By Maddie Fromm, American Council on Exercise
The Coalition for the Registration of Exercise Professionals (CREP), along with several other key organizations representing the fitness sector in the U.S., recently signed on to the Marseille Declaration. This marked the global launch of the Marseille Declaration as well as the launch of the Universal Fitness Innovation & Transformation (UFIT) USA Taskforce.
The Marseille Declaration represents a global social change movement and is supported by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and promoted by the UNESCO Chair and its signatories. It is meant to bring together fitness industry leaders (and all those serving, operating and shaping the sector) to increase opportunities to engage with people with disabilities. It is a means to encourage these leaders to advocate, innovate and transform practices to enable the full and effective participation of people with disabilities in the fitness sector.
Originally introduced in Marseille, France, in 2015, UFIT is a social change movement aiming to increase fitness opportunities for people with disabilities by building capacity in health and fitness clubs and making access to high quality fitness experiences the norm for all individuals. The UFIT project calls on the fitness industry to be more inclusive of people with disabilities in their operations and asks people with disabilities to explore all that fitness clubs have to offer. CREP is proud to play a part in facilitating this movement in the U.S.
The goals of the UFIT USA Task Force include the following:
- To mainstream diversity and "inclusivize" communities
- To upskill fitness professionals to deliver inclusive fitness programs
- To support the implementation of inclusive practices
- To promote active lifestyles through inclusive fitness
- To support the professionalization of inclusive fitness professionals
- To support the training and implementation of UFIT across the U.S.
- To increase the number of inclusive health clubs and participation of people with all types of abilities
For more information on UFIT, visit www.justdoufit.com.
For more information on ACE, visit https://www.acefitness.org/.