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Wednesday
Feb122014

IHRSA 2014 highlights are never-ending

There will be plenty time for networking at IHRSA 2014.OK, quick, what is your favorite part of the IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show? 

I know, there is so much to choose from it is nearly impossible to answer that question quickly, or with only one thing.

Really, at the very least, you need to separate the event - this year running March 12-15 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif. - into different categories. There are educational sessions, general session speakers, the two-day trade show, roundtables, networking events, exercise classes and even special events. Then, maybe it might be possible to pick a favorite from each category.

Wow, are you tired just thinking about how much you need to see and do in only four days? Don’t worry, you still have four weeks to scour the schedule, reach out to old colleagues as well as new ones you want to meet, and formulate each one of your days.

To help you out, here are a handful of the event highlights that are always attendee favorites. Read on to make sure you don't miss anything.

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Wednesday
Jan082014

Challenges in the fitness industry need to be overcome

The new year can be considered a fresh beginning, so with it comes different challenges. Every club has them, as does the industry as a whole. 

One of the most common and recurring “issues” is finding quality employees, especially personal trainers as that is one of the fastest growing sectors of the industry. Getting the right people to improve both the businesses as well as industry-wide in order to move health and fitness in the right directions is hard to come by.

Read on to see what IHRSA members feel are their biggest challenge in 2014, as well as issues concerning the industry.

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Wednesday
Jul032013

Members weigh in on obesity as a disease

On the surface, the recent announcement that the American Medical Association has decided to designate obesity as a disease is great news.

How can it not be? Now doctors will be able to prescribe various solutions for the overweight, the current epidemic is now being brought to the forefront as a serious issue that needs to be dealt with, and, for the fitness industry, it may bring in more visitors through the doors.

While all of that is true, it is not all perfect. 

First, doctors still need to take the time to talk to patients who are in need of a solution – usually exercise and a proper diet. But, as many physicians get paid on the number of patients they see, squeezing in even a 20-minute discussion on the benefits of hitting the gym may be too much for a primary care physician. And, what if now, with obesity considered a disease the option of surgery, like gastric bypass, or a yet-to-be discovered drug is the easier way?

Then, there are insurance companies. If they don’t cover gym memberships or other options that cost money then there is a viable chance the obese will not take their doctor’s suggestion.

But this doesn’t mean the new disease label can’t be an impetus for battling the ghastly obesity numbers – currently 1 in 5 for children and 1 in 3 for adults.

Read on for the complete story.

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