ACE ® Health Coach

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Ace the ACE ® Health Coach exam with Brainscape.

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Advance your career with the ACE ® Health Coach Certification and use Brainscape as your supplementary tool to easily and efficiently master the intensive content required to pass the exam!

Considered the gold standard in health and fitness, the ACE ® Health Coach Certification teaches you the science and skills you need to deliver meaningful and lasting lifestyle changes for those you are called to serve.

As with any science discipline, however, there is a staggering number of facts to learn to do well in this certification—from understanding lifestyle factors, such as sleep and substance use, to chronic diseases like diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and depression and anxiety.

To make the task much easier and more efficient, Brainscape, together with our panel of certified, experienced health and fitness experts, have distilled the entire curriculum down into a collection of 760+ flashcards, which have been neatly organized into 18 topical decks.

What makes Brainscape’s ACE Health Coach exam prep different

Our flashcards drill you on each section of the ACE Health Coach Exam, including the foundations of health and wellness coaching, the coaching experience, lifestyle medicine, chronic diseases and comorbid conditions, professional conduct, and much more.

These have been carefully curated to follow the exam distribution of information and are delivered in a way that tests both your content knowledge and your ability to apply that content to practical situations.

Meet Brainscape’s ACE Health Coach and lead author

Brainscape’s ACE Health Coach flashcards have been authored by a team of experts lead by Cassie Laegen, an ACE Certified Health Coach, NASM Sports Performance Enhancement Specialist, and ASCM Certified Personal Trainer with a Masters of Science degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion.

With more than 10 years’ experience in the medical fitness industry—and specialties in exercise as medicine, corporate wellness, and adult education—Cassie is the very best expert to distill the ACE Health Coach certification content down into its composite bite-sized facts in order to help other students learn more efficiently.

Brainscape’s flashcards app helps you learn faster

The brain is hardwired to learn and remember information a certain way. The Brainscape™ flashcard app was born out of the question: what if we leveraged this hardwiring to help students learn more efficiently? Fueled by curiosity, our team of cognitive scientists from Columbia and Yale spent years developing a scientifically optimized learning platform to boost your learning.

Our "secret sauce" is a learning algorithm that delivers information to your brain in a way that optimizes its ability to retain that information. And it’s the spaced repetition of ACE Health Coach content at precisely the right interval for YOUR brain that makes Brainscape so effective for remembering the facts.

With Brainscape ACE Health Coach course, you get:

  • 760 Flashcards divided into 18 decks, including hundreds of flashcards on the core components of coaching, behavior-change models and theories, and more.
  • A carefully-tailored curriculum that builds on previous concepts and guides you from beginner to expert at your own pace.
  • Simple explanations for key concepts that require deeper understanding.
  • Ongoing feedback, statistics, and visualization tools to help you track your progress.
  • A network of thousands of other students and professors who support each other’s learning every day.
  • In-sync studying across Brainscape’s website and all your iOS and Android devices.

Now go crush the ACE Health Coach exam!

Decks in this class (18)

Role and Scope of the Health Coach
Upon completion of this deck, the learner will be able to define wellness, list characteristics of person-centered care, explain the role and scope of health coaching, describe similarities and differences between health coaches and other health professionals, and identify when to refer clients to other healthcare professionals.
53  cards
Core Components of Coaching
Upon completion of this deck, the learner will be able to outline the core coaching competencies, explain the importance of various forms of communication, employ effective strategies for creating and maintaining client-coach relationships, and list barriers and facilitators of health behavior changes.
40  cards
Behavior-change Models and Theories
Upon completion of this deck, the learner will be able to list and describe the five stages of change, recognize a client's readiness to change, define self-efficacy, describe the health belief model, and explain how autonomy, competence, and relatedness influence motivation.
70  cards
Skills and Methods for Supporting Lifestyle Change
Upon completion of this deck, the learner will be able to define motivational interviewing, explain and apply the four skills of motivational interviewing, describe the principles of cognitive behavior coaching, and identify the key components of SMART goals.
51  cards
Considerations for the Initial Session
Upon completion of this deck, the learner will be able to describe components of a well-structured coaching agreement, explain the purpose of screening and assessment tools, and employ effective interview skills to build rapport and improve client self-discovery in the first coaching session.
20  cards
The Art of Coaching
Upon completion of this deck, the learner will be able to describe the ACE cycle of change, identify approaches to exploring values and visions, recognize and respond to change talk in order to sprout motivation, list methods of accountability, and assist clients in creating problem-solving skills and coping mechanisms to overcome barriers.
23  cards
A Mindful Approach to Stress Management
Upon completion of this deck, the learner will be able to differentiate between stress and stressors, explain the physiological process of the stress response, discuss the psychological effects of stress, identify the correlations among chronic stress, health challenges, and disease states, and apply attitudinal factors of mindfulness to health coaching.
46  cards
Nutrition for Health and Well-being
Upon completion of this deck, the learner will be able to identify the scope of practice of a health coach as it relates to nutrition, discuss current evidence-based eating patterns, dissect a nutrition label, and outline practical strategies to improve client food literacy.
53  cards
The Power of Physical Activity
Upon completion of this deck, the learner will be able to differentiate among physical activity, exercise, and physical fitness, list the five health-related components of fitness, discuss current physical activity guidelines, and discuss the impact of physical activity in the prevention and management of chronic conditions.
50  cards
Understanding Lifestyle Factors: Sleep and Substance Use
Upon completion of this deck, the learner will be able to explain how sleep impacts health and wellbeing, identify best practices to promote quality sleep, discuss how substances such as alcohol and drugs impact health, and recognize when and how to refer clients to appropriate professionals for substance misuse.
54  cards
Chronic Diseases and Comorbid Conditions: Obesity
Upon completion of this deck, the learner will be able to list the major factors that contribute to obesity, identify the diagnostic criteria for overweight and obese classifications, explain the chief components of a behavioral weight loss plan, outline dietary strategies for weight loss, and discuss the role of physical activity and exercise in the prevention and treatment of obesity.
54  cards
Chronic Diseases and Comorbid Conditions: Cardiovascular Disease
Upon completion of this deck, the learner will be able to identify strategies to prevent initial or recurrent cardiac events, list common screening and diagnostic tests used to detect CAD, discuss the role of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease (CVD), and explain dietary strategies for clients with CVD.
43  cards
Chronic Diseases and Comorbid Conditions: Hypertension
Upon completion of this deck, the learner will be able to list the diagnostic criteria for the different levels of high blood pressure, identify risk factors for essential hypertension, understand the role of exercises and dietary components in the prevention and treatment of hypertension, and discuss how stress management can help a client manage their blood pressure.
29  cards
Chronic Diseases and Comorbid Conditions: Diabetes
Upon completion of this deck, the learner will be able to list the different types of diabetes and discuss the risk factors for each, identify diagnostic criteria for the different levels of diabetes, list and discuss treatment strategies for diabetes and explain how lifestyle change can impact the prevention and management of diabetes.
44  cards
Chronic Diseases and Comorbid Conditions: Depression and Anxiety
Upon completion of this deck, the learner will be able to list common symptoms of depression, discuss the impact depression, anxiety, and stress can have on behaviors, understand the relationship between mood and exercise, explain behavioral strategies to help clients manage depression and anxiety, and recognize when to refer clients to a mental health professional.
25  cards
Chronic Diseases and Comorbid Conditions: Additional Diseases, Conditions, and Considerations
Upon completion of this deck, the learner will be able to identify, discuss, and explain strategies for managing and preventing dyslipidemia, cancer, osteoporosis, low back pain, and bone health.
54  cards
Professional Commitments and Considerations
Upon completion of this deck, the learner will be able to list the social determinants of health, employ effective strategies to foster inclusive coaching environments, understand the importance of establishing and enforcing professional boundaries, analyze best practices for documenting and safeguarding client information, and recognize and respond to emergency situations.
28  cards
The Business of Health Coaching
Upon completion of this deck, the learner will be able to identify opportunities for health coaching, explain various delivery methods for coaching, describe the business and legal considerations for health coaches, and apply effective marketing practices to promote health coaching services.
27  cards

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