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American College of Sports Medicine

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world.  ACSM has more than 20,000 International, National, and Regional Chapter members.  They promote and integrate scientific research, education, and practical applications of sports medicine and exercise science to maintain and enhance physical performance, fitness, health, and quality of life.

American Council on Exercise

The American Council on Exercise (ACE) is a nonprofit organization committed to enriching quality of life through safe and effective exercise and physical activity. ACE protects all segments of society against ineffective fitness products, programs and trends through its ongoing public education, outreach and research. They further protect the public by setting certification and continuing education standards for fitness professionals.

American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is: “Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.” Heart’s goal is to reduce coronary heart disease, stroke and risk by 25 percent by 2010.

American Physical Therapy Association

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is an individual membership professional organization representing more than 100,000 member physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), and students of physical therapy. APTA seeks to transform society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience.

International Health, Racquet, & Sports Club Association

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) is the fitness industry’s only global trade association. IHRSA represents over 9,750 for profit health and fitness facilities and over 740 supplier companies in 78 countries. For more than a quarter of a century, IHRSA has provided its member clubs and suppliers with an unprecedented wealth of information, research and networking to help with every aspect of running a profitable enterprise.

Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute

The Human Performance Institute (HPI) is the pioneer in training business leaders to achieve sustained high performance by expanding and managing their energy. HPI’s science-based, multidisciplinary training is the result of over 30 years of proprietary research and working with elite performers in high stress arenas including Olympic gold medalists, elite professional athletes, military Special Forces, Hostage Rescue teams, surgeons, and Fortune 500 CEOs. HPI is a part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies and the Wellness and Prevention business. The Institute’s products and services underscore the global company’s commitment to promoting health and wellness as a way of reducing healthcare-related costs, improving overall employee health and increasing productivity.

MEND Foundation

The MEND Foundation is a national non-profit organization dedicated to inspire children, families and adults to lead and sustain fitter, healthier and happier lives – with a focus on changing the behaviors that cause obesity.  MEND stands for Mind, Exercise, Nutrition…Do it! and the MEND Program is the world’s largest evidence-based family weight management program delivered in community settings.  Over 15,000 families in 5 countries have already benefited from participating in a MEND Program and in the US, MEND Programs are currently being offered in multiple US states and in partnership with local YMCA’s.  MEND’s family-based, multi-component programs meet the recent recommendations of the US Preventive Services Task Force for the prevention and management of child obesity.


MYZONE is a new innovative heart rate based system that uses wireless and cloud technology to accurately and conveniently monitor physical activity. It monitors heart rate, calories and time exercising that converts into MYZONE Effort Points (MEPs), with a focus on rewarding effort rather than fitness. MYZONE enhances enjoyment of physical activity by providing personal, colour-coded guidance and motivational feedback both inside and outside.

National Athletic Trainers’ Association

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) is the professional membership association for certified athletic trainers and others who support the athletic training profession. Founded in 1950, the they have grown to more than 30,000 members worldwide today. NATA works to enhance the quality of health care provided by certified athletic trainers and to advance the athletic training profession.

National Physical Activity Society

The National Physical Activity Society (NPAS) is a network of professionals working together to promote physical activity across all sectors of society. The organization originated among state public health professionals and has now expanded to include local public health, academics, nonprofits, and volunteers. NPAS offers monthly webinar trainings with continuing education toward the ACSM/NPAS Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist (PAPHS) credential, which was developed in conjunction with the American College of Sports Medicine. NPAS builds linkages among members and bridges between members and partners. NPAS sees a vision in which physical activity is prioritized, embraced, and promoted for everyone in the United States.

NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation

NIRSA comprises and supports leaders in collegiate recreation. As college and university students develop into future leaders, NIRSA members support their learning and growth by fostering lifelong habits of wellbeing. Leadership, teamwork, dedication, and respect are among the many skills exercised by inclusive competition, fitness, and recreation. Since its founding in 1950, NIRSA membership has grown to comprise nearly 4,000 dedicated professionals, students, and businesses, serving an estimated 7.7 million students.


Action for Healthy Kids is a public-private partnership of more than 75 organizations dedicated to promoting school health and fighting childhood obesity, undernourishment and physical inactivity by helping schools become healthier places so kids can live healthier lives. They partner with a legion of dedicated volunteers — teachers, students, moms, dads, school wellness experts and more — from within the ranks of our 80,000+ network to create healthful school changes. After all, everyone has a part to play in ending the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic.

America Walks

America Walks is the only national organization devoted exclusively to making America a great place to walk. They do this by providing a voice for walking and walkability through federal government affairs, by providing strategy support, training and technical assistance to regional, statewide and local organizations and individuals, and via the Every Body Walk! Collaborative, a national partnership focused on increasing the visibility of walking and cultivating consumer demand for more walkable places.

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is the nation’s leading cancer advocacy organization that is working every day to make cancer issues a national priority. They are the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society.

American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Their mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by this disease.

American Insititute for Cancer Research

The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) champions the latest and most authoritative scientific research from around the world on cancer prevention and survival through diet, weight and physical activity, so that people can help people make informed lifestyle choices to reduce their cancer risk.

American Physical Therapy Association

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is an individual membership professional organization representing more than 100,000 member physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), and students of physical therapy that seeks to improve the health and quality of life of individuals in society by advancing physical therapist practice, education, and research, and by increasing the awareness and understanding of physical therapy’s role in the nation’s health care system.

Anxiety and Depression Initiative

The Anxiety and Depression initiative is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the use of an active and healthy lifestyle as a means to reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression in our community.

Boys and Girls Clubs of America

For more than a century, Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) have helped put young people on the path to great futures. Boys & Girls Clubs annually serve nearly 4 million young people, through membership and community outreach, in over 4,100 Club facilities throughout the country and BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. Their mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. It is the place where great futures are started each and every day.

Center for Wellness and Nutrition

The Public Health Institute Center for Wellness and Nutrition (CWN) is a national leader in developing campaigns, programs, and partnerships to reduce obesity and promote equity in the most vulnerable communities across the country.​

Champions for America’s Future

Champions for America’s Future is a national, bipartisan, membership organization of athletes, coaches and sports administrators who have come together to make sure every child has the best chance to compete in life. They engages sports leaders to advocate for policy investments that advance opportunities for kids to succeed in life. Since childhood obesity is so prevalent in the US, they are interested in promoting evidence-based policies that engage, enable, and encourage kids to be active both in school and out-of-school.

City of Hialeah, Education & Community Services Department

The Department of Education and Community Services (ECS) of the City of Hialeah promotes lifelong learning, an informed citizenry, literacy, an enhanced quality of life, and broadened horizons for all residents of Hialeah through our libraries, adult centers, after-school programs, summer and holiday camps, and our Special Population Center for adults with disabilities.

Coalition for the Registration of Exercise Professionals/ US Registry of Exercise Professionals

The Coalition for the Registration of Exercise Professionals (CREP/USREPS) is a not-for-profit corporation composed of organizations that offer NCCA-accredited exercise certifications. CREP®’s mission is to secure recognition of registered exercise professionals for their distinct roles in medical, health, fitness and sports performance fields.  CREP®’s vision is for consumers and other allied health professionals and policymakers to recognize registered exercise professionals for their leadership and expertise in the design and delivery of physical activity and exercise programs which improve the health, fitness and athletic performance of the public.

Fit Me Now, LLC

FITMENOW™ is the mobile app that connects fitness instructors, clients and facilities to make instructed fitness affordable, effective and fun for consumers. Its on-the-go business tools empower fitness instructors to easily schedule, bill, communicate, and discover new clients.

Focused Fitness

Focused Fitness is a leading provider of software, curriculum and services in K-12 educational systems. Since 2001, they have been working with schools and school districts across the nation to implement a K-12 standards-based, comprehensive physical education and activity program.Their mission is to provide people with sensible fitness, health and activity programs.

Freeman Health System

Freeman in Joplin, Missouri, is a 460-bed, three-hospital system providing comprehensive healthcare and behavioral health services to an area that includes more than 450,000 from Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. Their mission is to improve the health of the communities we serve through contemporary, innovative, quality healthcare solutions.

Georgia Public Safety Training Center

The Georgia Public Safety Training Center is Georgia’s premier training facility for all state and local public safety-related units of government including police officers, firefighters, 911 operators, coroners, emergency management officers, rescue officers, jail officers and other emergency service personnel.

Healthcare Leadership Council

The Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC), a coalition of chief exxecutives from all disciplines within American healthcare, is a forum for the nation’s healthcare leaders to jointly develop policies, plans, and programs to achieve their vision of a 21st century system that makes affordable, high-quality care accessible to all Americans.

Health Magazine

Health magazine and are devoted to helping women achieve holistic—and realistic—health goals through better eating, total fitness, and happiness/mental well-being. They offer the latest information on many health conditions, especially those specific to women, strategies for lifestyle changes that promote total health, and smart ways to be healthier every day.

IDEA Health & Fitness Association

IDEA Health & Fitness Association is one of the world’s leading organizations of fitness and wellness professionals. They deliver world-class content and continuing education to fitness professionals through three channels:  seven publications, including the award-winning IDEA Fitness Journal;  world-class fitness conferences; and hundreds of streaming videos and DVD courses available on their website. Additionally, with IDEA FitnessConnect, they have created the largest national industry-wide directory linking over 250,000 fitness professionals to more than 16 million consumers. Through IDEA professionals in over 80 countries, they inspire the World to Fitness®.

Institute of Lifestyle Medicine

The Institute of Lifestyle Medicine (ILM) is at the forefront of a broad-based collaborative effort to transform the practice of medicine through lifestyle medicine. This critical transformation is motivated by research indicating that modifiable behaviors — especially physical inactivity and unhealthy eating — are major drivers of death, disease, and healthcare costs. While the medical profession is generally aware of this, there has yet to be a systematic and comprehensive effort to incorporate lifestyle medicine into standard practice. We accomplish this by providing professional education focusing on knowledge, skills, tools, and clinician self care and by creating resources for patients.

International Council on Active Aging

The International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), an association that leads, connects and defines the active-aging industry, supports organizations and professionals that develop wellness environments and services for adults over 50. ICAA’s mission is to promote Active Aging as a solution to improving the quality of life for older adults. ICAA has been the prime architect of the Active Aging industry, a network spanning 9,200 organizations managing 40,000 locations in 37 countries that cater to the health and well-being of older adults.They are committed to making positive changes in the way that older adults everywhere live and are included in society.

The League represents bicyclists in the movement to create
 safer roads, stronger communities, and a bicycle-friendly America. Through information, advocacy and promotion, they work to celebrate and preserve the freedom cycling brings to our members everywhere.
The Louisville Sports Commission is a Louisville, Kentucky-based not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to promote active lifestyles and enhance economic vitality by attracting, creating, and hosting quality sporting events in the Louisville area.

Manatee YourChoice Health Plan is an award winning medical health plan located in Bradenton, FL that services Manatee County Government Employers.

My Healthy Neighborhood

National Academy of Sports Medicine

Since 1987, the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) has been a global leader in providing evidence-based certifications and advanced credentials to health and fitness professionals. In addition to its NCCA-accredited fitness Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certification, NASM offers a progressive career track with access to Advanced Specializations, Continuing Education courses, and accredited Bachelor and Master Degree programs. The NASM educational continuum is designed to help today’s health and fitness professional enhance their career while empowering their clients to live healthier lives.

National Council on Strength and Fitness

The National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) is a professional, member-driven, education and credentialing organization for personal trainers and exercise science professionals. The NCSF is committed to serving the public through research, service, and advancement of the movement sciences.

The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) comprises the who’s who in the youth sports industry. Its membership serves 60,000,000 boys and girls registered in organized youth sports programs. They exist is to enhance the youth sports experience in America for today and for generations to come. The NCYS is well-known for advocacy in promoting safe environments and healthy lifestyles for stronger neighborhoods and communities. Credibility, integrity and vigilant visibility remain at the core of everything we do for our members and our industry.

National Recreation and Park Association

National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of public parks, recreation and conservation. Their work draws national focus to the far-reaching impact of successes generated at the local level. Leveraging their role in conservation,health and wellness, and social equity to improve their communities NRPA’s members of park and recreation professionals and citizen advocates are more than 47,000 strong and represent public spaces in urban communities, rural settings and everything in between.

The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) is a coalition of hundreds of patient, provider, community, business and labor groups, and health policy experts, committed to raising awareness of the number one cause of death, disability and rising health care costs: chronic disease.
Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. (PWLS) is a non-profit organization that provides youth football and cheer & dance programs for participants in 42 states and several countries around the world. Consisting of approximately 325,000 young people ranging from ages 5 to 16 years old, Pop Warner is the largest youth football, cheer and dance program in the world.
The Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA) is a leading nursing organization dedicated to preventing cardiovascular disease through assessing risk, facilitating lifestyle changes, and guiding individuals to achieve treatment goals. The current state of health care demands that nurses and advanced practice nurses play a leading role in identifying and implementing cardiovascular risk reduction strategies. PCNA is committed to the continued education and support of nurses so they may successfully rise to this challenge. They do this by educating and supporting nurses through the development of professional and patient education, leadership, and advocacy.
The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) is the oldest and largest national association of running clubs, running events, and runners dedicated to promoting running as a competitive sport and as healthy exercise.  The mission of the RRCA is to promote the sport of running through the development and growth of running clubs and running events throughout the country. The RRCA supports the common interests of runners of all abilities during all stages of life by providing education and leadership opportunities along with programs and services that benefit all runners.
Salud America! is a national Latino-focused organization that creates culturally relevant and research-based stories, videos, and tools to inspire people to start and support healthy changes to policies, systems, and environments where Latino children and families can equitably live, learn, work, and play

The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), formerly the SGMA, is the trade association of leading industry sports and fitness brands, suppliers, retailers and partners. Our mission is to “Promote Sports and Fitness Participation and Industry Vitality” by focusing on core product areas for the industry. SFIA is committed to embracing a broader community in the sports and fitness industry which provides a much clearer reflection of our current and future membership. The change from “Sporting Goods” to “Sports & Fitness” is more definitive about our inclusion of brands connected to fitness and active lifestyle products.

SHAPE America

SHAPE America is the largest organization of professionals involved in school-based health, physical education and physical activity, who are dedicated to teaching and promoting active, healthy lifestyles. Founded in 1885, SHAPE America provides a comprehensive array of resources, leadership in the development of standards and guidelines, professional development and advocacy for its members as well as the general public.

SPRI Products

SPRI Products, Inc. is the leading manufacturer and distributor of rubberized resistance exercise products for the health and fitness industry. SPRI designs and produces innovative rubber resistance exercise products and has led the way in popularizing rubberized resistance workouts.  As the pioneer of this simple, but effective method of strength training, toning and building lean muscle tissue, SPRI has remained on the cutting edge of today’s exercise trends. SPRI continues to expand into related markets as new applications are discovered and professional and consumer interest builds. As the fitness industry continues to evolve and move toward convenience and affordability, our line of products has grown to include educational materials, instructional manuals and videos, fitness equipment and accessories.

The Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness resides in the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. The Center’s charge, as reflected in its goals, is to implement and evaluate strategies to improve health and to measure outcomes globally, nationally and in the Washington, DC community.

Suquamish Tribe

The Suquamish Tribe Wellness Center assists the comirmunity members in overcoming obstacles that hinder growth throughout their life’s journey. Many counseling opportunities are provided to accomplish this mission in the areas of mental health, substance use and problem gambling. They strive to provide culturally-responsive programs based on the unique needs of the people and community they serve.

Trust For America’s Health

Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority. By focusing on PREVENTION, PROTECTION, and COMMUNITIES, TFAH is leading the fight to make disease prevention a national priority, from Capitol Hill to Main Street. We know what works. Now we need to build the resolve to get it done.

U.S. Center for SafeSport

The U.S. Center for SafeSport is focused on preventing physical, emotional and sexual abuse in sport. The Center collaborates with sport organizations to foster a culture of safety by raising awareness, developing best practices, and providing education and training to promote respect and prevent abuse.

Urology of Virginia

Urology of Virginia (UVA) has a long history of providing comprehensive and quality care to the Hampton Roads and Eastern Shore communities. At UVA, you’ll find doctors and specialists well-versed in providing the most customized programs and treatment plans.

Walden University

For 45 years, Walden University, an accredited institution, has been serving the higher education needs of adult learners. Today, more than 47,800 students from all 50 U.S. states and more than 150 countries are pursing bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees and certificates online in a broad range of disciplines including health sciences, counseling, criminal justice, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, social work, public administration, and information technology.

Federal Advisory Panel

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

National Foundation on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition

President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition


Kai Sommer ist ein etablierter Fachmann in den Branchen Gesundheit, Fitness und Medizin. Er schreibt bereits - neben anderen Tätigkeiten in diesen Bereichen - seit über 7 Jahren für unseren Gesundheitsblog und beweist dabei immer wieder seinen einmaligen Expertenstatus.


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