Industry Watch

As the sole promoter and protector of our industry, IHRSA is dedicated to keeping IHRSA members up to date on legal and legislative issues affecting clubs, including opportunities to promote physical activity, financial incentives to join, and legislative threats that could harm your business and bottom-line. 

IHRSA Industry Watch is your go-to section for information on how advocacy affects the fitness industry, and how IHRSA works to protect the industry from harmful legislation, incentivize exercise participation, and promote health clubs as a major part of the solution to the inactivity epidemic. Within this section, you'll easily find information on pressing industry issues, industry leaders and leadership opportunities, legislative threats and opportunities, state updates, health promotion opportunities, federal legislation, and more. 

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Wednesday
Jul092014

Keep the #WhyGetActive Momentum Going


In June, #WhyGetActive set new records for tweets, likes, and impressions, and IHRSA needs your help to keep the #WhyGetActive ball rolling. There are numerous, easy ways for you to get involved. Here are a few:
 

  1. Share why you get active (e.g. "to keep up with my kids") using the #WhyGetActive hashtag on all your social networks, e.g. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  2. Promote the hashtag on your club's social media networks to encourage your members to share their reasons for exercising.
  3. Include the #WhyGetActive hashtag when you share articles on the benefits of exercise.

#WhyGetActive is a social media movement to get people more physically active by tapping into the many reasons people have for staying healthy. Learn more at ihrsa.org/whygetactive. To see what others are saying, visit whygetactive.org.

 

Wednesday
Jul092014

Representative Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma whips fellow House members into shape

In an article titled, "Sweating Out Their Differences," the New York Times offers an inside look at what may be one of the few remaining bipartisan ventures in Congress: getting in a good workout.
 
Read the full article...

Wednesday
Jul092014

Two health club operators speak out against new DC sales tax

Ori Gorefine, chief operating officer, and Mark Crick, chief executive officer, of Balance Gym in Washington, D.C. have penned a compelling op-ed for the Washington Post on the demerits of the recently enacted 5.75% sales tax on D.C. health and fitness centers.
 
Read the full op-ed on the Washington Post...

Wednesday
Jul022014

Successful day in DC for #WhyGetActive

Two weeks ago, the Congressional Fitness Caucus-a volunteer committee of members of Congress who want to promote physical fitness-alongside IHRSA as lead sponsor, hosted an event on Capitol Hill to promote the #WhyGetActive campaign, and physical activity legislation. It was an especially successful day for the #WhyGetActive campaign, as activity soared on social media. During the event, #WhyGetActive tweets reached over 71,000 users and were delivered to twitter timelines over 194,000 times.
 
Read more on ihrsa.org...

 

Wednesday
Jul022014

IHRSA VP urges policy makers to encourage women to exercise

In response to the recent news that breast cancer patients are not getting enough exercise, Helen Durkin, executive vice president of public policy at IHRSA, took to one of the top Congressional news outlets, Roll Call, to examine the broader issue of women's exercise habits, and to urge lawmakers to help more women be physically active.
 
Read the op-ed piece here on RollCall.com...

 

Wednesday
Jul022014

Joe Moore and Dr. Eddie Phillips on HuffPo op-ed: Exercise is Medicine

IHRSA's president and CEO, Joe Moore, teamed up with Dr. Eddie Phillips, founder of the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine in Boston, to write a compelling blog post for the Huffington Post on "the most cost-effective and potent treatment we know." They are talking about exercise, of course.
 
Read the blog on the Huffington Post...

Wednesday
Jul022014

CDC: Inactive people with disabilities more likely to develop cancer, other chronic diseases

The Post and Courier, a South Carolina newspaper, has painted a compelling portrait of adults with disabilities and why many do not get the exercise they need. The article was written in response to the most recent "Vital Signs" report from the CDC.

The report states that 47% of US adults with disabilities who are able to do aerobic physical activity do not, and that adults with disabilities who do not get any exercise are 50% more likely to have a chronic disease such as cancer, diabetes, stroke or heart disease. The report also says that an additional 22% of adults with disabilities are not active enough. Read the full article from the Post and Courier...

Wednesday
Jun252014

Australian Medical Association says workers should work out during office hours

Here's a policy statement we can get behind. According to Courier Mail, the Australian Medical Association released a policy statement urging employers to encourage staff to move throughout the day, not just before and after work. The Courier says the statement is in response to statistics showing 60-70% of the Australian population is sedentary.

Read more from Courier Mail...

Wednesday
Jun252014

Surgeon General says "Physical Inactivity is the Major Public Health Issue

Last week, acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak put an exclamation point on the importance of physical activity promotion at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual meeting in Orlando, declaring physical inactivity "the major public health issue in this country."

During a discussion of the impact of physical inactivity on the nations health, economy, and citizens' well-being, Lushniak declared: "physical inactivity is the major public health issue in this country."  He also highlighted the importance of community outreach and prevention, saying, "health and wellness are a national treasure," and "physical activity is one of the most important things a person can do for improved health."
 
Read more...

View the video on JCOnline.com...

Wednesday
Jun252014

D.C. Council votes to tax health clubs, major loss for wellness

Meanwhile, not everything in D.C. has been as positive. Despite IHRSA and IHRSA-member's best efforts to kill a 5.75% sales tax on health clubs in Washington, D.C., the proposal passed yesterday by a vote of 9-4. An amendment to remove the tax was proposed, but ultimately rejected. "I am truly disappointed in the D.C. city council's decision to tax healthy lifestyles," said Joe Moore, IHRSA's president and CEO. "It hurts health clubs and yoga studios, but most importantly, it hurts the residents of D.C. who work hard to stay healthy and take care of themselves."
 
Read more on RollCall.com...