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Governor Seeks Limit on AED Law
Club Hopping
NJ Assemblyman Introduces Legislation to Abolish Gym Tax
YMCA Undergoes $6.4 Million Renovation
And the Best Hotel Gym Goes to...
School Days
Dance Your Way to Better Health
Boot Camp
Airmen Challenged to Make Better Choices
Industry Beat
Obesity Most Important Issue for Children's Health
Fit to Print
In Brief...
Speaking Out
Reader Poll
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Hot News
Governor Seeks Limit on AED Law
BOSTON -- Massachusetts recently passed legislation requiring health clubs to have at least one automated external defibrillator (AED) on site and train their employees how to use the devices. The administration of Gov. Mitt Romney, however, is pushing to exempt from the law clubs with fewer than 15 employees because purchasing a portable defibrillator could impose a substantial burden on small clubs. At least 57 of the 837 clubs in Massachusetts have 15 or fewer employees, according to the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association.

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Club Hopping
NJ Assemblyman Introduces Legislation to Abolish Gym Tax
TRENTON, NJ -- The American Heart Association is supporting a New Jersey assemblyman's proposal to eliminate the sales tax levied on health club memberships. Assemblyman Bill Baroni (R-Hamilton, NJ), who lost 130 pounds from a regular exercise regimen at the Robert Wood Johnson Center for Health and Wellness, introduced legislation to abolish the tax to make it easier for people to join a fitness center. The new 7 percent sales tax is expected to raise $74 million. If the tax is repealed, the money must be replaced, according to an article in Times of Trenton.

YMCA Undergoes $6.4 Million Renovation
NORCROSS, GA -- The Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA, which has 5,000 members, is spending $6.4 million on a renovation project to accommodate an increase in membership. The 10-year-old facility will feature a new aerobics room, teen center, senior center, expanded wellness center, more free weights and more fitness equipment. The construction of the wellness area and senior center will be completed this month. The entire project is scheduled for completion in April.

And the Best Hotel Gym Goes to...
LOS ANGELES -- The Houstonian in Houston, TX; the Park Hyatt at Bellevue in Philadelphia; and the Four Seasons in San Francisco topped the list of the 2006 Best Hotel Gyms in the United States. Read the full story.

School Days
Dance Your Way to Better Health
MORGANTOWN, VA -- Interactive video games could help improve the fitness level of children. Preliminary results of the first 12 weeks of an at-home clinical study indicate significant improvement in arterial function and fitness levels among the 7-12-year-old participants of a program that uses interactive video games. Read the full story.

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Boot Camp
Airmen Challenged to Make Better Choices
WASHINGTON. DC -- Air Force senior leaders would like airmen to help each other make better choices in their leisure activities and personal lives, says Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force Lt. Gen. Arthur Lichte. Read the full story.

Industry Beat
Obesity Most Important Issue for Children's Health
CHEVY CHASE, MD -- Obesity or being overweight is seen as the most important health issue for U.S. children, according to a recent poll. More than a quarter of Americans named obesity as the top health issue for kids. The second and third biggest concerns were lack of health care/insurance and nutrition/unhealthy diet. Read the full story.

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Fit to Print
In Brief...
  • Does your club specifically target its advertising and marketing efforts to the Hispanic market? If so, please e-mail Amy Fischbach, managing editor. Amy is writing a story for the February issue of Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro magazine on marketing to the Hispanic population.
  • Do you own, partner with or work at a faith-based fitness center? If so, please e-mail Amy Fischbach, managing editor with your contact information. She may contact you for an article in the March issue of Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro magazine.
  • The grand opening of 123 StriveFit on Nov. 3 in McMurray, PA, included appearances by Gunnar Peterson, celebrity personal trainer; Bill Kazmaier, the world's strongest man; Grant Roberts, celebrity personal trainer; and Paul Zientarski, physical educator at the Naperville School District and PE4life Academy.
  • Les Mills completed the process of regionalizing the distribution of Les Mills' group fitness programs in the United States by establishing Les Mills West Coast Inc. (LMWC). LMWC is the sixth regional distributor to be established and will be responsible for distribution in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

  • For more information, type in Reader Service Card No. 120 at www.freeproductinfo.net/club.


    Speaking Out
    Reader Poll
    Visit our Web site to participate in an online poll that asks the following question:

    Does your club specifically target Hispanics in its marketing efforts?

    Results from the last Speaking Out:
    Does your club compete with church-based, tax-exempt, fitness facilities in your area?

    Yes: 25%

    No: 75%



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