The latest stimulus package did not include economic relief for the health and fitness industry. It is crucial we keep an eye on everything that’s going on in Washington, D.C., and continue to push forward with all lobbying efforts.
Let’s start with a recap of the United We Rise - Stronger Than Ever industry action event.
Highlights from the United We Rise - Stronger Than Ever Event
Ahead of the Senate vote on Thursday, March 4, fitness industry leaders and leading industry organizations representing almost every sector of the industry gathered at the first-ever industry action event: United We Rise - Stronger Than Ever. The event covered uniting the industry through advocacy and the dire need for support.
The event was a historical moment for the health and fitness industry, as it is the first time the collective industry gathered to unite its shared interests and advocate collaboratively. In total, an excess of 400 health and fitness-related professionals registered for the event and primarily discussed advocacy efforts, relief, and recovery for the industry.
In a video message, GYMS Act champion, Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL), said, “I appreciate all of you who have helped bring support to the legislation, and this is not the end of the road ... I will continue to do what I can to push for this financial support until your facilities receive the assistance they need."
During the event, Brent Darden, IHRSA interim CEO and president, said, “Congressman Fitzpatrick also mentioned when he was talking to all of us that it's also about the economic impact of the worsening health of Americans and the economic costs associated with that, and we are certainly part of that solution. ... In the big picture, this bailout is going to have ramifications going forward.”