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American Council on Exercise-How to Participate in the Campaign Against Obesity

Updated on December 3, 2012

American Council on Fitness is A.C.E.

ACE is the acronym for the American Council on Fitness, a nonprofit organization that promotes health through fitness and exercise programs. With over 25 years of educating the public, certifying physical fitness professionals, and offering continuing education courses to maintain standards of fitness for leaders in the area of exercise, ACE has trained over 50,000 participants and is one of the leading organizations in its field.

Since 1985, ACE has been committed to the health and well being of Americans, as well as collaborating with leading organizations in other countries, to set high goals for fitness worldwide. It offers expert information based on scientific data, and is continuously researching updated information to keep the American public informed of fads, fitness product scams, and the importance of staying fit through every day activity.

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Operation: 'FitKids'

In the article, Battling Obesity in America, Seth Doane reports that more than, “…190 million Americans are overweight or obese” and that “childhood obesity has tripled in the past thirty years.” Indeed, Americans have the highest rate of obesity than any other people in the world.

Obesity is the second greatest preventable health risk following tobacco use. It is a leading cause of two of the greatest health problems in the United States: heart disease, including high blood pressure, and diabetes.

Therefore, the vision of the American Council on Fitness is to address the growing epidemic of obesity in America through activity that is enjoyable for each individual. They do this through the many programs they offer via their website: One of the programs is called ‘Operation FitKids’, a free program with a plethora of useful information for parents, educators, health professionals, and fitness leaders. On this site one can download activity lessons, utilize the free resources, or check quick facts.

There are also free, kid friendly recipes that show a caloric and nutritional breakdown, the prep time, and of course the recipe. Some of the dishes are everyday foods that children eat such as chicken tenders and hamburger…other dishes range from unique ways to incorporate vegetables, along with tempting desserts.

The USDS 'MyPlate' video

'MyPlate' replaces the Food Pyramid

One of the more recent changes that have occurred from the United States Department of Agriculture is the replacement of the old food pyramid with a new icon representing healthy eating. It is called, ‘MyPlate’, the symbol of an ordinary plate divided by four, colorful segments representing each of the four basic food groups: fruits, vegetables, protein, and grains. And, off to the upper, right corner is a small circle designated for ‘dairy’. It is believed that this symbolic plate is simpler and more eye catching for the average person to connect with, and thus easier to put into practice.

Other programs offered by A.C.E.

Other programs that are accessible on the ACE website are: ‘Let’s Move’, the program launched by First Lady, Michelle Obama, challenging kids from across the nation to get more active; the ‘Let’s Move Child Care’ which targets toddlers and preschoolers in child care centers to provide less T.V. time and more physical activities; the LMIC-or ‘Let’s Move in Indian Country’ which specifically supports the battle against obesity with Native American and Native Alaskan children; support for military families, including free personal training, and membership in sports clubs; and PALA, which is the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award program, part of the Presidential Fitness Challenge.

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The Presidential Fitness Challenge

One of the things I like about the Presidential Fitness Page is that it walks you through the questions of ‘how-overweight-are-you’ through a BMI (body mass index) calculator that analyzes those extra inches based on your height and weight. My numbers pointed to ‘overweight’-nothing I wasn’t already aware of from standing on the scale.

According to the BMI calculator I only have 26 pounds to lose in order to fall back into the ‘healthy’ range. Not an insurmountable weight loss goal…but, I haven’t seen the number they suggest for over two decades. I guess that’s why they call it a challenge!

Michelle Obama may have kicked off the campaign against childhood obesity on February 2, 2010, but today I joined thousands of other Americans by taking one small step towards resuming control of my own fitness program, and you can too. How? It is a simple act of participating in the Presidential Fitness Challenge. The website: will take you to the page that has information on how to participate. Take the challenge, your heart will thank you!


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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Carol-hurray for you and your weight loss. What a gift of life to yourself! I'm very happy for you. I'm almost to the halfway point of my wt loss goal.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Carol.

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      Carolyn Sands 6 years ago from Hollywood Florida

      Another great article Denise. You are definitely on the right track. Hope you meet your goal weight with the 26 pound weight loss. I lost a hugh amout of weigh....more than 150 pounds. I was about 400 pounds at one time, and thankfully I was able to start a serious weight loss regimen that has brought me down by about 150 pounds so far and I am stoll counting.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      I thought you'd like it. I thought of you.

      I had an awesome workout yesterday: 30 min of aggressive yoga; (heat yoga?) 30 min of wt. trainging and 30 of cardio. I was hyper by the time I got home, LOL

      Tonight J and I went to viquest after dinner and I did 10 min of stair climber-hadn't done that in AGES; and 20 min of treadmill including 5 min of nonstop jogging! I am getting GEEKED, sister!

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      Danette Watt 6 years ago from Illinois

      Dee voted up, great hub

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Kath-thanks for your feedback. It's true. And, in tonights news there was a story about obese children and the suggestion that they be removed from the family! I think that is ridiculous. But, it would help if the cafeterias changed their diet and the schools would incorporate more phys educ in their programs.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Great information Denise! Even for those of us that may know about healthy habits, a reminder is always useful!!!

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Ruby-thanks for your feedback on this ever growing problem. It is very sad...but, I think it is a complex situation. There are various reasons why our nation has become the heaviest of all the countries-weren't we the first to introduce Fast Food?

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Being fit is so important. Obesity is a killer. Children and even babies are drastically overweight. I read somewhere that this generation will be the first to die before the parents due to obesity. For some reason, it seems that people just can't control their eating habits. I hope Michelle's campaign against obesity will make people realize that we have a serious problem. Thank you for a really well written article.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi everyone...since I posted this hub I'm challenging each of YOU (American citizens) to participate in the Presidential Fitness Challenge as well.

      Baygirl-thanks for dropping by. I hope all is well in your world and you are keeping your energy up. :)

      Hi Cara-yes, let me know what you think of the info on the webpages. I'm sure there will be some helpful resources for you as a teacher.

      Thanks b.malin-I agree-fitness is always 'in' isn't it? I'm geeked up right now and hope that my enthusiasm stays up there. We have a festival over in the next town and I told one of the staff that I want to 'train' to do the 5K---NOT that I may actually register for it, mind you, LOL but just 'train' for it.

      Thanks, Spirit Whisperer, for your kind comments. :)

      Hi Gail-I was very surprised when I started to research the website. I found it interesting and just kept clicking on more and more things. I agree about the plate symbol-much easier to follow. Thanks for your feedback.

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      This is a great hub with resources I wasn't aware of. I do like the new plate better than the old food pyramid.

      Congratulations on signing up for the presidential fitness challenge. Am voting this hub up, useful and awesome!

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      Xavier Nathan 6 years ago from Isle of Man

      You have written a great hub full of enthusiasm and positive energy. Thank you.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      What a Wonderful and Timely Hub on a Subject that NEVER goes out of style...Being Fit. You've put together such Useful and Informative Information Denise that we can all Benefit from. Thank YOU!

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      cardelean 6 years ago from Michigan

      I can't wait to check out the website that you shared. I'm sure that I will find some great activities for both my students and kids. Each year our fourth graders participate in a program put on by our county called count your steps. They each receive a pedometer and log the steps that they take each day along with healthy food choices that they make to add points to their totals. It really promotes awareness with the kids, although as it has been said, bad habits are hard to break. Great hub, thanks for sharing all of this!

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      victoria 6 years ago from Hamilton On.

      Hi Denise.

      Yes ,as you say ,it is hard to change life-long habits but each little chipping away at the mountain is worthwhile. someone ,someday will suddenly "get it" and even if one person at a time gets it ,it's good.

      Thanks for the info.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Tim-thanks for reading and commenting. That is the one area that I did NOT include in this writing-the cost of poor health and the dominoe affect of repercussions for this. It is over $150 mill. It is very sad. Here in the south, with the habit of frying everything, there will be a resistance overall...sort of like the tobacco industry-unhealthy habits that are ingrained in the culture. I'm not sure what the motivation will be to turn this 'inactivity' problem around.

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      timorous 6 years ago from Me to You

      Well I'm glad someone is at least trying to get people, particularly kids, moving. However, it's really hard to reach those people who have been on an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise for so long, it would be difficult to get them to change. It's so sad. Add to that, the cost to the health systems to deal with their ongoing health problems, which they could have avoided if someone in their lives had set a good example in the first place. Thanks for bringing this up, Denise.