Wellness Resources

Whether you're looking for nutrition advice or would like information on becoming a personal trainer, we have plenty of resources to keep you on the path to wellness. 

ACE Fitness Leadership Course

ACE Fitness Leadership Course

Campus Recreation's ACE Fitness Leadership Course prepares you to become a certified fitness professional through the American Council on Exercise (ACE). There are two separate programs available: Group Exercise Instructor and Personal Trainer. Each course is a nine-week program. The program prepares you for the ACE exam by helping you build confidence in your leadership abilities while providing fitness knowledge and hands-on training opportunities with fitness testing and various fitness equipment and props. Please stop by the Living Well Center for more information or call 530-754-2179.

Complete the Fitness Leadership Course Application and submit via e-mail to Reed Phinisey/rdphinisey@ucdavis.edu (Personal Training) or Kayleigh Rohrbach/karohrbach@ucdavis.edu. Lastly they can dropped off at the Living Well Center with attention to Reed.

Important Dates and Deadlines:

Application deadline: Friday, February 28, 2020, by 5 p.m.
Interviews: March 4-5, 2020 (details included on the application below)
Notification of acceptance: Friday, March 8, 2020
Deadline to pay course fee: Monday, March 30, 2020

For additional Group Exercise application click HERE

For additional Personal Training application click HERE 

Frequently Asked Questions

Class offerings vary each year. Please call the Living Well center at 530-754-2179 or email at livewell@campusrec.ucdavis.edu for more information or to add your name to the interest list. Please specify if you are interested in the ACE Personal Training or ACE Group Exercise course.

Does the course fee include the cost of taking the ACE exam?

The course fee does not include the cost of the national certification examination, but does provide individuals with the ACE Manual, quizzes and much more in preparation for the exam. Also, as a member of the course, you receive a discount on the examination fees.

What are the benefits of being a student in the ACE Fitness Leadership Course?

The Campus Recreation Living Well program will become your family to help you every step of the way in your quest to become a fitness professional. The course will help you prepare for the ACE exam and become a successful fitness professional.

By participating in the ACE Fitness Leadership Course, you will have the opportunity to save over 20% off the cost of course materials and the exam. Opportunities to practice with your group is another major benefit that helps ease anxiety and nervousness as a rookie instructor.

What is the difference between a Group Exercise instructor and a personal trainer?

Group Exercise instructors and personal trainers both learn basic fitness principles, physiology, anatomy, biomechanics and exercise techniques. However, Group Exercise instructors are taught such subjects as music selection, tempo, choreography and cueing in order to lead a safe and effective group of individuals as opposed to personal attention. Personal trainers are taught more detailed topics on tailored exercise program design and one-on-one teaching techniques.

Will I be guaranteed employment with the Campus Recreation and Unions Fitness and Wellness Program if I enroll in the program?

The ACE Fitness Leadership Course provides individuals with the nuts and bolts needed to become an instructor. Auditions will be held for individuals interested in teaching at the ARC and instructors will be hired based on skills exhibited and the need for additional instructors or trainers on the staff. As a campus employer, we offer preferential hiring to current UC Davis students.

Can I participate if I am a university affiliate or from the local community?

Yes. Applicants that are not students at the University of California at Davis can apply for the course; however, course fees vary depending upon affiliation with the university. Affiliates and Community Members enrolled in the course still have the opportunity to save 20% off the cost of the ACE exam.

What are the course fees?

Student rate: $375 + testing cost
University affiliate: $400 + testing cost (ARC access required via Campus Recreation membership or day pass on lab days only)
General public: $450 + testing cost (ARC access required via Campus Recreation membership or day pass on lab days only)

Nutrition Services

What is Healthy Aggies (Nutrition Services)?

Healthy Aggies logo

Healthy Aggies is a student-run group funded and supervised by the LiveWell Coordinator and Campus Recreation Registered Dietitian (RD).  Within this group there are two groups of students working within the campus community. 

  • The Healthy Aggies Street Team
  • The Healthy Aggies Nutrition Peer Counselors

Healthy Aggies provide sound nutrition information through participation in campus events like the UC Davis Farmers Market with education and food tasting, Aggie Compass nutrition drop-in hours, ARC nutrition drop-in hours and by invitation in events hosted by campus partners.  We believe in advocating for healthy habits and living the most whole and balanced life possible during college and beyond. You can participate with the Healthy Aggies by

  • Signing up for our monthly newsletter 
  • Subscribe to our weekly blog
  • Interacting with us on IG (@ucdhealthyaggies) and Facebook 
  • Visiting our tabling activities
  • Attending drop-in hours – get your nutrition questions answered
  • Scheduling a Nutrition Consultation – a more in depth, personal discussion about your nutrition goals.

We provide evidence based nutrition information and our services are open to all UC Davis students and members of the UC Davis community. 

*We do not diagnose, treat or give medical advice.  If you are in need of such services we are happy to direct you to the appropriate resources.  Use our services to broaden your general nutrition knowledge, ask questions about something you heard about, and discuss work you are engaged in towards your own health goals. 

Meet Our Peer Counselors 

Nutrition Peer Counselors are senior clinical nutrition students at UC Davis.  Classwork includes nutrition assessment, motivational counseling, and dietary requirements for various age groups.  Your counselor can help you simplify your life around food and cooking, help you set goals and take one step at a time towards the final habits you’re looking to incorporate for a lifetime of health. Read more about our counselors here.

Nutrition Advice with Healthy Aggies

If you aren't sure what to eat, how much to eat, or how to bump up your energy with food, stop by the Living Well center and talk with our nutrition staff about meeting your nutrition and overall health goals.


Aggie Compass is located on the first floor of the MU next to The Market. To contact the center, email compass@ucdavis.edu or call (530) 752-9254.

Nutrition Consultation 

Learn about how you can improve your diet and make it more well-rounded to fit your personal needs and goals. To prepare for your appointment with one of our nutrition counselors, you will need to complete a food frequency packet. When you meet with our staff, you will get a full nutrient profile report. Our staff will then give you personal nutrition advice to improve your diet based on this scientific analysis. Fill out this quick form and pick a counselor to get started. Please contact the Living Well center at livewell@campusrec.ucdavis.edu to schedule your appointment. 

Fee: FREE during campus closure (As of 4/1/20 until further notice)

Educational Content

Providing educational content on several different platforms (in-house, social media & YouTube) is a vital component of our overall reach. 

We also provide direction on topics such as supplements & fad diets. Please see our policies on these topics below.

Living-Well Nutrition - Popular Diet Trends: Pros and Cons

Fit-Well Nutrition - Supplementation Policy

MyPlate and Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Follow Healthy Aggies

Instagram: @ucdhealthyaggies
Facebook: Healthy Aggies at UC Davis

For more information, please visit The Healthy Aggies Blog

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