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F as in Fat…ter

Last week Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released their annual edition of F as in Fat, a nationwide report on obesity levels by state. The report indicates that obesity is still on the rise but the pace has slowed compared to last year. Still, rates of obesity are high—dangerously high, according to the report.

“Today, the state with the lowest obesity rate would have had the highest rate in 1995,” said Jeff Levi, Ph.D., executive director of TFAH. “There was a clear tipping point in our national weight gain over the last twenty years, and we can't afford to ignore the impact obesity has on our health and corresponding health care spending.”

F as in Fat also makes policy recommendations for proper nutrition, smoking cessation and better infrastructure that provides ample opportunities for physical activity.

To view the full report click here.


IHRSA Advocates for Personal Trainers in Massachusetts

Yesterday, IHRSA testified before the Massachusetts Legislature in support of legislation that would codify IHRSA’s Board of Director’s position on personal training certification requirements. IHRSA spoke before the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, and outlined why the bill is good for consumers, and for the fitness industry.  “Currently, anyone can hold themselves out to be a personal trainer,” said Amy Bantham, Deputy Vice President of Government Relations at IHRSA. “This bill would help ensure that only qualified personal trainers are providing services to Massachusetts consumers.” It also lends more credibility to the profession, she says.

House Bill 1005 (HB 1005) establishes certification requirements in line with the IHRSA Board of Director’s recommendation that member clubs hire personal trainers holding at least one current certification from a certifying organization/agency that has begun third-party accreditation of its certification procedures and protocols from an independent, experienced, and nationally recognized accrediting body.

For more information, please contact Tim Sullivan, IHRSA’s Senior Legislative Analyst at or (800) 228-4772.


In Your Capitol

When it comes to running a business, your state legislature can have greater impact than the federal government. The following are state legislative alerts sent to IHRSA membership since the last edition of Capitol Report: