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Kentucky Legislature Adjourned for 2015

The Kentucky legislature held executive sessions until April 4th without enacting any new rules for health clubs in the state.

IHRSA carefully reviewed each introduced bill, searching for legislation that would impact the health club industry either positively or negatively, prepared to notify Kentucky clubs when advocacy is needed. 

IHRSA worked during 2015 to protect the industry from legislation that would mandate AEDs in facilities that operate a swimming pool. The bill, which did not contain necessary liability protections for health club operators, did not advance prior to the session's adjournment.
At the start of the session, IHRSA prepared to defend Kentucky health clubs against a threat to member privacy in health club locker rooms. We also monitored a potential sales tax imposition, but neither of these threats materialized as legislation this year.

Additionally, IHRSA sought opportunities to advance legislation that would promote healthy living and incentivize joining a health club. We will continue to look for opportunities in the 2016 session.


Physical Activity Emphasized at Childhood Obesity Summit

A meeting of the minds took place in Kentucky last week to brainstorm ways to reduce the state's childhood obesity rate and improve academic performance, according to Kentucky Health News.

Children who are physically active are likely to be better learners, but not enough Kentucky schools seem to put that knowledge into practice, speakers suggested at last week’s Kentucky Summit on Childhood Obesity and Physical Activity.

Kentucky ranks eighth in child obesity.

Educators and health care professionals gathered at the University of Kentucky to discuss polices and programs that would encourage students to be more physically active throughout the day, including during school hours. "It has to be parents and schools and the community and legislators," said Susan Zepeda, president of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. "This challenge is about nutrition policies, physical-activity policies and building our environment with health in mind."


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.