ACSM 2015 Health & Fitness Summit: ACSM's American Fitness Index: From Evolution to Revolution

Presented by: Walt Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM

Share This Course

What's Included

Access your courses with a computer, tablet or smartphone.

Videos and interactive content designed for a proven learning experience.

Take your courses when you want and where you want.


The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) launched the ACSM American Fitness Index™ (AFI) program in 2008 (evolution) to help communities identify opportunities to improve the health of their residents and expand community assets to support healthy, active lifestyles. The cornerstone of the program is the annual AFI data report which reflects a composite of preventive health behaviors, levels of chronic disease conditions, health care access, as well as community resources and policies that support physical activity. Communities with the highest AFI scores are considered to have strong community fitness, a concept analogous to individuals having strong personal fitness. The 50 largest metropolitan areas in the United States are included in the AFI data report each year. Session participants will be briefed on the AFI data report; learn about the AFI technical assistance demonstration projects (revolution) in Oklahoma City, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Las Vegas, Miami, and Charlotte; learn how to translate and apply the lessons learned from the demonstration projects for their own needs; and how to bring awareness of physical activity and advocacy to their own community. 

Available Course Credits


Learning Objectives

Three “Take-Away” Points. Participants will be able to: • Describe the AFI data report metrics, how they are related to the health of a metropolitan area, and how grassroots advocacy really does work. • Evaluate strategies from the AFI technical assistance demonstration projects and how to apply lessons learned to your own community. • Learn tactics on how media advocacy and social media are powerful tools for local and national awareness. 

Course Content

Top 5 Performance Enhancers for Fitness: Health & Fitness Summit 2015
ACSM 2015 Health & Fitness Summit: ACSM's American Fitness Index: From Evolution to Revolution - TEST