Michele Wong receives ACE Behavior Change Specialist Certification

Posted by Elizabeth Studebaker on Apr 25, 2016 12:25:53 PM

Active Wellness, Michele Wong, Corporate Wellness 

VP of Wellness and Client Services, Michele Wong, recently completed her practical exam and received her Behavior Change Specialist Certification from the American Council on Exercise (ACE). "I am so excited that ACE is continuing to enhance the specialty certification offerings for our industry and that coaching is high on their list of priorities. Working in Corporate Wellness and with Medical Fitness Centers for so many years has made me a firm believer that coaching is a skill that is just as important in our industry as knowing how to perform a fitness assessment."

This certification gives individuals the tools to help bridge the gap between clinical care and fitness and wellness programs through coaching. And this is why Active has made coaching a part of its member onboarding and support process. Technology has increased individual access to information and personal health data but access alone hasn’t moved the needle on health outcomes. Coaching seems to be the missing link. In 2008, the American College of Sports Medicine’s Exercise is Medicine initiative was launched to combat chronic disease through physical activity and fitness. This past February the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the Medical Fitness Association (MFA) announced a collaboration and launched the Exercise is Medicine Solution furthering the commitment among these organizations to combat chronic disease through physical activity and exercise. As an ACE Subject Matter Expert on Health Coaching, Wong knows first-hand that the organization believes coaching is a critical piece to the success of these initiatives to improve health, and Active is very excited to be apart of the process.

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