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Hot News
Texas Senate Passes P.E. Bill
Club Hopping
Bally Makes Forbearance Deal With Lenders
Study: YMCA Kids Get More Activity than Average U.S. Child
YMCAs Get Interactive on Healthy Kids Day
School Days
Minnesota School Offers Personal Training Degree
Boot Camp
'Team Lean' Challenge Promotes Weight Loss, Camaraderie
Industry Beat
Severely Obese Growth Rate on the Upswing
Fit to Print
In Brief
Speaking Out
Reader Poll
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April.20.2007
April Issue Online Now
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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Hot News
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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Club Hopping
Bally Makes 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.

YMCAs Get 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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School Days
Minnesota School Offers Personal Training Degree
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.

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Boot Camp
'Team Lean' 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 another. Read the full story.

Industry Beat
Severely Obese 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.

Fit to Print
In Brief

  • Do you have a funny story about your club or member experience? If so, e-mail Jennipher Shaver at jennipher.shaver@penton.com by April 31 with your best One Last Thought. The Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro staff will pick the top five stories, feature them online and send Exerflex Flooring T-shirts to the winners.


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

    Are your clubs complying with the PCI standards?

    Results from the last Speaking Out:
    Do you think Bally will file for bankruptcy?

    Yes: 82%

    No: 18%



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