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Entries in President's Council on Fitness Sports and Nutrition (14)


Celebrities, Athletes, and Everyday People Shine in the Fall Issue of Get Active!

 We’ve been fortunate to have many Olympians grace the pages of Get Active! over the years. So it was no surprise to us that gymnast Aly Raisman, who was featured on our May cover, shined so brightly during the 2016 Summer Olympics and took home a gold and two silver medals from Rio de Janeiro.

Aly’s three new medals should complement nicely the two gold medals and bronze that she won at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. As always, Aly competed with dignity and poise, making us extremely proud —and seemingly clairvoyant, too. Way to go, Aly!

IHRSA has a long history—dating back to the 1980s—of collaborating with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. We have also supported the Let’s Move! and Joining Forces initiatives, both led by First Lady Michelle Obama, over the past seven and a half years.

So this summer when we got the call from the White House to assist with a Funny or Die video celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, we were delighted to help. The resulting “History of Exercise” video, starring the First Lady alongside actor/comedian Nick Offerman (with a cameo by actress/comedian Megan Mullally, who also happens to be Offerman’s wife), debuted on August 31.

It has already attracted more than one million views, showing what a little star power, humor and creativity can do to move a winning message forward. You can do your part by liking and sharing it on your favorite social networks. Your friends and  family will thank you.

In our “Results” feature we tell you the story of Torrie Creamer, a wife and mother who stopped caring for herself and paid the price. Thanks to a strong support group and Torrie’s undying fortitude, she was able to lose 150 lb, which improved all aspects of her life, not just her health. This is the promise of fitness, and the reason we all work out. Lastly, we’re thrilled to share with you a profile of the amazing Jessie Graff, who astounds on the hit show “American Ninja Warrior.”

Not only is Jessie redefining the world’s perceptions of female athleticism, she also works as a stunt double in movies and on television. In other words, she makes the A-list look good. The group of individuals mentioned above is as diverse as it is accomplished.

For Get Active!, each one made 2016 a little more memorable, and for that, we are grateful.


This Week in the Fitness Industry: Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness Unveils Multipurpose Expansion

Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness Unveils Multipurpose Expansion

On September 26, Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness in Newington, CT, held a "re-grand opening" to reveal its newly renovated and expanded fitness center featuring functional training, small group, team and one-on-one personal training, TRX suspension, expansive cardiovascular and strength training equipment, and the InBody570 body composition analysis service. These offerings are provided in addition to weekly group exercise classes—from gentle yoga to rigorous indoor cycling—all in an effort to provide best in-class fitness services. Healthtrax’ goal is to help curtail boredom while building comradery among its staff and motivated members working towards personalized health and fitness goals. Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness Center has served the Newington community’s fitness needs since 1988.

Twitter CEO’s Fitness Software Eyes December Launch Date
Former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo’s fitness software startup, Chrous, is working toward a December launch. The company, which is run by an eight-person team and has an initial investment of $8 million, is aiming “aims to take the emerging phenomenon of group fitness, such as SoulCycle or CrossFit or countless other boutique models, and bring it to scale, like a tech company would,” Vanity Fair reports. “Its software platform, which consumers will be able to access with a subscription fee, will link up athletes who share common fitness goals, like training for a marathon, increasing their functional strength, or more ephemeral health resolutions, like sleeping better. The logic that undergirds Chorus, much like Weight Watchers or A.A., is that people who are serious about a goal are better served through positive peer pressure.”

Nick Offerman Discusses Making ‘The History of Exercise’ Video
Actor/comedian Nick Offerman penned a recent Wall Street Journal article, “A Week in the Life of Nick Offerman,” where he shared some a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes of filming the President’s Council “History of Exercise” video, which IHRSA helped to produce. “We’re in Washington to shoot a comedy video with none other than Michelle Obama,” he wrote. “Oh, and it requires a procession of period exercise outfits, including Olivia Newton-John’s exact get-up from her 1981 “Let’s Get Physical” video. On me. I meet the first lady for the first time in that very leotard and legwarmers. She appears to Megan and myself like a superhero, in black spandex workout gear. We are all giggling like schoolchildren at the fun we’re having in support of Let’s Move!, her signature exercise initiative. It’s all a little surreal; Megan and I feel like a couple of very lucky kids to share some of the first lady’s valuable time and Gatorade.”

IHRSA Calls for Congress to ‘Stop Sitting Around’

"Sitting. Sitting while watching TV. Sitting while at the computer. Sitting while at the drive-through. These are all things Americans do-a lot,” writes Helen Durkin, IHRSA’s executive vice president of public policy, in her op-ed directed to Congress that appeared in this morning’s edition of Morning Consult. "But sitting is costly. Studies show that all this sitting costs governments, societies, and ourselves." Read our blog post on today’s Morning Consult op-ed.


Share Your Fitness Throwback Thursday (#TBT) with IHRSA 

Health clubs have been helping Americans find fitness and health for over 70 years, and as a united industry since 1981. Clubs have, through the decades, kept up with the latest in fitness trends and fashions—from belly bands to step aerobics to kettlebell class. 

Yesterday, the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition kicked off their #0to60 campaign with a comic Funny or Die sketch on the history of fitness featuring comedian Nick Offerman (best known for his portrayal of Ron Swanson in “Parks and Recreation”) and First Lady Michelle Obama. 

IHRSA sponsored the video and is a proud partner of the #0to60 campaign

In celebration of the decades the health club industry has been working towards a fitter, healthier America, we’re asking our member clubs to share some of their vintage photos and videos from the last 60 years. 

Have a photo of someone using the belly band? An aerobics class featuring leg warmers and leotards? Photos of your club in the 1990s? Share it! You can email us your photos or share them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram—but be sure to tag us at @IHRSA and use the hashtag #WhyGetActive! 

To help get you in the spirit, enjoy this fitness demo from Brick Bodies owners Lynn and Victor Brick, circa 1985. 


Watch Michelle Obama and Nick Offerman’s Fitness-themed Funny or Die Video

We’re excited to finally unveil “History of Exercise,” a video starring First Lady Michelle Obama and actor/comedian Nick Offerman. 

The Funny or Die video, done in partnership with IHRSA, the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition, the American Heart Association, and the American Council on Exercise, marks the public launch of the President’s Council’s #0to60 campaign, an initiative aiming to educate, inspire, and help Americans lead a healthy lifestyle. 

The video chronicles fitness trends through the ages, from the belly-band machine of the 1950s to the Ab Roller of the ‘90s. IHRSA helped source the vintage exercise equipment for the video, including a thigh master owned by none other than our CEO Joe Moore. 

“IHRSA was thrilled to be a partner in producing this video, with the goal of encouraging more Americans to get active,” Moore says. “Health clubs have been part of the American community since the 1970's and since then have evolved along with changing styles and trends. IHRSA has been supporting its member clubs and the fitness industry since 1981, and will continue to do so.” 

We shot a video today with @MichelleObama & @Nick_Offerman! Coming soon to FOD!

A photo posted by Funny Or Die (@funnyordie) on Jul 26, 2016 at 6:57pm PDT

Today, health clubs continue to offer Americans a safe, fun, convenient, and reliable place to exercise. They provide both professional guidance and the social support and accountability proven to enhance the chances that an individual will stick with a lifelong exercise habit. 

Research shows that 70% of health club members joined to improve their overall health and well-being, and that three out of four people who join stick with it—undoubtedly because they value the health-promoting support they find there. 

All told, health clubs are a vital part of America. With more than 36,000 health clubs across the country, found in all 50 states, health clubs are an integral part of community life, serving cities and towns across rural and urban America. Together, America’s health clubs help millions of Americans of all ages and backgrounds along their journey to a healthy, active lifestyle.


Corporate Fitness Works Wellness Coordinator Honored with President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Community Leadership Award

St. Petersburg, FL—The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition has selected Joe Troubetaris, a Corporate Fitness Works wellness coordinator at CSX Transportation’s corporate health and wellness center in Huntington, WV, to receive a 2016 President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Community Leadership Award.

The award is given annually to individuals or organizations who improve the lives of others within their community by providing or enhancing opportunities to engage in sports, physical activities, fitness, and nutrition-related programs. 

Corporate Fitness Works’ vision is to lead a health revolution that moves everybody and Joe is leading the charge with his work to support CSX and the Huntington community. Having been diagnosed with diabetes at age 12, Joe brings an incredible desire to help connect, strengthen, and empower his community to live a healthier, happier life. Joe never hesitates to support CSX community service events that incorporate physical activity such as 4 Summer Spikes, Family Fish & Fun Day, Military Appreciation Day, Service Day and Fall Awareness Day. 

“Joe Troubetaris has worked to consistently promote opportunities for individuals to lead healthy lifestyles through physical activity and/or healthy nutrition,” says Shellie Pfohl, executive director of the Office of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. “Because of Joe’s efforts and contributions, his community can embrace a more active lifestyle. Together, we are all working to make our nation a healthier one by helping individuals across the nation live vibrant, vivacious, and productive lives.” 

Joe’s supervisor has lightheartedly deemed him the honorary mayor of Huntington, WV. “Truth be told, Joe has done so much to improve the lives in Huntington that he truly is an inspiration and well respected leader within his community, CSX and throughout our Corporate Fitness Works Team.” 

This year, in honor of its 60th Anniversary, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition presented the Community Leadership Award to 60 recipients across the country for making sports, physical activity, fitness, and nutrition-related programs available in their communities. 


IHRSA Supports Release of 2016 National Physical Activity Plan to Get Americans Moving 

Yesterday, leaders in Washington, D.C. gathered at the National Press Club for the release of the 2016 National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP), which encourages all Americans to participate in routine physical activity as a way of improving national health by reducing rates of obesity, preventing the onset of chronic disease, and creating a culture of wellness.

Jim Whitehead, CEO of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), spoke at the ceremony along with a number of other prominent representatives from organizations such as the American Heart Association and the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. IHRSA representatives Jay Sweeney and Tom Scanlon were also in attendance.

The 2016 plan capitalizes on the importance of habitual physical activity for every citizen and aims to "establish a set of initiatives that the NPAP Alliance views as critical to moving the physical activity and public health field forward and accomplishing the overall goal of increasing physical activity in the U.S. population."

In order to achieve this goal, the new plan expands upon the 2010 National Physical Activity Plan and tasks Americans with creating environments that encourage and support physical activity across nine societal sectors. These sectors include business and industry, community recreation, fitness and parks, education, healthcare, mass media, public health, transportation, land use, and community design; and the addition of two new categories relating to faith-based settings and sport.

Health clubs are referenced under the "Community Recreation, Fitness and Parks" sector of the plan, which recommends that the fitness industry and private business sector "should recruit, train, and retain a diverse group of leaders, staff and volunteers to promote, organize, and advocate for initiatives that encourage physical activity in their communities" as part of their obligation to improve the health of our nation. 

Following the launch of the plan, a congressional briefing was held where the Global Alliance for Health and Performance unveiled its first Congressional Commitment to Physical Activity. The Congressional Commitment urges members of Congress to recognize and prioritize the importance of nationwide opportunities for physical activity. During the briefing, Rep. Bob Dold (R-IL), co-chair of the Congressional Fitness Caucus, and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) both signed on.

IHRSA strongly supports the established guidelines set by the 2016 National Physical Activity Plan, as they provide Americans with specific steps they can take to get involved in initiatives that encourage an active, healthy lifestyle. 


Calling for President’s Council Community Leadership Award Nominations

IHRSA is proud of our many member clubs that put in the extra time, effort, and funding in order to make their communities a better place—and we want to make sure your initiatives don’t go unnoticed. Because of this, we have been awarding our own Excellence In Community Service Award since 2009. 

While our 2015 awards have been handed out, there’s another high-profile opportunity to recognize those in the U.S. who give back—the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN) Community Leadership Award.

The PCFSN Community Leadership Award is an annual award given out to up to 50 individuals who improve the lives of others within their community by providing or enhancing opportunities to engage in sports, physical activities, fitness, or nutrition-related programs. In this case, "community" may refer to a state, organization, sports league or team, business, city, or community-based group.

Visit the PCFSN Community Leadership Award page to nominate someone from your club who is making a difference in your community. The nomination process is simple—it requires some basic information and a brief explanation of the significance of the nominee's accomplishments and how their efforts have improved the lives of others.

Nominations must be received by February 1. Don’t miss this opportunity to have your club recognized for its community spirit! 


Bricks, Dawes named Influential Marylanders

Victor and Lynne Brick, owner of Brick Bodies and Lynn Brick's Women Health and Fitness, were named 2014 Influential Marylanders. The distinction is compiled by The Daily Record newspaper and has only 53 people on the list.

Dominique Dawes, co-chair, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, was also named an Influential Marylander in the Freestyle category, the same one the Bricks were honored in.

Those on the list were recognized for their contribution in civic leadership, communications, education, finance, freestyle, health care, law, philanthropy, real estate and technology.

Brick Bodies also owns 23 Planet Fitness locations in Maryland and Tennessee, giving the Brick Bodies Fitness Services 30 locations and more than 200,000 members.

For more, visit The Daily Record


Still time to take advantage of Physical Fitness and Sports Month

It is the middle of May and that means half of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month is over.

Has your child been getting the necessary exercise? Children should be physically active every day, but studies show that two out of every three are not.

Eat to Win makes games that help youth become more active and healthier. The company supports the President's Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition, which designated the month. 

For more on Eat to Win's games and educational materials, click here.



IHRSA supports new Presidential Youth Fitness test

We all remember it like it was yesterday. Gym class this week would be about the Presidential Youth Fitness Program test. How many pullup-s and sit-ups can we do? Can you climb the rope to the top?

Those series of tests determined who was the most athletic in your class, grade and school. While that is good as far as a bragging tool on the playground, it didn't much to gauge the health of the student.

Now the President's Council on Fitness, Sport & Nutrition has switched up the standards to, "focus primarily on assessing health versus athleticism for America's youth," according to Dr. Jayne Greenberg, a member of the PCFSN and school district administrator in Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

As you can guess, IHRSA is a big supporter of the change. Check out our monthly column on the US Department of Health & Human Services blog that explains why.