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More Than Fun and Games
Club Hopping
Bally Sponsors Women's Health Fair
Colorado Town Opens Rec Center
Y Partners with Hospital for Wellness Program
School Days
CA Governor Launches School Fitness Competition
Activity Levels Associated with Academic Performance
Bakar Fitness Hosts Community Access Program
Boot Camp
Norfolk MWR Unveils Waterfront Fitness Specialists
Industry Beat
New Study to Test Exercise in Heart Failure Patients
The Cooper Institute Earns Accreditation for its Personal Trainer Certification
Fit to Print
In Brief...
Speaking Out
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February.01.2007 Newsbeat
Go Behind the Scenes
Do you want to know what's going on behind the scenes of Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro? We launched a blog, Behind the Scenes, that details what goes on between the monthly issues of the magazine and allows us to interact with you more directly. You can read about stories we're working on for upcoming issues, the people we're talking to for late-breaking stories and the issues we see developing. Don't forget to check the blog often -- we update frequently.

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Hot News
More Than Fun and Games
TAMPA, FL -- Interactive fitness may have received a boost this month when the School of Physical Education, Wellness and Sports Studies at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, FL, opened the first university interactive fitness research lab for youth on Jan. 8. About 100 YMCA operators, school district personnel, manufacturers and other interested parties attended an open house on Jan. 26 at the XRKade Research Lab to see the equipment in action. Read the full story.

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Club Hopping
Bally Sponsors Women's Health Fair
WASHINGTON, DC -- One in every three women in the United States dies of heart disease. To help women learn how to reduce risk factors and adopt a heart-healthy lifestyle, the Sister to Sister: Everyone Has a Heart Foundation is sponsoring the seventh annual National Woman's Heart Day Health Fair Feb. 16 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. Bally Total Fitness will offer free fitness demonstrations, and attendees can get free cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure screenings.

Colorado Town Opens Rec Center
GYPSUM, CO -- An architecture firm made every inch count at the $12.2 million, 57,000-square-foot Gypsum Recreation Center (GRC) in the mountain town of Gypsum, CO. The town of Gypsum opted to build a center that was appropriately sized for the community of 7,000 full-time residents, says Craig Bouck, architect for Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture. Read the full story.

Y Partners with Hospital for Wellness Program
CLARION, PA -- The Clarion County YMCA is expanding its services by collaborating with a local hospital. Clarion Hospital's fitness program, Wellness Works, will merge with the Y's wellness services effective on March 1. The hospital's fitness trainer will move to the Y, which will soon offer customized exercise plans for each member and work with patients who have completed rehabilitation programs. The Wellness Works members will be transferred to the new wellness program, which will be called Healthy Friends.

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School Days
CA Governor Launches School Fitness Competition
SACRAMENTO, CA -- The California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports is initiating a statewide fitness competition among K-12 schools to promote increased physical activity and better health among California's youth. Read the full story.

Activity Levels Associated with Academic Performance
LOS ANGELES -- Higher levels of activity in physical education (PE) class are associated with better academic performance, according to one of two new reports commissioned by The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation. However, only four minutes of every half hour of PE class at California schools involve vigorous physical activity. Read the full story.

Bakar Fitness Hosts Community Access Program
SAN FRANCISCO -- After a year of planning, the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Mission Bay's Bakar Fitness and Recreation Center sponsored a pilot community access program that offers free exercise classes and nutritious food for children and seniors who live in underserved communities near the UCSF Mission Bay campus. Read the full story.

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Boot Camp
Norfolk MWR Unveils Waterfront Fitness Specialists
NORFOLK, VA -- Naval Station Norfolk's Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) committee introduced their newest trainers, Waterfront Fitness Specialists Jodie Byrkett and Susan Lowry, at an open house in late January. Other representatives from gyms on Naval Station Norfolk also spoke at the open house about opportunities for sailors who are seeking to improve their fitness and motivation to get in shape. Read the full story.

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Industry Beat
New Study to Test Exercise in Heart Failure Patients
WINSTON-SALEM, NC -- Cardiologists at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center are helping to lead an international study involving 83 other sites that will test 3,000 patients to determine whether exercise really is good for heart failure patients and whether exercise programs should be covered by Medicare and Medicaid services. Read the full story.

The Cooper Institute Earns Accreditation for its Personal Trainer Certification
DALLAS -- The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) granted accreditation to the Cooper Institute's Personal Trainer Certification program for a five-year period. The Cooper Institute is one of only seven organizations to achieve NCCA accreditation. Read the full story.

Fit to Print
In Brief...
  • Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro will feature a news story about the YWCA closing some of its fitness and aquatic centers to better focus on its mission of empowering women and eliminating racism. Has a YWCA closed a fitness center in your area? How did that affect your fitness facility? If so, please e-mail Amy Fischbach, managing editor, with your comments.
  • Members of the National Health and Wellness Club gave its seal of approval to the Octane Fitness Q45e elliptical cross trainer.

  • For more information, type in Reader Service Card No. 128 at www.freeproductinfo.net/club.

  • Retention Management announced its results for the fiscal year, which ended on Dec. 31, 2006. Sales grew 655 percent from 2005 to 2006. Growth came from almost all areas of the fitness market, including independent clubs, medically based facilities, YMCAs, JCCs and multi-club companies, the company says.

  • For more information, type in Reader Service Card No. 129 at www.freeproductinfo.net/club.


    Speaking Out
    Reader Poll
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    Do you have a four-year fitness-related college degree?

    Results from the last Speaking Out:
    Do you have a registered dietician on staff at your facility?

    Yes: 50%

    No: 50%



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