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How IHRSA is Partnering to Make the World Healthier

by Amy Bantham, IHRSA's vice president of health promotion and health policy

“Networks of cooperation undertaken in good faith by those with a common goal lead to better results.”

These were the words that most resonated with me during former President Bill Clinton’s opening address at the 2017 Partnership for a Healthier America Summit, which took place May 10-12 in Washington, D.C.

I was honored to represent IHRSA and the industry at this event, which brings together public and private sectors with the common goal to end childhood obesity.

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Exercise (and Health Clubs) Play Important Roles in Cancer Prevention

February is Cancer Prevention Month, and IHRSA is teaming up with the American Institute of Cancer Research (AICR) to spread the word about how healthy behaviors can help prevent cancer.

6 Healthy Lifestyle Habits to Prevent Cancer

According to AICR, 50% of the most common cancer types can be prevented by six healthy lifestyle habits:

  1. moving more;
  2. sitting less;
  3. eating a healthful diet;
  4. avoiding smoking;
  5. protecting your skin;
  6. and getting vaccinated.

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This Week in the Fitness Industry: Gym Memberships Improve Exercise Habits, Heart Health

Gym Memberships Improve Exercise Habits, Heart Health
The results of a new study won’t come as a shock to anyone in the health club industry. People who belong to a health club not only exercised more—they also had better cardiovascular health outcomes, according to a study from a team of Iowa State University researchers. Those health benefits were even greater for those who had a gym membership for more than one year, said Duck-chul (DC) Lee, an assistant professor of kinesiology and corresponding author of the paper. "It's not surprising that people with a gym membership work out more, but the difference in our results is pretty dramatic," Lee said. "Gym members were 14 times more aerobically active than non-members and 10 times more likely to meet muscle-strengthening guidelines, regardless of their age and weight."

Wexer Launches New Virtual Training Concepts
Fit-tech company Wexer announced Thursday a suite of brand new virtual classes, which aim to meet the growing demands of today’s consumer. Since Wexer believes 2017 will be the year when people become truly aware of meditation and mindful exercise, they created a channel for club operators to deliver mediation to their members worldwide. The new content aims to promote mental and physical calm as well as deeper breathing to calm the nervous system. Wexer also met the demand for more virtual boxing earlier this year when it launched Boxx Method on all virtual players. Read the full press release about Wexer’s virtual training concepts. 

Download the Shiny, New IHRSA 2017 App!

With IHRSA 2017 rapidly approaching, we've launched a new mobile app to greatly enhance the experience for attendees in Los Angeles. Among the many functions available, the app features:  

  • A live activity feed so users can follow all the goings on at the Convention and Trade Show;
  • A leaderboard, which awards points to attendees for posting photos, updates, and taking surveys and polls and displays a top 20 list for all to see;
  • A map of the IHRSA Trade Show floor;
  • The latest updates to schedules, sessions, locations, and much more!   

Download the IHRSA 2017 app.

Motionsoft Digital Bootcamp Aims to Forward Fitness Industry Innovation
Motionsoft announced the launch of its yearly online digital education series, the Technology Summit Digital Bootcamp. The firm, which provides software, payment processing, and back office support services for the fitness, health, and wellness markets, said the bootcamp is designed to help health and fitness club professionals to capitalize on technology innovations and learn best practices from subject matter experts. The theme for the 2017 Digital Bootcamp education series, now in it’s third year, is "Cross-Industry Learning and Innovation: Technology Insights and Best Practices Fitness Firms Can Gain from the Hospitality and Retail Industries." Read the full press release about Motionsoft’s Digital Bootcamp.

IHRSA Foundation Set to Launch ACCESS Health Initiative Programs
The IHRSA Foundation announced that 2017 will see the launch of five ACCESS Health pilot programs in IHRSA clubs, from California to New York. The ACCESS Health Initiative is the IHRSA Foundation’s five-year strategic effort to remove barriers to physical activity for people with chronic conditions through participant-focused, multi-dimensional wellness programs. One such program, funded by the IHRSA Foundation and the American Council on Exercise (ACE), is a pilot to serve cancer patients in San Diego area health clubs. In addition, the IHRSA Foundation is also addressing the needs of people with disabilities. Learn more about the IHRSA Foundation’s latest initiatives.


Help The IHRSA Foundation Give Back Just By Shopping on Amazon

As the season of holiday giving (and shopping) approaches, the IHRSA Foundation has partnered with your favorite online retailer—Amazon—to make giving a little easier this year.

By following a few easy steps before you start shopping on Amazon, for every purchase you make Amazon Smile will make a donation to the IHRSA Foundation—a 501(c)3 charitable organization that strives to promote health through exercise. 

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How You Can Do Just Good By Shopping

These donations will help promote health through exercise, supporting projects like:

1. ACCESS Health: Cancer Wellness

A six-week "train the trainer" program using physical activity, nutrition education, and stress management to improve quality of life outcomes in cancer survivors.

2. ACCESS Health: Inclusive Fitness

A project to increase the knowledge and skills of special needs individuals and encouraging their full participation in the community and local economy.

3. ACCESS Health: Diabetes

A multi-dimensional wellness program maximizing the long-term “whole body” fitness and health of people with diabetes.

4. ACCESS Health: Chronic Disease

A multi-dimensional, participant-focused program empowering Americans with chronic health issues to improve their health through exercise.

How to Support the IHRSA Foundation on Amazon

To support the Foundation, simply: 

  1. Log in to using your existing Amazon account information;
  2. Choose "IHRSA Foundation" as your preferred charity on Amazon Smile, and start chipping away at your holiday (or every day) shopping lists. 

That's it! 

Download this infographic to learn more about the Foundation and about how your Amazon Smile donations will help the IHRSA Foundation's mission to improve the health and quality of life through exercise and positive lifestyle behaviors.

Give the gift of health today, and throughout this holiday season.  Don’t forget—Cyber Monday is November 28, 2016.


Physically Active Doctors More Likely to Counsel Patients to Be Physically Active

Doctors who are physically active are more likely to counsel their patients to be physically active, according to new research conducted by the IHRSA Foundation and the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

The study, recently published in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, collected survey responses from 412 sports medicine physicians. Of the doctors surveyed, 74% regularly recommended physical activity, 66% talked about exercise with patients, and 49% included it as a vital sign; only 26% provided a written exercise prescription.  

And when doctors do counsel their patients, they tend to recommend activities that are familiar to them; walking, followed by aerobic activity, strength training, and cycling were the most recommended forms of physical activity. Doctors cited time constraints and limited tools as the greatest challenges to counseling their patients on physical activity.

So what does this mean for clubs?
  1. Doctors recommend what they know. Invite doctors into your club so that they can experience all the different types of exercise programming that you have to offer.
  2. Doctors are short on resources. Develop ready-to-use informational materials on physical activity and exercise programming that doctors can share with their patients, or use materials IHRSA has already developed for you.
  3. Doctors are short on time. Offer your club and your staff as a resource for them.