Each week, IHRSA Interim President & CEO Brent Darden will bring you his most important topics of the moment in a short five-minute video as part of an ongoing series called “Take 5.”

IHRSA’s Take 5: Resources to Fight Inactivity, Boost Safety [VIDEO]

This week, IHRSA Interim President & CEO Brent Darden introduces resources that will spark ideas in the fight against inactivity, assure indoor safety, strengthen lobbying know-how, and announces the launch of a new event in Europe—the IHRSA SMART Summit.

  • January 13, 2021

It’s the second week of the year and we’re off to the races in the effort to grow, promote, and protect the fitness industry.

This week Brent discusses several new resources that can help you and your business, including the Physical Activity Guidelines for Disabled released by the World Health Organization, an app by MIT that measures indoor safety, and a new IHRSA guide for alliances looking to lobby lawmakers. Brent will also introduce members of IHRSA’s Industry Partner Council.

But one major announcement is the launch of the IHRSA SMART Summit that will take place in Munich, Germany. The summit will be held in November as a concurrent conference with the FitnessConnected trade show.

Watch the full video for all of the latest news from Brent. You can also read the transcript below.

  • 0:29 - WHO Publishes Physical Activity Guidelines for Disabled
  • 1:41 - MIT Develops COVID-19 Indoor Safety Guideline App
  • 2:46 - IHRSA Releases a New, Free Lobbying Resource
  • 3:19 - IHRSA Partners with FitnessConnected for IHRSA SMART Summit
  • 3:50 - Meet the Industry Partner Council

Full Transcript

Welcome back to this week's Take 5, sponsored by Precor.

WHO Publishes Physical Activity Guidelines for Disabled

As we all know, physical inactivity is a global problem made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic and all that it entailed. And often, for the 1.5 billion people worldwide living with a disability, getting enough physical activity has become even more difficult than before.

Well, last week, the World Health Organization published the first guidelines for physical activity and sedentary behavior for people living with disabilities. These guidelines, led by longtime IHRSA friend and partner Catherine Carty, emphasized that there are no major risks to physical activity for people living with a disability as long as it's appropriate to their current activity level, their health status and physical functioning. These guidelines reflect the WHO's commitment to inclusivity and health equity as outlined in the Global Action Plan for Physical Activity that they produce.

It's also a great opportunity for fitness professionals and clubs to share innovation and expertise, both virtually and inside your four walls with every person and show our dedication to making the world healthier through regular exercise for people from all walks of life with all types of challenges and disabilities.

MIT Develops COVID-19 Indoor Safety Guideline App

The transmission of COVID-19 by airborne particles is something that's been on everyone's mind. And like many of you, all of us here at IHRSA are continually looking for different ways that clubs can ensure that they're being as safe as they can be. That's why we wanted to share some news of a promising new app created by two MIT professors. Alex Larcom, with IHRSA, will soon post an article explaining more about this app, but just to give you a little bit of information, and how it can impact the fitness industry, I wanted to share this with you.

So essentially, these professors use mathematical models based on chemical engineering and epidemiology principles that allow users to input their own information specific to their facility, regardless of size, which then calculates how many people can be in the facility, and for how long before they are theoretically exposed to COVID-19. Right now, the app is free online for anyone to use, and we'll include a link to this app in the description of the video. So be sure to keep an eye out for Alex's upcoming article.

IHRSA Releases a New, Free Lobbying Resource

Speaking of looking for ways to help, IHRSA's government relations experts have just wrapped up a four phase lobbying playbook to help guide clubs and state fitness alliances when speaking with their lawmakers to try and affect positive change. This playbook divides the year into four phases, highlighting which activities to focus on to maximize lobbying efforts. It also includes helpful checklists and links to additional materials that may be useful. This resource is free, and it'll be on the IHRSA website for you to access whenever you're ready.

IHRSA Partners with FitnessConnected for IHRSA SMART Summit

I'm happy to announce that IHRSA [has] partnered with FitnessConnected and that as part of this new collaboration we'll be holding the IHRSA SMART Summit as a concurrent event of FitnessConnected this November, in Munich, Germany. This partnership with FitnessConnected is going to allow us to strengthen and connect our two networks, share knowledge, and together be a valuable partner for the global fitness industry by working closely together and coordinating our activities.

Meet the Industry Partner Council

Finally, last week, I mentioned the new Industry Partner Council, and now I'm happy to announce and present the members of the council.

Thanks once again for joining me and I hope all of you have a great rest of this week, and we'll see you next week.

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Rachel Valerio

Rachel Valerio previously served as IHRSA's Digital Content Editor—a position focused on collecting and reporting on fitness industry news, staying on top of IHRSA's social media accounts and website, and hatching new plans to expand the association's digital footprint.