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Entries in Obesity (21)


Obese and overweight are not 'thriving' in their lives

Image courtesy of jesadaphorn/FreeDigitalPhotos.netWe often boast about the variety of offerings in This Week in the Fitness Industry. We need to take back all of the times we patted ourselves on the back for what we thought were accomplishments 

How about this for variety:

  • lower social well-being may result in obesity
  • which states have the highest percentage meeting physical activity guidelines?
  • what to look for in fitness app
  • private equity firms gobbling up health clubs and chains

Check out This Week in the Fitness Industry for all of these stories.

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Weight issues cut more years off life than cigarettes

This Week in the Fitness Industry is back after taking a week of to celebrate the Fourth of July.

While we didn't bring you twice as many entries as normal, we think you will be twice as happy with this week's offerings:

  • obesity worse than cigarettes
  • team sports beneficial to children
  • Democrats, Republicans work out together
  • tips from fitness pros

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Tips and suggestions for 55+ wanting to work out

This Week in the Fitness Industry is here and there is a wide variety of options.

If you are 55+ and are looking to work out, or want something different, there is a story with tips on workouts, trainers and more. 

Or maybe you want to know about a Massachusetts health plan that is incentivizing its members - and soon plan subscribers - to eat healthy.

Check out these stories and more in This Week in the Fitness Industry.

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Communication between doctors and clubs vital to help fight obesity epidemic

Mounting scientific research continues to confirm the relationship between regular exercise and good health, with the benefits ranging from stress relief to the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

And, in 2010, when healthcare reform expanded insurance coverage to include obesity interventions, it fueled the passion that many in the fitness industry feel about helping others. These professionals, along with IHRSA, also recognize the new business potential involved, and the association has developed publications to help clubs capitalize on this opportunity.

IHRSA has created "The Medical Wellness Toolkit: A Guide to Successful Collaborations with Medical and Allied Health Professionals" and "The Value of the Exercise Prescription". Both are designed to help club operators communicate more effectively with doctors, making them successful advocates for medical wellness.

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Octane ellipticals are above the standard

The Octane Fitness booth at the NEHRSA/IHRSA trade show.

This Week in the Fitness Industry has a little bit of everything, including industry news, apparel companies diversifying, freebies for working out, and a trend spawned from a yoga workout.

Here is what we have:

  • Under Armour to acquire fitness tracking company
  • Hot cycling is on fire
  • More Best Buys for Octane
  • Free ride on Moscow subway for doing 30 squats.

Read on to see more in This Week in the Fitness Industry.

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