April Issue Online
Check out the April issue of Club Industry's Fitness Business
Pro that features articles on Bally's
possible bankruptcy filing and
health clubs teaming with their city and state governments. Also
read this issue's trend watches on
Gyrotonic® and active
gaming for kids and adults.
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Texas Senate Passes P.E. Bill
AUSTIN, TX -- The Texas Senate passed a bill last week that would
require all school districts in the state to have students in
kindergarten through eighth grade participate in "moderate or vigorous"
daily physical activity each day for at least 30 minutes as part of the
district's physical education curriculum. Read the full story.
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Forbearance Deal With Lenders
CHICAGO -- Bally Total Fitness announced last week that it has
obtained a forbearance agreement from lenders under its $284 million
senior secured credit facility and that the company will not pay its
scheduled interest payment of about $15 million due Monday on its 9 7/8
percent senior subordinated notes. Read the full story.
Study: YMCA Kids
Get More Activity than Average U.S. Child
CHICAGO -- Children enrolled in YMCA programs not only have positive
attitudes about physical activity, but they also are more physically
active than the average U.S. child, according to the results of a
national poll targeting 6- to 12-year-old children conducted by YMCA of
the USA. Read the full story.
Interactive on Healthy Kids Day
WASHINGTON, DC -- Last Saturday, an estimated 550,000 children and
families visited nearly 1,700 YMCAs nationwide for the 16th Annual YMCA
Healthy Kids Day, the nation's largest health day for children. In
preparation for the event, Nintendo donated 100 Wii party packs to YMCA
chapters nationally. Read the full story.
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Minnesota School Offers Personal
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota School of Business/Globe College is one
of the first schools in the nation -- along with Purdue University (IN)
-- to offer a four-year degree with a concentration in personal
training. Read the full story.
Challenge Promotes Weight Loss, Camaraderie
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, OH -- Hoping to promote wellness
and weight loss through camaraderie and enjoyable activities, Air Force
Materiel Command (AFMC) officials introduced a command-wide competition
that relies on concerted efforts of people supporting and motivating one
Read the full story.
Growth Rate on the Upswing
WASHINGTON -- The proportion of Americans who are severely obese
(100 pounds or more overweight) increased by 50 percent from 2000 to
2005, twice as fast as the growth seen in moderate obesity, according to
a Rand Corp. study issued last week.
Read the full story.
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by April 31 with your best One Last Thought. The Club Industry's
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