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Government Releases New Physical Activity Guidelines
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More Than Half a Million Shares of Life Time Fitness Stock Sold
St. Paul City Council Changes Ordinance
PA Health Club Members to Receive Refunds
Family Sues Y After Drowning Death
School Days
Religious, Community Leaders Want to Ban Yoga in New York High School
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Navy Announces Updates to Physical Readiness Program
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One-Third of Americans Say Economy Is Affecting Their Health
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October.10.2008
October Step by Step Articles Online Now
Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro's online how-to section helps our readers improve retention, increase sales, energize group exercise programming and more. Visit http://www.fitnessbusinesspro.com/stepbystep to read articles from industry experts.

Here's what to look for in October in our Step by Step online section:

Step by Step: Clubs
Jenny Dell, marketing director for Legend Fitness, shares seven tips for retaining employees and heightening workplace morale.

Step by Step: Personal Training
Brian Grasso, CEO for the International Youth Conditioning Association, explores opportunities for trainers to work with youth.

Step by Step: Marketing
Don Jones, executive director of the Fitness Centre & Day Spa, offers tips about how to successfully hold a fitness sampler event.

Step by Step: Design
Kurt Broadhag, president of 23D Gym Design and K Allan Consulting, explains how to go green with environmentally friendly flooring.

Step by Step: Vendor Viewpoint
Peter Sheldon, vice president of Coverall Health-Based Cleaning System, describes the best ways to clean fitness facilities.

If you would like to be a Step by Step columnist, please e-mail Jennipher Shaver at jennipher.shaver@penton.com with your mug shot, a one-paragraph bio and three topic ideas for 750-word how-to articles.

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Hot News
Government Releases New Physical Activity Guidelines
WASHINGTON, DC -- This week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its new Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, which calls for a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week for adults. That equates to about 30 minutes of exercise five days a week. The guidelines recommend that children get an hour or more of physical activity a day. Read the full story.

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Club Hopping
More Than Half a Million Shares of Life Time Fitness Stock Sold
CHANHASSEN, MN -- Life Time Fitness announced today that 582,000 shares of Life Time stock were sold Thursday. Read the full story.

St. Paul City Council Changes Ordinance
ST. PAUL, MN -- The St. Paul (MN) City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to allow 24-hour key-card clubs such as Anytime Fitness and Snap Fitness to operate without an employee present in the club at all times. Read the full story.

PA Health Club Members to Receive Refunds
HARRISBURG, PA -- The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office announced that refund checks totaling $273,278 are being delivered to more than 1,200 consumers who were unable to use their health club memberships after two central Pennsylvania clubs suddenly closed or changed ownership. Read the full story.

Family Sues Y After Drowning Death
HUNTINGTON, NY -- The family of a high school senior who drowned at the Huntington (NY) YMCA last winter has filed a lawsuit and is seeking $10 million in damages, according to Newsday. Read the full story.

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School Days
Religious, Community Leaders Want to Ban Yoga in New York High School
MASSENA, NY -- A group of parents and religious leaders in upstate New York want to stop yoga from being taught in public schools, saying the instruction violates boundaries between church and state, The Associated Press reports. Read the full story.

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Boot Camp
Navy Announces Updates to Physical Readiness Program
MILLINGTON, TN -- The Navy announced several policy changes to strengthen the Navy Physical Readiness Program (PRP). In recent years, some of the changes the Navy has made include the addition of elliptical and stationary bikes for the cardio portion of the Navy Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA), a General Military Training (GMT) program and the adoption of an official physical training uniform. Read the full story.

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Industry Beat
One-Third of Americans Say Economy Is Affecting Their Health
BLOOMFIELD, CT -- One-third of people surveyed by CIGNA, a global health service company, say that the economy has changed the way they take care of themselves. Of those people, 55 percent report taking better care of their health by exercising, eating healthier or getting regular check-ups and screenings, while 41 percent say they are taking worse care of themselves. Read the full story.

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Fit to Print
In Brief...

  • The sixth annual SIBEC North America forum for the health and fitness industry took place Sept. 18-21 in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, TX. More than 60 club leaders from major health clubs met with more than 65 supplier companies from more than 34 categories. At the forum, Katie Rollauer, the senior manager of research for the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association, gave an overview on consumers’ attitudes and behaviors about exercise and the health club industry. In addition, Dave Woodyard, the executive vice president of Club Corp., gave a presentation about what to expect in the club industry in the year 2010.
  • 24 Hour Fitness and KaBOOM!, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing play back into the lives of children, are teaming up to build new playgrounds in Houston communities impacted by Hurricane Ike. Throughout the month of October, 24 Hour will donate $1 from the monthly dues of Houston-area members to KaBOOM! to help build the playgrounds. 24 Hour team members, club members and community volunteers will build the first playground on Dec. 13, with a second playground scheduled for completion in early 2009.
  • Life Time Fitness’ real estate business has sold properties in Arizona and Maryland for $60.5 million. Life Time will use the proceeds to pay down debt and will continue to lease the properties it sold to the buyer, a limited liability company affiliated with W.P. Carey & Co.
  • The owners of a Lubbock, TX, fitness club and health spa agreed to an injunction and asset freeze sought by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. Last August, the state charged Extreme Fitness and Wellness Inc., and its owners, Shon and Desiree Perez, with defrauding its customers. According to the attorney general’s enforcement action, the Perezes accepted pre-paid membership dues from about 800 Lubbock-area residents but never ordered any fitness equipment. The injunction extends a temporary restraining order that the court granted in August.


  • Inside Manufacturers
  • Perfect Pushup LLC, designer and distributor of the Perfect Pushup and Perfect Pullup fitness products, has filed suit against Ontel Products Corp. for claims involving trademark and copyright infringement. Ontel recently launched the Iron Gym pullup product on TV. The lawsuit alleges eight causes of action and claims that Ontel has systematically copied Perfect Pushup’s products and advertising in an effort to confuse consumers. Perfect Pushup previously brought an action against Ontel alleging that the company infringed the Perfect Pushup trademarks with its Pushup Pro product. The new lawsuit includes claims relating to Ontel’s alleged failure to perform under an agreement between the parties in the first lawsuit.
  • CheckFree, now a part of Fiserv Inc., has released the latest version of its CheckFree Compete software for fitness facilities. The latest release includes functionality that allows clubs to schedule simultaneous events, and group and individual activities. It also provides nursery monitoring to give members peace of mind regarding their children’s safety. In addition, the software enables member self-service for scheduling activities and managing personal club accounts, provides locker management to assign and manage lockers throughout the club, and facilitates gift card purchase and redemption.
  • David Page, Boston Red Sox strength and conditioning coach, received the Life Fitness Nolan Ryan Award, named after the Hall of Fame pitcher, on Sept. 10 at Fenway Park in Boston. The annual award, presented by Hammer Strength and Life Fitness, honors the professional baseball strength and conditioning coach whose accomplishments, as recognized by members of the Professional Baseball Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society, have earned distinction. Page will receive a plaque to commemorate the award, a personal letter from Ryan, and a financial stipend of $1,500 toward the purchase of new Hammer Strength and Life Fitness strength-training and conditioning equipment.
  • The World Natural Sports Organization (WNSO) is endorsing the National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT) as its athletes’ official training and certification organization. WNSO sanctions drug-free physique events and holds competitions worldwide. The alliance provides athletes with the education and certification needed to be confident in their respective training programs and minimizes the competitive pressure to take performance-enhancing drugs, according to WNSO. For more information about WNSO and NFPT events and efforts to keep drugs out of sports, visit www.fameworldtour.com/WNSO.html.
  • Les Mills International appointed Sal Pellegrino to the new role of national sales director in the United States. Pellegrino joins Les Mills from Precor, where he was national account manager for 11 years. He was previously the East Coast sales manager for equipment supplier Stairmaster for 13 years and has owned and operated two clubs in New York. Pellegrino will be based in North Carolina and will focus on developing relationships with national accounts as well as working closely with Les Mills’ U.S. agents to provide leadership and strategic direction.
  • Aimee Baird, account manager for SCIFIT, was recently featured in the Tulsa World. Baird ran in the 30th annual Laps for Little Ones at the Cascia Hall track in Tulsa, OK, while her deployed husband, Air Force Maj. Robert Baird, ran laps inside the perimeter of his military base in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The run benefits The Little Light House, a school that serves children with developmental disabilities and special needs. The Bairds’ son, Jacob, has autism and is a student at the school.


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