The IHRSA Foundation
Speaking of good things to come, some of you may not be aware that IHRSA actually has a 501c3 charitable organization. It's called the IHRSA Foundation and its mission is simply to promote health through exercise.
It's been around for several years, and something that's near and dear to my heart. I actually established it back when I was serving on the board of directors. So when I accepted the position as interim CEO, I wanted to make sure all the hard work and good the Foundation has done doesn't go unnoticed.
The Foundation [has] always focused on helping more people be more active. But I'm happy to announce that moving forward IHRSA is dedicated to putting our money where our mouth is. Starting this year in 2021, we're investing 1% of all IHRSA revenue into the Foundation's initiatives that are promoting physical activity. This cause is at the core not only of our overall industry, but also of the association itself.
We're doubling down on our commitment to the research, education, and evidence-based programming that support our mission. This includes our current work with Special Olympics, supportive health equity initiatives, and inclusive fitness programming. A new Foundation website's underway for you to find out more, so please stay tuned, we look forward to your involvement.
Positive Research & Survey Results
Recently, some positive research and survey results were shared with me that I wanted to pass along to all of you. The first is a study by researchers at the Henry Ford Health System. And this information was published in the January issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings. [The] researchers looked at the difference in aerobic fitness between over 1,000 COVID-positive patients that had undergone previous exercise stress tests on a treadmill. What they found was that those who were in better aerobic shape were less likely to be hospitalized due to COVID-19.
The other results I wanted to share with you are from a civic science survey of over 3,000 U.S. adults on their diet and exercise plans looking into 2021. They found that 49% of adults plan to eat healthier this year, and 51% plan to exercise more. The interesting thing is that they also asked if they had home fitness equipment or plan to buy any and of the people who plan to exercise more, 56% said they did not have home equipment and did not plan to buy any either.