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Public-Private Collaboration Offers Solutions for Better Health and Well-Being

Paris, 3 May 2016 — The Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC) today convened a high-level Forum to identify the central role for business as partners in bringing innovative solutions in health and well-being.

The Forum, moderated by Riz Khan, saw senior representatives from government, the OECD, and the private sector, as well as leading experts in health and well-being, working together to improve understanding of current global health challenges and identify effective policy recommendations. They called on the OECD to strengthen public-private dialogue to improve health outcomes by encouraging partnerships that leverage innovation in business to prevent and reduce disease risk factors.

“Private sector innovation can bring benefits and opportunities that will make societies healthier and economies more productive,” said Nicole Denjoy, Chair of the BIAC Health Committee, which coordinates business input to OECD. “This Forum provides sports, pharmaceutical, medical device and food and beverage industries and employers with a cross-industry platform, allowing them to contribute positively to improving health and well-being.”

OECD countries urgently need to find ways to improve the sustainability of their healthcare systems in the face of increasing levels of non-communicable diseases. BIAC identifies key priorities and potential solutions for governments to improve the productivity of economies and well-being of populations, including: 

  • Using business collaboration to respond faster to changing consumer and societal needs
  • Scaling up partnerships for promoting healthy lifestyles and behaviors 
  • Developing sustainable healthcare systems that leverage private sector-led innovations 


About BIAC: BIAC speaks for business at the OECD. Established in 1962, we stand for policies that enable businesses of all sizes to contribute to growth, economic development, and prosperity. Through BIAC, national business and employers federations and their members provide expertise to the OECD and governments for competitive economies, better business, and better lives.

For more information, contact Ali Karami-Ruiz, Director, Policy and Communications, BIAC karamiruiz@biac.org +33 1 42 30 09 60


Netpulse Announces Integration with MYZONE

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — April 26, 2016 — Netpulse, the #1 provider of mobile apps for health clubs, announced today a new integration with MYZONE, an accurate heart rate monitoring system that rewards effort. The integration will enable health clubs to offer members direct access to MYZONE wearable data within their club’s mobile app. Members can now check-in to the club, view class schedules, book personal training sessions and access their MYZONE workout data all from one app.

“As Netpulse is the top provider of mobile apps for many of the clubs we work with, it was a no brainer for us to integrate MYZONE, the top heart rate based member engagement system, into their mobile platform,” said Emmett Williams, President of MYZONE. “Our goal has always been to offer technology solutions that motivate people to reach their fitness goals through feedback. This integration will give users of MYZONE technology one-touch access to that feedback, so they can more easily stay motivated and engaged.”

MYZONE is an accurate monitoring system that measures heart rate, calories burned and effort in real time, helping users reach their fitness goals. The system allows exercise data to be uploaded wirelessly both inside and outside of the club. This data can be accessible to a user, trainer and club owner, providing both accurate and relevant data that can be viewed anywhere in the world.

“The MYZONE monitoring system is changing the way people train, giving them real-time data that helps them more efficiently and effectively reach their goals,” said Kelly Card, Netpulse’s Vice President of Sales. “Integrating this technology with the Netpulse mobile app platform gives both trainers and members a more seamless training experience.”

Netpulse provides a customizable mobile app platform for the fitness industry. The modular platform enables club operators to easily implement the features they need and integrate with existing club technologies, such as member management software and wearable tracking technologies like MYZONE. This provides a seamless digital experience for club members, while allowing clubs to quickly bring a cost-effective mobile app to market.

The MYZONE integration is now available on the Netpulse mobile app platform.

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SportsArt ECO-POWR™ Empowers Beach Fit studio and Its Members in the UK

Beach Fit studios in the United Kingdom are making waves with a revolutionary approach to membership fees by rewarding discounts based on the user’s energy output.

With SportsArt ECO-POWR equipment and the SENZA+ app, members are able to track how much utility-grade energy they generate and send back to the power grid with every workout.

This approach helps to reduce the gym’s carbon footprint and further promotes Beach Fit’s aim to become a sustainable ‘ecogym.' It also increases customer loyalty, as members receive discounts off of their monthly membership dues based on their overall energy output.

Beach Fit's sustainable approach to People, Planet, and Profit is also drawing a lot of attention from media and quickly becoming a new best practice for operators in the fitness industry aiming to cater to millennials.

Read the full article on the Shoreham Herald.

For more information on ECO-POWR™, contact Ivo Grossi at 800-709-1400 ext. 119 or email him at igrossi@gosportsart.com.


Two Full Scholarships Offered for IHRSA Institute 

IHRSA Members have the opportunity to apply for two full scholarships to The IHRSA Institute, which will be held August 2-5 at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School in Chapel Hill.

The John McCarthy Merit Scholarship, named for IHRSA’s first executive director, and The Curt & Jane Beusman Institute Scholarship, named for two of IHRSA’s most passionate founders, each have a value of $2,900. Qualified candidates should be able to demonstrate their passion to the health club industry, and absolute commitment to their service, sales, and leadership skills. Both scholarships include a full Institute registration, lodging, meals, program materials, social events, and a $500 travel stipend. The deadline for scholarship applications is May 13. Details can be found at ihrsa.org/institute-scholarship/.

“The variety of material covered and incredible networking opportunity The Institute provides is above and beyond worth it,” said 2015 scholarship recipient Melissa Hall of Merritt Athletic Clubs. “It likely cannot be matched in value and experience.”

Featuring a faculty of industry experts and UNC professors, The Institute provides a strong overall base for anyone working in the fitness industry. The curriculum includes classes on subjects such as Strategic Planning; Innovation; Financial Management; Staff Hiring, Training & Retention; Social Media & Digital Strategies; Member Experience & Engagement; and more courses essential to successful running a club.

Small, intimate classes are designed to facilitate interaction and foster long-term peer networking. “It’s an immersive experience,” said Pam O’Donnell, IHRSA Vice President of Membership Experience & Development, noting that the program attracts attendance from across the globe. “Participants and faculty continue discussions informally and during planned social events outside of the classroom.”

“I typically send three or four people to The IHRSA Institute. I’ve been in the industry for 37 years and went for the first time myself last year,” said Jim Worthington, Owner and President of the Newtown Athletic & Aquatic Club. “I experienced an unbelievable program, and the networking opportunities were amazing. I walked away with 74 action items I want to implement in my club!”

Those interested in attending The Institute are encouraged to register at ihrsa.org/institute-register by June 20 for the best rate.

The IHRSA Institute is sponsored by Core Health & Fitness, MINDBODY, National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and SPRI.


The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) is a not-for-profit trade association representing health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs, and suppliers worldwide. IHRSA and its members are dedicated to making the world healthier through regular exercise and activity promotion. IHRSA's events provide a vast array of speakers on business and corporate culture, instructional sessions on all aspects of succeeding in the health club industry, social events to mix and mingle with peers, and the most spectacular trade shows in the industry. 


Pennsylvania Establishes “Every Kid Healthy Week”

Pennsylvania’s Senate Recognizes April 25th – 29th as “Every Kid Healthy Week”™ 

To encourage healthy lifestyles for kids and raise awareness about childhood obesity and physical inactivity, the Pennsylvania Senate passed Senate Resolution 345, the “Every Kid Healthy Week Resolution,”™ which dedicates the week of April 25th – 29th to initiatives that promote physical activity for children.

“I was proud to introduce my Every Kid Healthy Week resolution in the PA Senate. As a father of a young daughter, it is imperative that we teach our children healthy eating habits, being active and making good choices when reaching for a snack,” said Senator Sabatina, the Resolution’s author.

In Pennsylvania – a state where 14% of children ages 10-17 are obese and less than 20% of the state’s youth meet recommended levels of aerobic and muscle strengthening physical activities – this resolution creates an opportunity to engage youth, and their families in regular physical activity, and educate them on the risk factors associated with a sedentary lifestyle.

Research has shown that there is a link between physical inactivity and obesity in kids and adolescents – and this link has proven to be costly. Currently, 75% of national public and private healthcare expenditures are used to diagnose and treat chronic diseases tied to rising obesity rates and insufficient levels of physical activity. Pennsylvania, alone, has some of the nation’s highest health costs, ranking 11th out of 51 in healthcare spending per capita.

Increasing rates of physical activity can help children lose weight and improve academic performance, insulin response, blood lipid levels, and prevent obesity and related chronic diseases like diabetes in adulthood.

“It is encouraging to see the state of Pennsylvania adopt policies that recognize and promote the benefits of physical activity for children, since exercise preferences that we develop in childhood often become habits that we carry into adulthood,” said Amy Bantham, IHRSA’s Vice President of Government Relations and Health Promotion. 

In fact, studies have shown that 80% of adults ages 18 and over who reported having PE in school said they were active in 2015 and 39% were regularly active to a healthy level (151+ times per year). However, only 61% of adults who did not participate in PE reported activity and less than a quarter participated 151 times or more in 2015.

And health clubs play a large role in helping to cultivate these habits by creating a safe, supportive environment for people to be regularly active. Many of Pennsylvania’s 1,318 health clubs have created programs for children and adolescents, as well as programs for families to exercise and live healthier lives together. In fact, in the U.S., there are now 8.2 million health club members under the age of 18. The membership growth rate for this youth segment is the greatest by far of any age bracket, increasing by 78.7% since 2009 according to research from IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association. As the not-for-profit trade association representing health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs, and suppliers worldwide, IHRSA is committed to advancing physical activity for all ages and supports legislation that instills healthy habits in future generations. 

IHRSA would like to individually thank the resolution’s co-sponsors, Sen. Bartolotta, Sen. Brewster, Sen. Browne, Sen. Costa, Sen. Dinniman, Sen. Farnese, Sen. Fontana, Sen. Greenleaf, Sen. Haywood, Sen. Leach, Sen. Rafferty, Sen. Schwank, Sen. Teplitz, Sen. Vulakovich, and Sen. Yudichak.

Additionally, IHRSA would like to thank our member clubs for supporting this resolution by sending messages of support to legislators, emphasizing the importance of increased physical activity for children.

“This resolution is a first step in reminding folks how important a few healthy changes in their lifestyle can greatly alter their wellness,” said Senator Sabatina.


The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) is a not-for-profit trade association representing health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs, and suppliers worldwide. IHRSA and its members are dedicated to making the world healthier through regular exercise and activity promotion. IHRSA’s mission is to grow, promote and protect the industry; and provide its members with benefits that will help them be more successful. For additional information on IHRSA’s involvement in advancing health promotion initiatives, please visit ihrsa.org/health-promotion.