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Sherborne Controls Nautilus
Club Hopping
Gold's Gym Announces Year-End Results
Gerend Moves into Life Time President Position
Man Wanted in Connection With Assault on Fitness Trainer Turns Himself In
Personal Trainer Charged With First-Degree Murder of Client
Wisconsin YWCA Fitness Center Closes
YMCA Introduces New Strategic Plan
Club Issues Call to Beat ALS
School Days
Schwarzenegger Launches Second Annual Governor's Challenge Competition
Boot Camp
Yokosuka Fitness Program Encourages Staying Fit During Holidays
Industry Beat
Food Pyramid Changes for Seniors
Fit to Print
In Brief...
Inside Manufacturers...
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January.2.2008
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Hot News
Sherborne Controls Nautilus
VANCOUVER, WA -- Nautilus Inc.'s board is now controlled by its largest shareholder, Sherborne Investors, Nautilus confirmed on Monday. At the company's Dec. 18 shareholder meeting, shareholders voted four Sherborne Investor nominees onto the seven-member board. Read the full story.

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Club Hopping
Gold's Gym Announces Year-End Results
DALLAS -- Gold's Gym International announced that it ended 2007 with a company-record number of club openings and new franchises. During the 12-month period, the company unveiled more than 60 new Gold's Gyms around the world and signed more than 75 new franchise agreements. Read the full story.

Gerend Moves into Life Time President Position
EDEN PRAIRIE, MN -- Michael J. Gerend is the new president of Life Time Fitness, Eden Prairie, MN, according to an announcement from the company. Gerend had been chief operating officer with the company since March 2003. He will continue in that role in addition to serving as president. Read the full story.

Man Wanted in Connection With Assault on Fitness Trainer Turns Himself In
ATLANTA -- A man who was wanted in connection with the beating of a celebrity fitness trainer turned himself into authorities Monday morning, Atlanta police told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Read the full story.

Personal Trainer Charged With First-Degree Murder of Client
SAN JOSE, CA -- A personal trainer at Fitness USA in Milpitas, CA, was arraigned in Santa Clara (CA) County Superior Court for charges of first-degree murder of one of his clients, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Read the full story.

Wisconsin YWCA Fitness Center Closes
RACINE, WI -- In order to focus more on the YWCA's mission to eliminate racism and empower women, the YWCA in Racine, WI, was closed earlier this month. The move takes the organization out of the health and fitness arena, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Read the full story.

YMCA Introduces New Strategic Plan
CHICAGO -- Because of the current health challenges facing families and individuals, Neil Nicoll, president and CEO of the YMCA of the USA, issued a New Year's resolution for the organization: continue to get Americans healthy. To do that, the YMCA is implementing a new strategic plan focused on the holistic development of children and youth, strengthening family, and health and well-being for all. Read the full story.

Club Issues Call to Beat ALS
MANASQUAN, NJ -- The Atlantic Club, Manasquan, NJ, is heading an effort to get health clubs across the country to hold one event at their facilities between now and March 7, 2008, to raise money for Augie's Quest. Augie's Quest raises money to fund research to cure amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a disease that Augie Nieto, founder of Life Fitness and Augie's Quest, was diagnosed with in 2005.

Kevin McHugh, COO at the Atlantic Club, says the company has a goal of raising $3 million for ALS research. To participate in an event, contact Patricia Laus, CEO at the Atlantic Club, at 732-292-4379 or patl@theatlanticclub.com, or visit www.clubsforthecure.com.

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School Days
Schwarzenegger Launches Second Annual Governor's Challenge Competition
SACRAMENTO, CA -- California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger launched the second annual Governor's Challenge Competition on Dec. 18 at Culver City (CA) Middle School. Joining Schwarzenegger at the event was Jake Steinfeld, chairman of the governor's council on physical fitness and sports. Read the full story.

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Boot Camp
Yokosuka Fitness Program Encourages Staying Fit During Holidays
YOKOSUKA, JAPAN -- Sailors and their family members stationed in Yokosuka, Japan, had a new way to burn calories and stay fit during the holiday season. The 12 Cardio Days Before Christmas fitness program was developed by Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) and was designed to motivate sailors to embrace the Navy's Culture of Fitness -- even during the holidays. Read the full story.

Industry Beat
Food Pyramid Changes for Seniors
BOSTON -- The food pyramid for people older than 70 looks a bit different from that of younger adults these days. Researchers at Tufts University in Boston recently revamped the food pyramid for older adults that they developed in 1999. Read the full story.

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Fit to Print
In Brief...

  • The International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) and the European Health and Fitness Association (EHFA) have formed a working group with two representatives from each organization to improve global health. Hans Muench and Alison O'Kane will represent IHRSA, and Herman Rutgers and Jean-Ann Marnoch will represent EHFA. The European health and fitness sector generates more than $28 billion in revenue, employs 370,000 persons, and serves 40 million members in public and private health and fitness clubs across Europe.


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