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National Public Health Week: Recognizing Community Efforts to Improve Health

Every year, the first week of April marks National Public Health Week, a week to "recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation."

Health clubs play an important role in addressing some of these issues—namely physical inactivity and obesity. Clubs contribute to efforts to improve community health in a number of ways, from specific programs to community outreach to charitable donation. 

IHRSA has created several products in the past year to highlight clubs running successful programs addressing health issues and help other clubs implement their programs. These include:

Active Kids in the School & Community

Child obesity is a major health problem in the United States, where over 17% of children and adolescents are obese. Kids who are obese in childhood have a higher risk of remaining so in adulthood compared to their average-weight peers. 

The Active Kids in the School & Community e-book shares success stories from seven clubs running programs to get kids more active in their local community. 

Get the Active Kids in the School & Community e-book.

The Medical Wellness Toolkit

Children aren't the only ones suffering from obesity—in the U.S., over two-thirds of the population is overweight and one-third is obese. Obesity puts adults at a higher risk for a number of chronic diseases, including diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, and sleep apnea. Physical inactivity is also an independent risk factor for those conditions, but only 20% of the population exercises at a health club.

Medical wellness programs can help clubs reach those people who normally may never set foot in a club, due to intimidation, lack of self-efficacy, or other barriers. 

The Medical Wellness Toolkit was created to help clubs design and implement medical wellness programs and better collaborate with the medical community. The toolkit also highlights several clubs running successful medical programs of their own.

Get the Medical Wellness Toolkit.


#WhyGetActive is a social media movement to reign in the physical inactivity crisis that feeds chronic diseases, drives healthcare spending, and escalates economic uncertainty in the United States and worldwide.

Spearheaded by IHRSA, #WhyGetActive is an inspirational movement that provides a worldwide platform for sharing the many compelling reasons for being physically active, and fosters a cultural shift toward wellness—wherein physically active lifestyles are encouraged, supported, and easier to sustain.

You can get involved in #WhyGetActive in several ways:

  1. Share why you choose to pursue an active lifestyle using the #WhyGetActive hashtag on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.
  2. Encourage your members to share their reasons #WhyGetActive on social media by promoting the hashtag at your club. 
  3. Use the hashtag to discuss healthy lifestyle topics or share news articles on the benefits of exercise.
  4. Sign up for the Health Benefits of Exercise Report and follow the IHRSA blog for more health and wellness updates. 

Learn more about #WhyGetActive.

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