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Why the World Needs Health Clubs

Robert Brewster's letter in June CBI "Industry Pride, Well Justified" prompted me to put up some data on why I am proud to represent the health club industry... 

Why We Need Health Clubs

  • 31.1% of the world’s adults, or about 1.5 billion people, are almost completely sedentary
  • 5.3 million people a year, or 1 in 10, die from diseases tied to physical inactivity as compared to 5.1 million who die annually because of smoking
  • A 10% increase in physical activity could reduce direct health-care expenditures in Canada by C$ 150 million. 
(approximately US$ 124 million) in a year
  • If every inactive person in the United States who was began exercising, it could save $77 billion in healthcare costs.

Because of Health Clubs

  • More than 54 million U.S. members (140 million globally) are finding support and encouragement to exercise and live healthy lives.
  • Hundreds of thousands of people with diabetes, heart disease, cancer, arthritis and other illnesses are finding it easier to manage their chronic conditions and enjoy life.
  • Hundreds of thousands of people confronted with stress, anxiety and depression are finding a healthy way to cope - along with the social and professional support of other club members and fitness professionals.
  • Health clubs pump more than $22 billion dollars annually into the U.S. economy ($78 billion globally), and employ millions in meaningful careers.


Meredith Poppler

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Meredith works daily to grow, protect, and promote the industry by raising awareness of and funding for important public policy issues, while encouraging advocacy, collaboration and leadership within the industry.

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