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ACE(R) NAMED AS A 2015 HEALTHIEST COMPANY TO WORK FOR IN SAN DIEGO

SAN DIEGO, CALIF., July 30, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As a long-time promoter of health and fitness, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) empowers people to live their most fit lives. Coinciding with its 30th anniversary and reinforced commitment to ending the nation's obesity epidemic, ACE has been recognized by the San Diego Business Journal as San Diego's Healthiest Company to Work For in 2015 in the healthcare, insurance and wellness service provider category. The award spotlights ACE's notable efforts around its employee health and wellness program, ACE Wellness @ Work.

Further, ACE was named a finalist for this year's Best Companies to Work For, also awarded by the San Diego Business Journal.

"It's an honor to be recognized as a healthiest company to work for in San Diego," said ACE President and CEO Scott Goudeseune. "Our health and wellness program is an important investment for us, and we continually strive to ensure that our employees work in a culture that honors our mission, allowing them to be active and make healthy ACE Wellness @ Work includes an offering of ergonomic and active work stations (i.e., adjustable standing desks), an on-site gym, daily fitness classes, recess breaks, and a variety of incentive programs that encourage long-term health and wellbeing.

ACE Wellness @ Work, which is led by a group of employees, hosts quarterly challenges to engage all ACE personnel and build cohesive bonds through physical wellness. Additionally, ACE gives back to the San Diego community through initiatives such as food drives and cleanup programs.

More than 75 finalists were nominated in San Diego's Healthiest Companies awards program this year. Each company was judged on its ability to make employee wellness a priority, a strong desire to create a company culture of wellbeing, organizational leadership and support for company wellness initiatives, and measurement and return on investment.

The awards program is designed specifically to highlight employers who not only set a high standard, but raised the bar for providing safe, healthy, and productive work environemnts.

About ACE

The nonprofit American Council on Exercise (ACE) educates, certifies, and represents more than 58,000 fitness professionals, health coaches, and other allied health professionals. ACE advocates for a new intersection of fitness and health care, bringing the highly qualified professionals that ACE represents into the healthcare continuum so they can contribute to the national solution to physical inactivity and obesity. ACE is the largest certifier in its space; all four of its primary certification programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the gold standard in the United States for assessing professional competence. ACE also plays an important public-service role, conducting research and making available science-based information, and resources on safe and effective physical activity and sustainable behavior change. For more information, call (800) 825-3636 or visit ACEfitness.org. AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EXERCISE, ACE and ACE logos are Registered Trademarks of the American Council on Exercise.

CONTACT: Olga Walsh (858) 576-6509 pr@ACEfitness.org

Source: American Council On Exercise (ACE)