IHRSA Forms Medical, Science, and Health Advisory Council

    The health and fitness industry is aligning with medical, science, and health experts to communicate the importance of exercise to overall well-being. The new council will advise IHRSA’s Executive Staff and Board of Directors.

    BOSTON, MA—October 19, 2020—To protect public safety while improving population health and individual health risks, and advance the health and fitness industry, IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, has formed a Medical, Science, and Health Advisory Council.

    The council will advise and support IHRSA’s Executive Staff and Board of Directors on current research and science. The purpose and objectives of the group will be to:

    • Identify ways to measure and quantify the impact of exercise and lifestyle change as a driving force to improve population health, individual health risks, and post medical treatment outcomes.
    • Provide technical information on current science and research related to the health benefits of physical activity.
    • Guide and evaluate the development and delivery of education and resources for the industry.
    • Serve as industry ambassadors to publicly promote health safety and efficacy through proper exercise and other healthy lifestyle habits through contributing editorials or quotes, participating in media interviews, speaking to policymakers, etc.

    In order to correctly identify strategies that create synergies between medical science, healthcare delivery, and preventive lifestyle measures and integrate these disciplines into health clubs, the Medical, Science, and Health Advisory Council will consist of experts in:

    • medicine,
    • public health,
    • exercise science,
    • exercise physiology,
    • medical wellness,
    • fitness,
    • nutrition,
    • behavior change,
    • psychology, and
    • epidemiology.

    IHRSA Interim President and CEO Brent Darden says, “We’ve always felt it’s important for the fitness industry to work alongside the medical and healthcare industries. The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted a serious need for collaboration with medicine, allied health, research, public health professionals and organizations. We believe that the Medical, Science, and Health Advisory Council could provide the breakthrough we’re looking for and help chart the course for improving the well-being of individuals around the world.”

    One of the council’s overarching goals is to help fortify the health and fitness industry as a valued member of the continuum of health and prevention measures. Qualified data, statistics, and research approved by the council will be used by IHRSA to inform the public of the safety and efficacy of independent and supervised exercise in fitness centers and communicate the fitness industry’s importance to overall health.

    IHRSA is looking to name the Medical, Science, and Health Advisory Council and is open to suggestions. Nominees for Council Members are also welcome. To suggest a potential name or nominate a Council Member, email healthpromotion@ihrsa.org. Members of the Medical, Science, and Health Advisory Council will be announced in the coming weeks.

    Benefits of the council include:

    • Staying up-to-date on the fitness industry with a subscription to Club Business International (CBI) magazine,
    • Access to IHRSA wellness and community programming and advocacy resources,
    • Complimentary attendance to the Annual IHRSA International Convention and Trade Show and other events, and
    • Recognition on IHRSA’s website, in CBI magazine, and other communication channels.

    About IHRSA

    IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, is a not-for-profit trade association representing the global fitness industry of over 200,000 health and fitness facilities and their suppliers.

    IHRSA maintains a leadership role in advancing physical activity, which is critical to peak health and fighting the battle against obesity and chronic lifestyle disease. As one of the world's leading authorities on the commercial health club industry, IHRSA’s mission is to grow, promote, and protect the health and fitness industry, while providing its members with benefits and resources. IHRSA and its members are devoted to making the world happier, healthier, and more prosperous through regular exercise and activity promotion.

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    Sami Smith

    Sami Smith is IHRSA's Senior Manager of Digital Communications, working to shape the organization's image on various digital platforms. On a typical day, she creates content, delivers impactful communications, and executes targeted marketing efforts to keep IHRSA at the forefront of the industry. Outside of the office, you can find her exploring new destinations, indulging in food, or participating in just about any sport.