The Role of Fitness in Our Nation’s Safety

Americans have become more aware of health and wellness in the last several years and “healthy living” and “active lifestyles” have become ubiquitous phrases in everyday life and in the media. Despite the growing awareness around the necessity to exercise and eat well, many people do not know how to get started or they lack the motivation to do so.

The skyrocketing costs of healthcare for individuals, families and governments is in part directly attributable to physical inactivity and poor eating habits. But the price we pay is far greater than a fiscal one. Our nation’s national security is potentially at risk, due to a decreasing pool of qualified applicants to be trained and serve in our military. But the risk doesn’t stop there.

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The American Council on Exercise (ACE) is the leading nonprofit health and fitness certification organization, representing more than 70,000 certified health and fitness professionals.