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ACE SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED TO OVER 1,000 VETERANS TO HELP WITH TRANSITION TO NEW CAREERS IN FITNESS AFTER MILITARY SERVICE

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 5, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Every year, thousands of military men and women are faced with the battle of finding a new career when their active duty service in the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard comes to an end. More than two thirds of U.S. veterans consider finding a job the greatest challenge in transitioning from military to civilian life, and difficulties are largely attributed to unemployment and health challenges, according to Prudential's research on veteran's employment challenges.

Taking a stand for the military community, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) launched its Salute You Scholarship program in 2013 to give honorably discharged military men and women the opportunity to pursue new careers in fitness as ACE Certified Personal Trainers. The program equips veterans with the ACE Personal Trainer Certification program study materials, an exam registration voucher, and one-on-one study assistance at no cost. To date, more than 1,000 veterans have been awarded a scholarship and are working toward earning their certifications and beginning new careers in fitness.

"The Salute You Scholarship is our way of honoring our military heroes for their service, courage and leadership, and giving them the opportunity to continue serving through a career in fitness," said ACE President and CEO Scott Goudeseune. "We are proud to support all of the men and women who have become ACE Certified Personal Trainers in the last two years, and privileged to continue partnering with them as we carry out our unwavering mission to get people moving."

ACE is committed to eradicating the obesity and inactivity epidemics by 2035, and with the help of veterans worldwide, the non-profit will be able to deepen its impact and empower more people to make meaningful lifestyle changes in physical activity, nutrition and behavior change.

To learn more about the Salute You Scholarship and eligibility requirements to apply, visit: https://www.ACEfitness.org/military/scholarship.aspx.

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: Sarah Sweeney (858) 243-4687 pr@ACEfitness.org

Source: American Council On Exercise (ACE)