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Fitness Industry Urges Congress to Support Primary Prevention in Push for a Healthier, More Prosperous America

“The widespread practice of primary prevention is critical to public health and our country’s future economic competitiveness,” says Joe Moore, IHRSA’s President and CEO. “It is time that our lawmakers fully recognize the valuable and central role that primary prevention can play in creating a healthier America."

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IHRSA Index Attests to Industry Strength: Clubs Post Improvements in Key Performance Indicators in 2010 

BOSTON-April 20, 2011-The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) announced today the release of the IHRSA Index results for 2010, which demonstrates the financial performance of the commercial health club industry.

"Our survey of 16 leading U.S. health and sports club companies, representing a total of 498 facilities, shows that performance was robust among commercial health clubs in 2010," said Jay Ablondi, executive vice president of global products for IHRSA. Improved performance indicators were also reported for the quarter ending December 31, 2010 relative to the quarter ending December 31, 2009. Same-store performance varied from consistent to slightly improved for the fourth quarter and full year 2010.

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Health Clubs Open Doors Free to Public, Promote the “Million PALA Challenge” for 8th Annual Get Active America! program in Support of Let’s Move!

“Getting Americans active and healthy is a core objective for the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition and we’re thrilled to have the support of IHRSA, and IHRSA clubs, who will focus on fun, safe and affordable fitness opportunities for individuals across the nation,” notes Shellie Pfohl, executive director of the PCFSN. “This collaboration between the President’s Council and IHRSA will help Americans work toward achieving their recommended daily physical activity and earn the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award.”

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U.S. Health Club Membership Exceeds 50 Million, Up 10.8%; Industry Revenue Up 4% as New Members Fuel Growth 

BOSTON, MA - April 5, 2011 - The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) announced today that U.S. health club membership reached 50.2 million in 2010. This represents a 10.8 percent increase from the 45.3 million who belonged to a club in 2009. The association also reports that total industry revenues in 2010 were $20.3 billion, up four percent, while the number of health club locations totaled 29,890*, a slight increase from 29,750 in operation in 2009. The results are from IHRSA's annual health club membership survey, conducted in January 2011.

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The IHRSA Board of Directors welcomes three new members and Dr. Art Curtis to second term as Chairperson

According to Dr. Curtis, there are three main issues the board will focus on over the next year.

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