REC REPORT FEATURES
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and Axiall Water Treatment Group released "Looking for Trouble: Seeing Eye-to-Eye With Health Inspectors," a report on commercial pool operations and inspections that highlights multiple violations in pool water safety.
The American Red Cross announced that it is opening its website to Aquatic Partner facilities, or approved Aquatic Providers, that want to promote their Red Cross course offerings.
Health and fitness club operators know that member retention is crucial to business. According to a new report from the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), conducted in partnership with The Retention People, communication is key.
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has announced its annual fitness trend forecast based on survey responses from thousands of fitness professionals.
With football season in full swing, there's no shortage of talk about young players—from high school down to the pee-wee levels—suffering from concussions. Yet many parents may lack knowledge about this mild traumatic brain injury, according to two studies presented last week at a pre-conference symposium on pediatric sports medicine at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference & Exhibition in San Diego.
Adult obesity rates remained high overall, increased in six states in the past year, and did not decrease in any, according to "The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America," a report from the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued the much-anticipated Model Aquatic Health Code, the first set of national guidelines that public pool operators can follow to help keep swimmers healthy and safe, and that state and local health departments can use when they create or update public pool regulations. The code provides tips on safe operation of public aquatic facilities, including design and construction, water filtration, safety, ventilation and air quality, and staff training.
A ready-to-use bicycle safety curriculum is available free of charge for physical education teachers and recreation specialists working with students in grades 6 to 12 from the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Aligned with the National Standards for Physical Education, the curriculum includes lessons and assessments for the skills and knowledge students need to enjoy a lifetime a safe bicycling.
National park visitors contributed $26.5 billion to the nation's economy and supported almost 240,000 jobs in 2013, according to a peer-reviewed report released by the National Park Service.
National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis announced the availability of $3 million in grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund for a new Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership program. These funds will help acquire and develop land for public parks and other outdoor recreation spaces in disadvantaged neighborhoods.
Since 2010, the average salary for part-time personal trainers has increased by 12 percent, while annual salaries for full-time health and fitness professionals and part-time group fitness instructors have held steady, according to a new Salary Report released by the American Council on Exercise.
Minneapolis took top honors on The Trust for Public Land's third annual ParkScore index, earning a perfect "5-park bench" rating from the nonprofit organization. Minneapolis remains the only city park system to earn the coveted "5 bench" score. New York, Boston, Portland and San Francisco rounded out the top five.
At a Congressional Fitness Caucus briefing, the National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) Alliance in collaboration with its organizational partner, the American College of Sports Medicine, released the first United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, and the 2014 grades are less than stellar.
Swimming has long been touted as a great sport and recreational activity virtually everyone can enjoy and benefit from. U.S. Masters Swimming and Life Time – The Healthy Way of Life Company announced a partnership to expand adult swimming programs in place at 76 Life Time Fitness and Life Time Athletic premiere sports, professional fitness, family recreation and spa destinations.
According to a survey of members of the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA), 41 percent of club managers cited their most pressing management concern as facility issues, such as the age of the clubhouse and equipment, asset protection, renovations and maintenance. Twenty-five percent of managers were concerned about human resources issues, including recruiting and staff turnover.
"The growth in dog park popularity is almost mandating an organization to help people find answers to questions they have about a multitude of things regarding starting or maintaining a dog park," said Roseanne D. Conrad, president of the newly formed National Dog Park Association.
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) recently announced Commit to Health—a campaign to get kids healthy supported by the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA). Commit to Health will bring healthy eating and physical activity standards to community park and recreation programs throughout the country.
A couple of years ago, research from the Water Quality and Health Council made news when it revealed just how many people confessed to peeing in public pools. Now, new research published in Environmental Science & Technology reveals more of the repercussions of such bad behavior on swimmers' health.
Some 15 of 24 team sports grew in core participation, according to the latest U.S. Trends in Team Sports Report published by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA). Core participants are those who participate in sports on a regular basis, with definitions varying by sport. At the same time, the report revealed that traditional team sports, such as football, baseball and basketball, saw declines.
A little green space can go a long way toward improving the health of the community that lives within sight of it. Multiple studies have shown the positive effects parks and green space can have on both mental and physical health. So it should come as no surprise that a bipartisan group of mayors from cities across the country have teamed up to make the case for parks to legislators on behalf of their citizens.
Schools across the country will now have access to step-by-step guidance and evidence to help children and youth obtain at least 60 minutes of physical activity before, during and after school every day. A new guide for schools to develop, implement and evaluate comprehensive school physical activity programs has been released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD).