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Entries in Summit for a Healthier America (3)


11th Annual Summit for a Healthier America is Around the Corner

America has an inactivity problem…health clubs provide the solution.

As a health club operator, you are a major part of the solution to the inactivity epidemic, so please join us as we tap into the creativity, ingenuity and leadership of Summit attendees to envision the club of the future and the club industry as a solution to the inactivity crisis. Attendance is free for IHRSA health club members. 

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10th Annual IHRSA Summit is a Success!

IHRSA members from across the country gathered at the Top of the Hill Banquet and Conference Center in Washington, DC, eager to discuss the importance of primary prevention and positioning health clubs as leaders in the fight against unhealthy lifestyles. Members heard from Dr. Eddie Phillips, who spoke about the relationship between physicians and health clubs; representatives from the American Heart Association, Bill Sells from the Sporting Goods Manufacturer’s Association and many more.

Hear what attendees are saying about the event… 

Attendees met with their Members of Congress today, taking the industry’s message of primary prevention to lawmakers, asking them to support policies that will make healthy lifestyle choices the easy choice for all Americans.

The 10th Annual Summit for a Healthier America is proudly sponsored by the American Council on Exercise, the National Academy of Sports Medicine and SPRI Products.

Check out photos from the 10th Annual Summit for a Healthier America, May 1-2, in Washington, DC, on IHRSA’s website. Also hear from IHRSA members who attended this premier event, on their lobbying experience and why making the trip to DC is so important.

View the online album here.


Realizing the Vision for a Healthier, More Prosperous America  


L-R: Congressman Jeff Flake (AZ-6), Bill Staples, NASMIHRSA would like to thank all the fitness industry professionals who attended the 9th Annual Summit for a Healthier America last week in Washington, DC, making the event a great success. Fitness industry professionals from across the country served as proud ambassadors for our industry, carrying our powerful message of primary prevention and wellness to our lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

This week, IHRSA’s same message is featured on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Be Active Your Way blog. Read the post here.

The 2011 Summit for a Healthier America was proudly sponsored by the American Council on Exercise, Chobani Greek Yogurt, MYZONE, National Academy of Sports Medicine and SPRI Products.