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Thursday
Apr132017

IHRSA‚Äôs 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.