America’s Top Doctor to Present at the IHRSA Convention, Saturday, March 19, 2011 in San Francisco, California.

Boston – January 19, 2011–IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association ( has announced that the U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA, will address attendees of IHRSA’s 30th Anniversary International Convention & Trade Show (“IHRSA30”) in San Francisco.

On Saturday morning, March 19, Dr. Benjamin will present her “Vision for a Healthy & Fit Nation,” which emphasizes the importance of fighting the obesity epidemic by communicating and celebrating the full benefits of healthy living. “Americans will be more likely to change their behavior if they have a meaningful reward--something more than just reaching a certain weight or dress size,” suggests Dr. Benjamin. “The real reward is invigorating, energizing, joyous health. It is a level of health that allows people to embrace each day and live their lives to the fullest without disease or disability.” 

Dr. Benjamin’s presence at IHRSA30 will underscore the vital link between the medical and fitness communities. “On behalf of IHRSA and the entire fitness industry, I am extremely pleased to welcome such an admired and distinguished leader to our convention,” said Joe Moore, IHRSA’s President and CEO. “IHRSA members understand that health clubs must play a critical role in promoting healthy living, and we are eager to support Dr. Benjamin’s efforts to combat obesity and fulfill the promise of the HealthyPeople 2020 goals for improving the health of all Americans.”

In addition to Dr. Benjamin, the IHRSA Convention will feature four of the most sought-after speakers on the lecture circuit:

  • Daniel Pink, author of “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us” and three other best-selling books on the changing world of work, (Wednesday, March 16, 5:30pm-6:30pm, sponsored by Matrix Fitness);
  • Patrick Lencioni, founder and president of The Table Group, Inc., a specialized management consulting firm focused on organizational health, (Thursday, March 17, 8:30am-9:30am, sponsored by Precor Incorporated);
  • Tony Hsieh, CEO of, who grew the company’s gross sales from $1.6 million to $1 billion over the past decade, (Friday, March 18, 8:30am-9:30am, sponsored by Technogym);
  • Phil Keoghan, host of the television show “The Amazing Race”, who attributes his success and zest for living now to a near-death experience at the age of 19, (Saturday, March 19, 9:00am-10:00am, sponsored by SPRI Products, Inc.).

The IHRSA Convention & Trade Show draws thousands of industry professionals from around the world for four days of education and networking opportunities each year. The tremendous and ever increasing global attendance has established IHRSA as the premier event for the health club industry, both in the U.S. and overseas. Additional information about IHRSA’s 30th Annual International Convention & Trade Show can be found at, or by calling IHRSA at 617-951-0055.

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 is committed to taking a leadership role in advancing physical activity, which is critical to America's health and the battle against obesity and disease. IHRSA supports effective national initiatives to promote more active lifestyles for all Americans and is working to pass laws that will enable more Americans to increase their level of fitness. To find an IHRSA club, please visit

About the Surgeon General: ( Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA is the 18th Surgeon General of the United States. As “America's Doctor,” she provides the nation with the best scientific information available on how to improve its health and reduce the risk of illness and injury. She also oversees the 6,500 U.S. Public Health Service Commission Corps who serve in locations around the world and promote, protect and advance the health of the all Americans.

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