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This Week in the Fitness Industry: Club Offers Free Access to Locals Displaced by Hurricane

South Carolina Club Offers Free Access to Locals Displaced by Hurricane Matthew
Sportsclub Fitness & Wellness, an IHRSA member with three clubs in South Carolina, is generously inviting those who have been displaced by the effects of Hurricane Matthew to make use of any of its locations for free through Sunday, October 9. 

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GoodLife Fitness to Add 600 New Positions as Growth Continues
GoodLife Fitness announced last week that the company will hire 600 new Associates in clubs across Canada, by the end of August 2017. The Canadian owned and operated company will open 15 GoodLife Fitness clubs across the country. In November, GoodLife will also celebrate the grand opening of a new 60,000 square foot home office, in London, Ontario. “It’s a very exciting time for us, as we look to grow the GoodLife Fitness family by 600 people over the next year,” David ‘Patch’ Patchell-Evans, founder and CEO of GoodLife Fitness, said in a press release. “When I opened my first club in 1979, it was a small 2,000 square foot location in London and all I knew is that I wanted to care for people and help them experience the incredible benefits of exercise,” continued Patch. “Even as we’ve grown to become the fourth largest chain in the world and largest in Canada, it’s still so important to us that the people joining our team are caring, knowledgeable and share our passion for helping others be the best version of themselves.”

Wellness Coaching Helps People to Lead Healthier Lives, Study Finds
Increasingly, American companies and health insurers are providing “wellness coaches” to help motivate people to lead heathier lives and, ultimately, curb the rise of chronic diseases. And, while wellness coaching is a relatively new field, a Mayo Clinic study suggests that the practice is helping people achieve results. According to the 12-week study, the majority of 100 participants who worked with a wellness coach lost weight, improved their eating habits, and increased their physical activity. “Many people can implement positive lifestyle changes, but maintaining change over time is extremely difficult,” Matthew M. Clark, a clinical psychologist at Mayo Clinic and the lead author of the study, told The Wall Street Journal. “This finding highlights the importance of ongoing strategies and support for positive lifestyle changes.”

Meet the IHRSA Advocate: Your New Guide to Health Club Industry Advocacy
Keeping up with the latest industry advocacy information can be challenging. The legislative process can sometimes move quickly and bill revisions can be easily missed. That is why our public policy team created the IHRSA Advocate—to allow you to continue effectively managing your business without missing a beat. 

The IHRSA Advocate is a new bi-weekly advocacy e-newsletter that will help you recognize and understand the latest information on health club policies and trends, and summarize exactly how these initiatives impact your daily business operations. Learn more about the IHRSA Advocate.

Reader Comments (1)

This is a wonderful and kind gesture. Nice blog
January 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLucky I.

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