American Council on Exercise


Taking Action With ACE: Practicing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion as an Exercise Professional


Create a Better Industry, One Conversation at a Time

The fitness industry is only starting the work on addressing equity, diversity, and inclusion to ensure all participants have equal access and feel welcome in every environment. Exercise professionals and health coaches play a crucial part in impacting lives when they approach conversations with empathy, inclusive language, person-first care and with an understanding of the disparities communities face across lines of difference. So, what can you do to make a positive impact in this area?

This course provides actionable steps you can apply every day to address equity, diversity and inclusion. Through practice scenarios pulled from real-life experiences of diverse clients and health and exercise professionals, you will be given an opportunity to learn from an alternate perspective. As a result, you will be better equipped to support traditionally marginalized groups, create an inviting environment that enhances client engagement and retention, and be a better advocate for the health and fitness industry.

Created in collaboration with Jessica Jackson, MBA, M.Ed , TEDx Speaker, Instructional Designer and Racial Equity Strategist at TorranceLearning along with additional subject matter experts in equity, diversity and inclusion, this course will enhance your ability to ultimately provide effective services to your clients. You’ll understand the effect of bias or misconception, and gain the skills to impact how you interact with others in your work and life. The topics discussed are the start of a larger conversation within the fitness industry and aim to improve equity, diversity and inclusion, one conversation at a time.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion, you will be able to:

• Consider how social determinants of health and health disparities affect access to health and fitness resources

• Mitigate implicit bias in interactions with diverse peers, clients and members

• Strengthen communication with people from diverse backgrounds using person-centered language

• Demonstrate empathy and understanding as a health coach and exercise professional


LLP Category:

Course - Online / Distance

Suitable For:

Learning Type:

LLP Category 1

Learning Hours:




Online short quiz completed.


Web based 'online' learning