FeaturesPROMOTING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY FOR MENTAL WELL-BEINGCooper, Stephanie L. Ph.D., ACSM-CEPAuthor Information Stephanie L. Cooper, Ph.D., ACSM-CEP, is an assistant professor of kinesiology at the University of San Francisco. She specializes in exercise psychology and focuses on effective ways to enhance mental health through exercise in various populations. She has been a fitness industry leader for more than 12 years and currently teaches fitness classes in both boutique and luxury fitness facilities. Disclosure: The author declares no conflicts of interest and does not have any financial disclosures. ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal: May/June 2020 - Volume 24 - Issue 3 - p 12-16 doi: 10.1249/FIT.0000000000000569 Buy Metrics AbstractIn Brief Apply It! After reading this article, the health and fitness professional should be able to: • Understand why providing clients with accessible strategies to enhance mental health is important; • Discuss the vital role of exercise in preventing and alleviating anxiety and depression; • Recognize the importance of balancing evidence-based exercise prescription with client preferences in accumulating meaningful bouts of physical activity to contribute to good mental well-being. Promoting physical activity for prevention and management of chronic diseases that manifest physically is common; however, health and fitness industry leaders should be aware of the modifying effects of exercise on mental health outcomes as well. This feature article will provide a brief overview of the preventative and ameliorative effects of exercise on common psychological disturbances (e.g., anxiety and depression) and understand why this is of particular importance in light of recent changes in life span expectancy in the United States. © 2020 American College of Sports Medicine.