which improve the health, fitness and athletic performance of the public.

ACE provides expertise to aid in the implementation of WHO GAPPA, a new global action plan to help countries scale up policy actions to promote physical activity.

ACE serves as a member of the Special Olympics Fitness Advisory Committee to support the successful development and implementation of fitness in the areas of physical activity, nutrition, and fitness through sport.

Featured Tools and Resources

Community Walking Toolkit

Community Walking Toolkit

A free guide developed by ACE, designed for individuals and community organizations to create and implement community walking programs.

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Shared Use Park Etiquette and Safety: A Guide for Public Policy, Health and Exercise Professionals and Participants

Shared Use Park Etiquette and Safety: A Guide for Public Policy, Health and Exercise Professionals and Participants

Information and tips to host classes or sessions at shared community locations such as public parks, community centers, school fields and more.

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Physical Activity Calorie Counter

Physical Activity Calorie Counter

A quick and easy-to-use calculator to learn how many calories are burned during physical activity.

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ACE Exercise Library

ACE Exercise Library

Browse through a variety of total-body exercises and movements that target specific areas of the body. Each with a detailed description and photos to help ensure proper form.

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Interested in more ways to get your community moving? Browse All Resources.

Community Physical Activity Leader (Coming Soon!)

The Community Physical Activity Leader (CPAL) course is at the heart of our ACE IMPACT work.

ACE partners with community-based organizations that provide volunteer-led programs and interventions aimed at getting people moving who might not otherwise have access to traditional facilities, outdoor spaces, qualified fitness trainers and exercise programs. As such, ACE is working to create a Community Physical Activity Leader (CPAL) Course to provide education and training to individuals and volunteers through partner organizations in and from the communities they serve. Our goal is to equip more individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to help get people in their communities moving.

The CPAL aims to provide the volunteers with accessible and easy-to-apply knowledge and tools to promote physical activity, healthy eating and lifestyles, and community engagement to help facilitate and encourage healthy living and covers topics such as:

Are you interested in learning more about our CPAL course or want to get your volunteers trained? Contact us.

Special Olympics Systems Change Subgrant Partnership

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ACE is proud to have been selected as a recipient of the Special Olympics, Inc. 2023-2024 Systems Change Inclusive Health Subgrant. Special Olympics, Inc. is part of the movement to improve the physical and social-emotional well-being of people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) by increasing their inclusion in healthcare, health promotion and disease prevention systems.

The grant helps support organizations, including ACE, that are identifying solutions to systemic problems impacting the health and well-being of people with IDD.

ACE will work to develop specialized curriculum to educate community physical activity leaders, both with and without IDD, on how to help provide fitness and healthy living opportunities in underserved communities across the country. The 2023-2024 grant will focus on developing content that is specific to the IDD population, utilizing a direct feedback model that addresses systemic barriers to physical activity.

Learn more about the 2023-2024 Special Olympics Systems Change Subgrant and the recipients here.

Taking Action with ACE: Practicing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

ACE is committed to help end structural racism and address equity, diversity and inclusion in the health and fitness industry. ACE provides multiple EDI-related courses, including our flagship course, Taking Action with ACE: Practicing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion as a Health and Exercise Professional. The course provides actionable steps that can be applied every day to address equity, diversity and inclusion in the health and fitness industry.

Additional courses related to equity, diversity and inclusion can be found here.

Learn more about ACE's commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.