Mental health and well-being has long had negative stereotypes associated with it. All it took to alter people’s views was decades of science, countless discussions, and a global pandemic—of course, plenty more really went into this shift. We still have a long way to go, but now that the importance of maintaining mental wellness is gaining significant traction, it’s time to allocate more time, effort, and funds into services and programs to assist consumers.
Before we cover the new—and first—on-demand mental wellness platform, let’s dive into Politico’s recent coverage of IHRSA and the collective U.S. fitness industry’s lobbying efforts.
Politico Influence Highlights IHRSA & Fitness Industry’s Lobbying Efforts
This week, IHRSA lobbyists and fitness industry leaders virtually met with bigwigs of the Hill to discuss including targeted funding for health clubs, gyms, and studios in an upcoming omnibus spending bill. The scheduled calls were with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Small Business Chair Ben Cardin (D-MD), and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). Politico Influence spoke with IHRSA President & CEO Liz Clark to learn more about these discussions and why the fitness industry urgently needs relief. “[Gym owners] are making personal, future financial decisions based on this legislation,” Liz said. “And I have to hope that Congress does the right thing for these small businesses.”