SAN DIEGO, CA—April 11, 2022—Health and exercise professionals engage with people from a range of cultures, identities, and backgrounds. On Wednesday, April 13, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) will host a live education session with equity, diversity, and inclusion practitioner Rory G. James, MPH, to discuss the significant role health and exercise professionals play in health equity.

James will share information about racial microaggressions in the context of health and fitness and the importance of addressing barriers certain communities may experience when accessing these services.

This free education session discussion is in observation of Minority Health Month. Registration is available here.

For many racial and ethnic minorities in the United States, health disparities take on many forms including high rates of chronic disease and premature death (NIH (National Institute for Health)). These are due to a set of conditions, known as social determinants of health (SDOH), and include age, where we are born, where we live, work, play, and worship. More information on health equity:


  • Rory G. James, MPH, Director of the Office of Student Diversity & Inclusion at Indiana-Bloomington School of Public Health
  • Jacque Crockford, DHSc, ACE Certified Personal Trainer & Senior Product Manager at American Council on Exercise

About ACE

Since 1985, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) has been the leading non-profit education and certification provider for health coaches and exercise professionals in the United States and around the world.

With more than 90,000 highly respected certified health coaches and exercise professionals, ACE Certified Professionals are on the ground daily helping people move, stay active and make lasting lifestyle behavior change to build healthier communities.

Headquartered in San Diego, ACE collaborates with public health partners to educate people of all backgrounds about the importance of physical activity and other healthy lifestyle behaviors; advocates for public policies to increase physical activity opportunities; and supports scientific research that investigates the efficacy of behavior-change interventions and the effectiveness of exercise practices and trends.
For more information visit AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EXERCISE, ACE and ACE logos are Registered Trademarks of the American Council on Exercise.

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