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Thursday
Apr202017

Dalton Enterprises Joins Tennis Industry Association As a Supporting Member

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (April 19, 2017) —The Tennis Industry Association’s (TIA) newest Supporting Member is Dalton Enterprises of Cheshire, Conn., a family-owned business that is the manufacturer of the Latex-Ite® brand of recreational coatings.

“We’re glad to support the tennis industry and the growth of tennis through our new membership in the TIA,” says John Dalton, president of Dalton Enterprises. “We look forward to continuing to help this sport to grow, especially when it comes to building and renovating more tennis courts and playing surfaces.”

The company recently launched the 1-800-TENNISCOURT network in the U.S. and Canada, Dalton adds, to help consumers quickly find contractors in their area. “We rolled out the ‘1-800’ program to help make marketing easier for contractors throughout the country. So far, we’ve enrolled many area codes in this program.”

“We’re pleased to have Dalton Enterprises as a valued TIA Supporting Member,” says TIA Executive Director Jolyn de Boer. “The court contractor segment of this industry is incredibly important to the growth of this sport.”

For more information, contact TIA Business Manager Brian O’Donnell at (843) 473-4504 or brian@tennisindustry.org. To learn more about Dalton Enterprises, contact John Dalton at (203) 272-3221 or john.dalton@daltonenterprises.com.

About Dalton Enterprises Inc.
Founded in 1945, Dalton Enterprises Inc. is a family-owned business based in Cheshire, Conn., and is the sole manufacturer of the LATEX●ITE® brand of recreational color coatings, which we offer to the U.S. and worldwide. We offer full repair and acrylic resurfacing systems for tennis and track—both asphalt and post-tension concrete. We are a proud member of the American Sports Builders Association and our color system is ITF rated.

About the TIA

The Tennis Industry Association, the not-for-profit trade association for tennis, is THE unifying force in the tennis industry whose mission is to promote the growth and economic vitality of the business of tennis by working closely with its industry partners and in support of the USTA in their development of initiatives to increase tennis participation. Core TIA activities include producing more than 70 U.S. and global research reports annually on participation and consumer/trade research, managing the largest relational database, along with hosting annual TIA Tennis Forum, Leadership meetings and the T.O.M. Conference at major tournaments and events. Visit TennisIndustry.org or call 866-686-3036.

Thursday
Apr202017

IHRSA Announces Thunderclap Campaign to #PassPHIT

Boston, MA - April 20, 2017 - To bring increased attention to PHIT, legislation that would make physical activity more affordable, IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association recently launched a social media initiative to promote the #PassPHIT campaign. The goal of this campaign is to promote the benefits of passing PHIT, while generating more engagement from the industry, its members, and its customers in asking Congress to support the legislation.

"We are reaching out to all corners of the industry to garner support with the hopes that this #PassPHIT message will reach tens of thousands of people across multiple social media platforms," said Meredith Poppler, IHRSA’s vice president of advocacy communications & leadership engagement. 

The campaign was launched by IHRSA president and CEO Joe Moore with an invitation to join the association’s #PassPHIT Thunderclap campaign.

What Is PHIT?

The Personal Health Investment Today Act (PHIT - H.R.1267 and S.482) is federal legislation that will allow Americans to use flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and health savings accounts (HSAs) to pay for health club memberships, fitness equipment, exercise videos, and youth sports leagues. Currently, the IRS code only allows the use of these accounts for medical expenses like prescription medications and doctor visits. If passed, PHIT will allow individuals to use up to $1,000 per year to cover these costs and up to $2,000 annually for families.

What Is Thunderclap?

In our digital age, it is hard to be heard and capture the attention of others above all the noise. One person tweeting, calling, or emailing can be the same as a person yelling across a full stadium to get the attention of someone on the other side. It is simply drowned out. But when the entire stadium yells the same message at the same time, not only is it heard, but it reverberates for miles. Thunderclap is a digital version of the entire stadium yelling the same message at the same time.

How Does Thunderclap Work?

Thunderclap is a digital platform that will coordinate and amplify our many voices. It enables our entire industry and all of our connections to speak with one powerful voice, using one impactful message. By signing up for our Thunderclap, you allow your social media accounts to post a pre-written message supporting PHIT which will be posted on May 19.

What Is the #PassPHIT Thunderclap Message?

"Make exercise and #youthsports more affordable AND make America more active and healthy! #PassPHIT http://thndr.me/j6G9W0"

How Should I Enroll?

  • First: Sign up for the Thunderclap. It's free and you will only be obligated to send one message.

  • Second: Ask your network to sign up for the Thunderclap as well by sharing the link on your website, in your social media posts, and via email.

About IHRSA

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 physical activity.

IHRSA maintains a leadership role in advancing physical activity, which is critical to America’s health and the battle against obesity and chronic lifestyle diseases. IHRSA supports policies that promote more active lifestyles to foster a healthier, happier, more prosperous America—such as the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act. To support PHIT and learn more about how you can help make physical activity more affordable and accessible, visit ihrsa.org/phit.

Tuesday
Apr182017

IHRSA Announces #WhyGetActive Campaign Celebrating National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Boston, MA - April 18, 2017 - To celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, and to raise awareness of the many reasons to be physically active, IHRSA will be providing daily content on the benefits of physical activity that clubs can share with their networks.

Club operators, fitness professionals, and industry stakeholders are encouraged to use this information in their member and prospect communications to promote that May is a great time to renew a commitment to a healthy, active lifestyle.

Alex Black, IHRSA’s health promotion manager and leader of the campaign said, “We are creating fun, engaging content that clubs can put to use in May as part of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month and can revisit at other times of the year in accordance with their own marketing calendar.” She added, “The content is meant to be interactive. For some of the #WhyGetActive prompts and trivia quizzes, clubs should ask their members to participate.”

While IHRSA is one of several organizations working together to promote National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, including the President's Council, SHAPE America (the group behind National Physical Education and Sport Week), Alliance for Women's Health (the group behind National Women's Health Week), and more, IHRSA is the only organization that is providing messages specifically for health club operators.

Beginning May 1, look for daily messages on the IHRSA.org blog as well as IHRSA’s Twitter account, IHRSA’s Facebook and Instagram pages, and on the newly launched IHRSA Exclusive Member Content App. IHRSA members should ensure that their communications staff follow IHRSA on all of the association’s social platforms.

IHRSA will be using its advocacy social media accounts (@IHRSA_Advocate) to share these messages directly with industry partners, stakeholders, policy makers, and engaged consumers.

Each week of the month will be themed to focus on physical activity as it relates to:

  • May 1-May 7: Physical Education and Sports

  • May 8-May 14: Historic Achievements and People

  • May 15-May 21: Women’s Health

  • May 22-May 28: Global Employee Health & Fitness

  • May 29-May 31: Initiatives to Thank Servicemen and Women

Additionally, for each Friday in May, IHRSA will create and promote content that drives industry support for PHIT. As part of our ‘PHIT Friday’ initiative IHRSA has organized a Thunderclap to help spread the word about the physical and fiscal benefits associated with passing this legislation. For those unfamiliar with Thunderclap, IHRSA created a short FAQ blog post to explain Thunderclap and how people can sign up to generate additional support for #PassPHIT on social media.

IHRSA anticipates the campaign will reach almost 3 million users on Twitter and 50 thousand on Instagram, while sharing the reasons to Get Active and #PassPHIT with millions of current and potential health club consumers.

About IHRSA

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 maintains a leadership role in advancing physical activity, which is critical to America’s health and the battle against obesity and chronic lifestyle disease. IHRSA supports policies that promote more active lifestyles to foster a healthier, happier more prosperous America.

Friday
Apr142017

Health Club Industry Exceeds 66 Million Consumers, an All-Time Hi

Total members top 57 million, 19.3% Penetration; more than 36,000 U.S. clubs generate $27.6 billion in revenue

BOSTON, MA - April 14, 2017 - More than 66 million Americans used a health club in 2016, a record-high since IHRSA began tracking health club consumer statistics in 1987. The number of individual members totaled 57.3 million, up 3.6% from 55.3 million in 2015. Members frequented their health club an average of 106 visits in 2016, also an all-time high. Of the 296.6 million Americans age 6 and older, 19.3% were health club members in 2016.

 

“Consumers continue to rely on health clubs as the primary outlet for physical activity and health goals,” said Joe Moore, IHRSA’s president and CEO. “Increased participation in fitness activities helped fuel growth in memberships and utilization as total club visits surpassed 5 billion for the fifth consecutive year.”

Based on a study conducted by The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) as part of the Physical Activity Council (PAC), results show that nearly one out of five Americans belonged to at least one of the 36,540* health clubs nationwide. Since 2009, membership has grown by 26.3%, while the total number of club-goers has increased by 26.5%.

At 36,540, the number of health club facilities increased by just 1% over the previous year. In 2016, U.S. health club industry revenue increased to $27.6 billion, up from $25.8 billion in 2015, an improvement of 7.2%.

“Industry revenues continue to grow as members utilize their clubs more frequently with many investing in multiple health club options,” said Jay Ablondi, IHRSA’s executive vice president of global products. “While the increase in the number of fitness centers has slowed, club operators have adeptly responded to consumer needs and demands for variety in fitness programs and training formats.”   

Later this year, IHRSA will release the 2017 IHRSA Health Club Consumer Report, which will provide analysis of health club consumer growth, demographics, utilization, and trends as well insights and applications for club operators. The 2016 edition is available at ihrsa.org/consumer-report.

Methodology: Each year, IHRSA conducts an annual health club consumer study as part of the Physical Activity Council (PAC). The PAC is made up of eight of the leading sports and manufacturer associations that are dedicated to growing participation in their respective sports and activities. During 2016 and early 2017, a total of 24,134 online interviews were carried out with a nationwide sample of individuals and households from the US Online Panel of over one million people operated by IPSOS/Synovate. A total of 11,453 individual and 12,681 household surveys were completed. The total panel is maintained to be representative of the US population for people ages six and older. Oversampling of ethnic groups took place to boost responses from typically under responding groups.

*Note: InfoUSA, Inc. provides data related to the total number of health and fitness businesses with training equipment using the Industry's SIC code of 7991 as listed under the Yellow Pages. The most recent recession has resulted in consolidation of club locations and the closure of weaker-performing clubs, while still allowing for new club locations to emerge in underserved markets as well as areas with increasing demand for fitness centers and services. Recent years have also seen the rise of niche and theme-oriented facilities and continued growth of convenient, always open (e.g. 24 hour), and affordable fitness locations. Using InfoUSA as a benchmark, IHRSA estimates there are a total of 36,540 health club facilities in the United States as of January 1, 2017. This number does not include the total number of studio locations in the U.S. as not all niche and theme-oriented fitness businesses may be classified a separate SIC Code.

 

About IHRSA

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association is a not-for-profit trade association representing health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs and suppliers worldwide. Its mission is to grow, promote and protect the health and fitness industry. As the leading authority on the commercial health club industry, IHRSA regularly conducts primary consumer research and industry economic and operating studies. For more information on IHRSA research, visit ihrsa.org/research.


 

Thursday
Apr132017

IHRSA’s Health Club Industry State Fact Sheets Establish Health Clubs as Forces of Good

Boston, MA - April 13, 2017 - To help enable IHRSA members to be their own advocates, IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, provides its members with Health Club Industry State Fact Sheets which give detailed explanations of health club operations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The state fact sheets empower IHRSA members to advocate on behalf of their businesses, the industry, and the importance of physical activity. IHRSA suggests that club operators use these fact sheets to educate their local lawmakers and policymakers on the positive impact health clubs and fitness businesses have on their state’s physical and fiscal well-being.

“Lawmakers take actions every day that affect health club operations,” said Helen Durkin, IHRSA's executive vice president of public policy. “By presenting legislators with information that reinforces the positive impact health clubs have on quality of life, employment, and tax revenue in state and local communities, IHRSA members can raise further awareness that supports physical activity in general, and health clubs in particular, as forces of good.”

As evidenced by the state fact sheets, health club facilities employ thousands of individuals in every state, generate financial support for state economies, help adults and children become and remain physically active, and reduce high healthcare costs associated with chronic disease spending.

“It’s important to remember that your lawmakers work for youso they want to hear about the issues that matter most to you,” said Meredith Poppler, IHRSA's vice president of advocacy communications. “We want IHRSA members to feel comfortable approaching and speaking with their representatives. These fact sheets provide talking points that help get a conversation started and ensure health clubs are recognized as beneficial contributors to their communities.”

Numerous health club businesses across the country have used these fact sheets to lobby on behalf of financial incentives for active lifestyles, rule on locker room privacy policies, prevent sales tax implementations, and address a number of other industry issues.

To download and use the state fact sheets in conversations with your local legislators:

  1. Visit ihrsa.org/state and select your state from the list.

  2. On your state’s page, click on the link to “Download an Overview of [Your State's] Health Club Industry.”

  3. Print the state fact sheet.

  4. Schedule a meeting with your legislator(s) and bring the fact sheet with you to help explain the important role health clubs play in maintaining your state’s physical and fiscal healthemphasizing all the benefits that fitness facilities provide to local communities and stressing that clubs should not fall victim to proposals that could have adverse effects on daily business operations.

  5. Amplify the industry’s voice by demonstrating how you used this resource to further the good work done by health club businesses. Please take photos during your meetings with legislators and send them to IHRSA so we can share your efforts and successes.

IHRSA also provides tips on how to be an informed industry advocate at ihrsa.org/advocacy-action-center/. For more information on your state’s health club industry and to review recent legislative issues impacting state health clubs, visit ihrsa.org/state.

For more information or questions, contact IHRSA Public Policy at gr@ihrsa.org, or call 800-228-4772.

And, for up-to-date information on legal, legislative, and health policy issues affecting your business subscribe to the IHRSA Advocate.

About IHRSA

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 physical activity.

IHRSA maintains a leadership role in advancing physical activity, which is critical to America’s health and the battle against obesity and chronic lifestyle diseases. IHRSA supports policies that promote more active lifestyles to foster a healthier, happier, more prosperous Americasuch as the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act. To support PHIT and learn more about how you can help make physical activity more affordable and accessible, visit ihrsa.org/phit.