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December 2015

NRPA Study Shows Local Parks Have Significant Economic Impact in All 50 States

The National Recreation and Park Association recently released the nation's first economic impact report identifying and quantifying the economic contribution of the thousands of local and regional public parks throughout the country, and the findings are significant.

November 2015

ACA to Launch Training for Camps Serving Youth With Chronic Illness

Campers living with serious and chronic illness have the opportunity to step outside of their comfort zones, experience the wonders of camp and thrive. A new training track from the American Camp Association will address a range of issues, needs and strategies for professionals working with medically focused camp programs.

ACSM, PRIVIT Aim to Promote Athlete Health & Safety

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and PRIVIT announced a strategic alliance focused on implementing best practices that improve athlete health and safety. Leveraging the strengths of both organizations, the partnership's first offering is the ACSM PREP Profile. Powered by Privit, PREP Profile is an online pre-participation physical evaluation (PPE) tool that will vastly improve efforts to protect the health and safety of athletes.

Veterans Earn Scholarships Toward Fitness Careers

Taking a stand for the military community, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) launched its Salute You Scholarship program in 2013. The program gives honorably discharged military men and women the opportunity to pursue new careers in fitness as ACE Certified Personal Trainers. The program equips veterans with the ACE Personal Trainer Certification program study materials, an exam registration voucher and one-on-one study assistance at no cost.

October 2015

Pediatricians Tackle Youth Football Injuries

With football remaining one of the most popular sports for children and teens, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is issuing new recommendations to improve safety for all players while on the field.

2015 State of Obesity Report Suggests Policies for Improving Health

United States adult obesity rates remained mostly steady—but high—this past year, increasing in Kansas, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and Utah, and remaining stable in the rest, according to The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America, a report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

September 2015

Leading Fitness Associations Study Fitness Industry Trends

The American Council on Exercise (ACE), the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) and ClubIntel released the inaugural International Fitness Industry Trend Report, titled "What's All the Rage?" This study explored the offerings of fitness professionals and gym operators around the world, and quantifies the data to reflect growth in trends over the past two years.

ACE Survey: How Are Wearable Activity Devices Affecting the Fitness Industry?

Whether they count calories, track steps or monitor sleep patterns, many consumers find that measuring their progress and milestones is an important part of their health and fitness routine. So, it's no wonder that wearable devices are becoming ubiquitous, both inside and outside the gym. ACE recently conducted a survey to help better understand how these devices are affecting the fitness industry.

August 2015

U.S. Tennis Participation Up

The latest research into the sport of tennis in the United States shows that overall tennis participation rose 1 percent to 17.9 million players, according to the Tennis Industry Association (TIA). The data also show growth in the number of youth tennis players, and indicate that more than 14 million Americans, while not tennis players currently, express an interest in playing the sport.

IHRSA Report Examines Member Retention in Detail

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) recently released the third installment of its "IHRSA Member Retention Report," examining how member demographics, duration, attendance and activity participation vary between "promoters" and "detractors."

July 2015

Make Your Voice Heard: Drive Healthy & Safe Swimming

The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) announced that CMAHC members will be voting on more than 150 proposed changes to the Model Aquatic Health Code this October. The CMAHC is the nonprofit machine that drives the MAHC change process.

2015's Best & Worst Cities for Recreation

To celebrate National Park and Recreation Month in July, WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis, ultimately naming 2015's best and worst cities for recreation.

June 2015

Study Shows Sport Can Ease Retirement Transition

A recent study from a University of Houston researcher examined how sport can have an impact on the quality of life for people transitioning to retirement. This can include participating in informal sporting activities, organized individual or team sport competition, or other activities like running, cycling or shuffleboard.

NWLC Reports on Athletics Gap for Female Minorities

Girls of color are finishing last when it comes to the opportunity to play sports in high school, according to a new report from the National Women's Law Center (NWLC) and the Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC).

May 2015

Minneapolis, St. Paul Top ParkScore Index

The cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul tied for first place on The Trust for Public Land's 4th annual ParkScore index, with each city earning a perfect 5 "park bench" rating from the nonprofit organization.

YMCA, NSPF Cooperate on Operator Training

YMCA of the USA is phasing out its current Pool Operator on Location (POOL) training program, and is replacing it with a training option aligned with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention's Model Aquatic Health Code.

April 2015

National Water Safety Month Kicks Off May 1

With the summer swimming season nearly here, four leading aquatics and related industry organizations are kicking off a month-long campaign to encourage safer water practices.

IHRSA Releases Seasonal Report

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association released the latest edition of its IHRSA Health Consumer Seasonal Trend Report (Spring 2015), which presents and analyzes the behavior of American health club-goers over the spring and summer months.

March 2015

National Parks Maintenance Backlog Continues to Grow

The National Park Service released its fiscal year 2014 deferred maintenance statistics for national parks, revealing an $11.49 billion nationwide total, up from the $11.3 billion reported at the end of fiscal year 2013.

NACCHO Recommends Best Practices for Recreational Water Venues

A recent report conducted by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) surveyed health departments about practices at aquatic venues, and turned up some disturbing trends. Violations and unsafe practices are common, leading to many preventable pool closings. Now the NACCHO has released a policy statement with recommendations to help pools and agencies improve practices and increase water safety.

February 2015

National Parks Break Records in 2014

Visitation at America's national parks broke all-time records in 2014, as the National Park Service prepares to celebrate its centennial in 2016 with a major push to encourage more visitors to experience their national parks in 2016. In 2014, there were 292.8 million visits to national parks. Breaking the previous record set in 1999 when the parks saw just over 287.1 million visits.

Get Support for Recycling!

If you'd like to boost recycling in your community, support is available. Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Company have announced the availability of the 2015 Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program, which is designed to expand and support recycling in communities across the country.

January 2015

Initiative Aims to Boost Youth Sports Involvement

A new report from the Aspen Institute brings together promising strategies to help sport leaders, parents, policymakers and more work together to grow access to early, positive sports experiences for children.

Poll: Voters Want Investment in Biking, Walking

National active transportation advocacy organization, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), engaged leading Republican and Democratic pollsters to understand the attitudes of likely 2016 voters about federal funding for biking and walking. The findings, which were made public last month, show that opposing federal investment in biking and walking is not widely popular with supporters of either major political party.

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