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ACE(R) LAUNCHES NEW WALKING TOOLKITS

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 29, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The American Council on Exercise (ACE) announced the launch of two walking toolkits as part of its commitment to support the U.S. Surgeon General's landmark national call to action to promote walking and walkable communities. The toolkits contain a variety of resources designed to help create a culture of health that values and supports walking as a fundamental physical activity.

Walk This Way! toolkit was created for individuals, community organizations, faith-based institutions, schools, employers, and other organizations to encourage and support individuals and community groups to walk more, implement organized walking programs and create walkable environments so they can live sustainable, healthy lifestyles.

Walk the Talk! toolkit was designed to help fitness and health professionals develop and lead safe and effective walking programs, and become advocates for more walkable communities nationwide.
"ACE strongly supports the U.S. Surgeon General's emphasis on walking and walkable communities as part of our commitment to fighting the dual epidemics of obesity and inactivity, and creating a culture that values and supports physically active lifestyles," said Scott Goudeseune, ACE President and CEO. "We are thrilled to do our part in engaging with individuals and organizations across communities nationwide and empowering them to get moving and establish healthy behaviors through walking."

The ACE Walking Toolkits can be found online at Walk This Way! and Walk The Talk!

Join the conversation about walking using #StepItUp on Twitter @ACEfitness and @ACEadvocacy, Facebook (facebook.com/ACEfitness), or by email at advocacy@ACEfitness.org.

About ACE

The nonprofit organization American Council on Exercise (ACE) educates, certifies and represents more than 58,000 currently certified fitness professionals, health coaches and other allied health professionals. ACE advocates for a new intersection of fitness and healthcare, bringing the highly qualified professionals 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 and 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 accreditation of certifications that assess professional competence. ACE also plays an important public-service role, conducting and providing science-based research 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)