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Peter and Kathie Davis, co-founders of IDEA Health & Fitness Association, the world's leading professional organization of fitness and wellness professionals for the last 32 years, were recently inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame.
Together as husband and wife, the Davises co-founded IDEA in 1982 on the strength of one basic premise; that by fostering professionalism in the health and fitness industry, millions of people around the world could live healthier, happier lives.
"At that time, Peter and I were fresh out of college and felt empowered by the growing fitness movement. But we also realized that fitness instructors had little experience or background," said Kathie Davis. "We believed that the fitness industry needed some kind of association that offered unbiased information, safety standards and career development resources. From that revelation IDEA was born, and we've never looked back."
In 32 years, the grass-roots effort, which started in the Davis's spare bedroom with minimal funds and zero staff, has grown to more than 65,000 members and subscribers in more than 80 countries who carry out the IDEA mission to Inspire the World to Fitness®. The Davises also introduced the first formal professional fitness certification organization in 1985, the IDEA Foundation, now known as the American Council on Exercise (ACE).
About IDEA Health & Fitness Association
IDEA Health & Fitness Association is the world's leading organization of fitness and wellness professionals. We deliver world-class content and continuing education to fitness professionals through three channels: our seven publications, including the award-winning IDEA Fitness Journal; our world-class fitness conferences; and hundreds of streaming videos and DVD courses available on our website www.ideafit.com. Additionally, with IDEA FitnessConnect, we 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, we Inspire the World to Fitness®.