A message brought to you by IHRSA,  International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association…

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The Baltimore Sun posted an article today describing exercise as an affordable, accessible, and effective preventive tool in combating chronic disease.

“In the 19th century, most work involved physical activity; in the 20th century, exercise became a leisure pursuit; today, it’s an urgent medical necessity.

Exercise: It’s cheap, readily available, and the single most effective step nonsmokers can take to avoid chronic and potentially fatal diseases. If it were being hawked on late-night television, you’d think the phone lines would be tied up for hours.

But regular physical activity remains a hard sell. Despite mounting evidence that it lowers the risk for obesity, heart disease, diabetes, depression, and many forms of cancer, the average citizen is increasingly sedentary. Still, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) isn’t giving up on us.”

In October, the HHS issued the first-ever national Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. They describe the types and amounts of physical activity that offer substantial health benefits to Americans. IHRSA is a committed supporter of the Guidelines. Members have access to an extensive download library of resources to assist them in using the Guidelines in their facilities and local community to promote safe and effective physical activity.


Joe Moore
President & CEO

This message brought to you by IHRSA and CYBEX
in the interest of reaching 120 million members by the year 2010.

Here are some links to the IHRSA web site I hope you will find helpful:

  • Meetings & Trade Shows – Sign up for the September 10th webinar on youth performance training and learn how you can capitalize on a multi-billion dollar market. IHRSA members pay only $49 for this informative and interactive online session.
  • Legal & Legislative –  Contribute to the Industry Defense Fund and become a member of the Public Policy Council. Protect the industry and gain valuable membership benefits.
  • Resource Center – A comprehensive collection of resources addressing all types of issues, from retention and marketing, to HR and personal training. Plus, learn about money-saving programs.
  • International Center – Learn about IHRSA’s role in the global fitness industry. Translated materials available in six languages.
  • Club Business International Magazine – Access archived and digital versions of CBI, the world’s leading magazine for the health and fitness industry, read by nearly 24,000 fitness professionals in 74 countries around the world.
  • ActiveCareers.com – The premier career resource for fitness professionals and employers.
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