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Chapter 11 Filing
CHICAGO -- After months of speculation about a possible bankruptcy
filing, Bally Total Fitness Holding Corp. says it plans to file Chapter
11 restructuring. The company announced the plans yesterday after
holders of more than 80 percent of its 9.875 percent senior subordinated
notes agreed in principle to swap $150 million of the notes, which will
mature this year, for new subordinated notes, common equity and the
right to participate in a $77.5 million rights offering. Bally must get
consents from other bondholders before filing for Chapter 11. Read the
The Xvest (adjustable weight vest) voted as "The Best Fitness
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Sold to Club Members, Investigators Say
SAN FRANCISCO -- Investigators in Alameda County, CA, believe a man
sold animal steroids disguised as illegal human steroids to people in
Bay Area fitness clubs, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Read the full story.
Club Owner Allegedly Sold Steroids
MUSKOGEE, OK -- Prosecution witnesses described during a Tuesday
hearing undercover drug buys allegedly made during a five-month
investigation of a Muskogee, OK, fitness club owner, the Muskogee
Phoenix reported. Read the full story.
Campaign Begins for Oklahoma Y
ENID, OK -- The Denny Price Family YMCA in Enid, OK, began a
fundraising campaign to finance a renovation to expand the cardio and
weightlifting areas as well as the development of a teen fitness area,
along with new construction of a nursery and administrative offices,
according to The Enid News & Eagle. Read the full story.
Club One Partners
with Silver Creek Sportsplex
SAN FRANCISCO -- Pre-sale memberships are underway for Club One
Inc.'s newest fitness center set to open this month. Located in the
Silver Creek community just south of San Jose, CA, the
60,000-square-foot fitness club marks Club One's fifth addition to the
South Bay, CA, area. The center will be located in the
200,000-square-foot Silver Creek Sportsplex, a family sports facility
featuring in-line hockey rinks, soccer fields, restaurants and retail
space. Read the full story.
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NJ Starts Office
of Nutrition and Fitness
TRENTON, NJ -- New Jersey's new Office of Nutrition and Fitness will
better coordinate programs aimed at preventing obesity, the
Associated Press reported. Read the full story.
Several Rec Centers Under
NATIONWIDE -- The spring semester has ended, but several colleges
and universities are still hard at work planning, constructing or adding
to their student recreation centers. Read the full story.
Addresses Summer Sports Risks
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA -- Sailors and Marines are statistically more
likely to be involved in a mishap when they're off-duty during summer
months, according to officials at the Safety Office at Naval Air Station
(NAS) Oceana in Virginia Beach, VA. Looking to prevent that, officials
hosted "Hot Rods: Hazards of Recreational Off Duty Safety," a program
that taught sailors how to remain safe while enjoying summer
recreational activities. Read the full story.
Increase Passes in Congress
WASHINGTON, DC -- Recently, Congress approved a bill that would
increase minimum wage from $5.15 per hour to $7.25 per hour. More than
half of the 50 states already have a minimum wage higher than the
current federal minimum wage, and seven states' minimum wage is higher
than $7.25, according to the Economic Policy Institute, a research
group. Read the full story.
Employers Shift Focus to Prevention
CHICAGO -- U.S. employers are thinking differently about health
care, increasingly focusing on efforts to prevent employees from
becoming sick, according to a survey by the Midwest Business Group on
Health (MBGH). The group, which is a coalition of private and public
employers, presented the findings of its nationwide survey of more than
160 U.S. employers at its annual conference last month. Read the full story.
Discount Programs Encourage Participation
EAGAN, MN --- According to a study by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of
Minnesota, people who use fitness center discount programs are more
likely to live close to a fitness center (63.3 percent of those surveyed
live within two miles of a participating fitness center), and nearly
half of fitness discount users (43 percent surveyed) say they joined a
fitness center because of the discount. Read the full story.
Highlights Six Diet Disconnects
WASHINGTON, DC -- More than half of Americans say they are trying to
lose weight, and a majority of them say they are trying to improve the
healthfulness of their diet and increase their level of physical
activity. However, nine out of 10 Americans do not know how many
calories they should consume in a day. Read the full story.
Fit to Print
SuperSlow Zone (SSZ) opened its first Boca Raton, FL, location
this week. The fitness center will be the area's first to integrate the
SuperSlow exercise protocol with programs designed for fat loss, healthy
eating and aging graciously. SuperSlow Zone franchises use SuperSlow
strength training that clients dressed in their street clothes can
perform in 20 minutes one to two times per week.
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