Ontario Society Health & Fitness

About Us

Our Past

The Ontario Society for Health and Fitness (“OSHF”; “the Society”) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2007 to address the needs of Ontario’s rapidly growing fitness industry.  In tandem with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP), OSHF worked to promote the value of physical activity and the role of exercise professionals in improving population health.  By 2013, OSHF had grown to certify and serve more than two thousand CSEP Certified Personal Trainers and Exercise Physiologists, and was becoming a recognized source of support for related industry practitioners. 

Our Present

OSHF Mission
To advance quality health- and performance-related physical fitness practices.

In 2013, the OSHF mandate broadened.  No longer offering certifications, the Society formalized its status as a supporting body for health and fitness professionals – including CSEP professionals – and expanded its membership program to represent a wider range of designations.  OSHF offers practitioners an alternative to joining commercial-driven industry associations for continuing education and support.  The Society is committed to maintaining its cooperative structure by focusing on high practice standards, knowledge translation, and a quality, evidence-based approach to the fitness profession.

Our Future

OSHF Vision
Through the promotion of evidence-based physical fitness practices, OSHF strives to be a recognized source of support for Ontario exercise professionals and the communities that they serve.

The Ontario Society for Health and Fitness is dedicated to promoting the importance of physical activity and to ensuring that quality physical activity services are available across the province.  By supporting exercise professionals, encouraging evidence-based practice, and offering opportunities to enhance knowledge and skills, OSHF strives to achieve excellence in the physical activity industry and in turn, a healthier and more active population.   

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