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Entries in public health (3)


5 Ways Health Clubs Are Fighting for a Healthier World 

The fitness industry is engaged in a few fights these days—namely the fight to end global physical inactivity and the fight against adult and child obesity. Luckily, we have backup—many government, public health, and medical organizations around the globe are battling right alongside us. 

In honor of National Public Health Week, which runs April 3 - 9 in the U.S., IHRSA recognizes all the great work health clubs are doing to improve the health and wellbeing of people all over the world.

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How Should You Respond to a Case of Meningitis at Your Gym?

Recently, SoulCycle found themselves wondering the same thing. Earlier this month, a SoulCycle rider died of bacterial meningitis at a location in northern California.

Here’s what you need to know about meningitis and how you can take action to make sure an outbreak is handled properly. 

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“Is physical inactivity the biggest threat to our health?” 

Debating Europe recently published “Is physical inactivity the biggest threat to our health today?”.

As part of the discussion, Mogens Kirkeby, President of the International Sport and Culture Association, said that it is costing far too much in terms of human life and economic terms, both of which are “dramatic.”

Bobby Duffy, Managing Director of the Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute, noted that people do not consider physical inactivity as a major public health issue if unprompted, but do highlight it when it is shown among a range of potential health issues.  

What do you think?