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Inclusive Fitness Coalition Launches Partnership for Inclusive Health

The Inclusive Fitness Coalition (IFC) launched a new charge focusing on building inclusive health communities that provide the 54 million people living with disability in the United States equal access and opportunities for healthy living.

SHAPE America Promotes Summertime Activity for Kids

"Parents may be surprised to know that the majority of children in the United States are LESS active during the summer than during the school year and therefore are at risk for unhealthy weight gains," warns SHAPE America Hall of Famer Chuck Corbin, professor emeritus at Arizona State University. Citing statistics from Active Living Research (ALR), Dr. Corbin recommends parents monitor their children's physical activity levels and eating habits during the summer so that when they return to school they will be healthy, fit and ready to learn.

2017 Finalists Announced for National Gold Medal Awards in Parks and Recreation

The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), announced the finalists for the 2017 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.

Bullying Prevalence Decreased Over 10-Year Study

The prevalence of bullying and related behaviors reported by nearly 250,000 students in Maryland schools declined significantly between 2005-2014, according to a study to be published in the June 2017 issue of Pediatrics.

Planning Experts Look at Role of 'Sharing Economy' on Urban Planning

Community planning and transportation experts from across the country discussed the role that the "sharing economy" is having on urban planning during one of the most widely attended sessions at the American Planning Association's annual National Planning Conference.

ASICS, PHIT America Partner to Boost Youth Activity

PHIT America announced that ASICS America Corp. is now one of PHIT America's instrumental partners in helping children move. The partnership marks another milestone in ASICS' continued effort to create opportunities for children to lead an active lifestyle through sport in U.S. schools through the PHIT America GO! Grants program.

IHRSA Releases Updated Latin America Report

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) released The IHRSA Latin American Report (Second Edition) sponsored by Hoist Fitness. This research publication, an update to its groundbreaking 2012 report, was produced in collaboration with Mercado Fitness (Argentina) and supported by Fitness Brasil.

Survey: Nearly 100 Million Americans Touched by Food Insecurity

According to a recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), nearly 100 million Americans either personally face or know someone who faces food insecurity or does not have regular access to food because of financial difficulties. This is an alarming trend, especially in underserved, low-income areas where access to healthy, nutritious food is already an issue.

Applications Open for PetSafe Bark for Your Park Grant Program

Communities around the country can now submit an application for PetSafe Brand's seventh annual Bark for Your Park grant-giving program, May 1 through June 30, 2017. This year, PetSafe Brand will award 25 grants totaling $275,000 to help cities build new dog parks and provide makeovers or maintenance for existing parks.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Issues Statement on School Nutrition

"Every child deserves a healthy school that provides nutritious food to eat and opportunities to be physically active. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation urges the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to support students' health and well-being by fully implementing the nutrition standards for school meals that took effect in 2012."

May 3 Is Project ACES Day

"The World's Largest Exercise Class" is coming to children and schools around the world May 3 — millions of participants across the globe will be celebrating the 29th annual Project ACES Day beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 3.

Global Wellness Institute Releases Report From Roundtable

The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) is known for its international roundtables that bring together multidisciplinary leaders for high-level discussions about growing wellness industry markets and issues. And recently, 20 leaders from urban design, architecture, real estate investment, hospitality, medicine and fitness gathered to discuss one of today's fastest-growing wellness markets: wellness real estate and communities. According to recent GWI research, the global market for "homes and communities proactively designed for residents' physical, mental, social and environmental health"* grew roughly 20% from 2013-2015 (to reach $119 billion).

Water Safety USA Announces 2017 Messaging

Water Safety USA, a consortium of 14 national governmental and non-governmental organizations, announced the 2017 water safety message: "Designate a water watcher — supervision could save a life."

Local Y Events Kick Off Summer of Activity

The 26th annual YMCA's Healthy Kids Day was held Saturday, April 29. Healthy Kids Day is the Y's national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids and families.

APA Announces 2017 National Planning Award Recipients

The American Planning Association (APA) honors comprehensive planning efforts and inspiring individuals with its 2017 National Planning Excellence and Achievement Awards.

National Park Foundation Raises Funds for Teacher Ranger Program

Twelve national parks in California are participating in the National Park Service's 2017 Teacher Ranger Teacher Program, thanks to funding from the National Park Foundation. The Teacher Ranger Teacher program is an extended summer professional development opportunity for educators from K-12 schools to learn about the resources and educational materials available through the National Park Service.

ASLA: Landscape Architects Report Subdued Conditions

Business conditions flattened for landscape architecture firms during the first three months of 2017, according to the newest American Society of Landscape Architects' Business Quarterly survey. During the first quarter of this year, firms reported a dip in billable hours and hiring plans, while inquiries for new work picked up from the previous quarter.

Local Governments Cite Savings as Top Motivator for Innovation

Realizing potential budget savings is the most significant factor motivating local governments to implement new practices or initiatives, while the availability of funding is the most significant barrier to such innovation, according to a survey of local government chief administrative officers conducted by ICMA, the International City/County Management Association, in partnership with the Arizona State University Center for Urban Innovation and the Alliance for Innovation (AFI).

Youth Tennis, Cardio Tennis Grow in Recent Study

Among the bright spots in the most recent tennis participation data is an increase in the number of youth players and an increase in the number of Cardio Tennis players, according to the latest study from the Physical Activity Council (PAC).

Women Leaders in College Sports Announces Award Winners

Women Leaders in College Sports announced its 2017 Rising Star and Commitment Award recipients. Lindsay Jaffe (University of Cincinnati) was named the Commitment Award winner. Glenna Andrews (University of Portland), Gabriella Dominguez (John Jay College of Criminal Justice), and Ayanna Tweedy (Bowie State University) were named Rising Star Award winners.

ACE Study Investigates Cardio Effectiveness of Zumba Gold

The dance-inspired group fitness class, Zumba, offers a low-impact version that's designed for middle-aged and older adults. But can the lower-intensity Zumba Gold, deliver on the promise of a safe, fun and effective exercise for baby boomers?

We Are Golf, Topgolf Extend Partnership for National Golf Day

WE ARE GOLF (WAG) – a coalition of the game's leading associations and industry partners – will once again partner with Topgolf for National Golf Day 2017, offering free golf lessons at the company's 28 venues nationwide.

STMA Awards Environmental Facility Certification to 18 Facilities

Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – the professional association for 2,600 men and women who manage sports fields worldwide who are critical to the safety of athletes and coaches – recognized 18 facilities with the organization's Environmental Facility Certification.

SHAPE America Celebrates Nat'l Physical Education & Sport Week

Schools across the country will be celebrating the importance of health and physical education programs empowering all students to lead active and healthy lives, May 1-7, during National Physical Education and Sport Week.

National Park Service, Foundation Launch Parks 101

In conjunction with this year's National Park Week, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation launched Parks 101, an ongoing series of hidden histories that showcase unexpected stories and experiences from America's national parks and programs.

NASC Releases Industry Report for Sport Event Industry

The National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC), in conjunction with Ohio University, released its annual State of the Industry Report for the sport event industry, and the survey shows the industry continues to be strong throughout the country.

Five Communities Recognized for Comprehensive Plans

The American Planning Association (APA) has recognized five comprehensive plans through the second round of the organization's Comprehensive Plan Standards for Sustaining Places Recognition Program Pilot. A comprehensive plan guides a community's physical, social, and economic development, which provides guidance on local land use decisions.

Helmet Testing Aims to Improve Safety

New ways of testing and analyzing football head injuries caused by helmet-to-helmet hits is approaching a touchdown. The University of Alabama at Birmingham's (UAB) Department of Mechanical Engineering is developing new testing methodologies using crash test dummies to improve helmet testing and ultimately reduce concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

PGMS Announces Summer Conference

Home of the Carolina Panthers, the country's second-largest banking center, host of heart-pounding NASCAR races and world-class barbecue...all of this and more await green industry professionals in Charlotte, N.C., host of the PGMS School of Grounds Management Summer Conference, July 24-25, 2017.

Industry Veteran Hal McEvoy Joins IAAPA as CFO

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) announced 42-year attractions industry veteran Hal McEvoy has joined the association as chief financial officer (CFO).

Columbus Hosts Summit on Afterschool & Expanded Learning

The Ohio Afterschool Network held a statewide Municipal Summit on Afterschool and Expanded Learning at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio.

Health Club Industry Exceeds 66 Million Consumers

More than 66 million Americans used a health club in 2016, a record-high since IHRSA began tracking health club consumer statistics in 1987.

SFIA Report Shows Conflicting Sport Participation Trends

With some activities experiencing double-digit growth, and others similarly declining, there is no single, dominant sports and fitness participation trend in the United States, according to the Sports and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) 2017 Sports, Fitness and Leisure Activities Topline Report.

Amusement Parks & Attractions to Open in 2017

As amusement parks and attractions open for the 2017 season, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) released its annual compilation of what is new at parks and attractions in the United States and Canada. The 2017 list includes more than 170 fresh experiences at 75 amusement parks and attractions, including new parks and land areas, rides, roller coasters, slides, games and more.

NRPA Releases Benchmarking Data for Parks & Rec Agencies

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) gives park and recreation professionals the data they need to be industry leaders while best serving their communities with the 2017 NRPA Agency Performance Review.

Trust for Public Land CEO Will Rogers Announces Retirement Plans

Will Rogers, President of The Trust for Public Land, issued a statement about his future plans, announcing his retirement in a year to allow time for a replacement to be found.

Timely Diagnosis, Improved Treatment Lead to Faster Recovery for Athletic Hip Injuries

There are many health benefits to being an athlete. However, the sudden body movements used in sports like football, hockey and basketball can lead to painful hip injuries. A new literature review in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS) identifies treatment strategies to get athletes back in the game.

Congressional Fitness Challenge Winners Announced

The American Council on Exercise (ACE) announced the winners of its annual Congressional Fitness Challenge, a six-week competition that saw participation from more than 300 congressional staffers and 10 members of Congress.

14th Annual WAHC Registration Opens

Early registration opened on April 3 for the 2017 World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC) at thewahc.org. The three day event, hosted by the National Swimming Pool Foundation) is taking place at the Omni Interlocken in Broomfield, Colo. this October 18-20.

Groups Partner to Promote Healthier, Walkable Communities

The Urban Land Institute has joined a coalition of organizations representing 450,000 professionals involved in industries related to community building, public health and parks creation to pledge support for the advancement of healthier, more walkable and more equitable communities.

PAC Study Shows Slight Increase in Activity Levels

According to The 2017 Physical Activity Council Participation Report, several activities saw moderate increase including outdoor, team, and fitness categories. These gains, especially among those who participate three times a week or more, contributed to the 0.2 percent decline in inactivity among Americans ages 6 and older. However, inactivity levels remain high at over 27 percent.

Rose Center Partners With Anchorage to Enhance Neighborhood Resiliency

The Rose Center for Public Leadership, jointly operated by the National League of Cities (NLC) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI), is working with Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz to advise the city on developing tailored resiliency plans for Anchorage neighborhoods and their unique needs. These plans will help the administration execute on the priorities of innovation, resiliency, sustainability and equity on a neighborhood scale.

NFWF Announces Grant Program to Help Restore Angeles National Forest Watersheds

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced that, in partnership with the Angeles National Forest, NFWF will be issuing more than $17 million in grants over the next three years to restore watersheds impacted by the Copper, Sayre and Ranch fires in the Angeles National Forest.

YMCA of the USA Elects New Board Members

YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), the national resource office for 2,700s Ys across the country, announced the election of four new members to the nonprofit's board of directors.

SHAPE America Announces National Teachers of the Year

SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators announced its 2017 national Teacher of the Year award winners, six individuals who are among the elite of the adapted physical education, dance education, school health and physical education professions.

National League of Cities Launches Early Learning Initiative

The National League of Cities (NLC) announced a new initiative to increase the likelihood that all children will achieve educational success by the end of third grade. This project, "Promoting an Alignment Framework to Build an Early Learning Nation," builds upon prior work by NLC's Institute for Youth, Education, and Families to align educational policies and programs for young children more effectively.

Study Shows Majority of Day Campers Get Significant Activity

Kids at day camp are getting more than the recommended amount of physical activity each day, according to a new study, "Children's Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity Attending Summer Day Camps," published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.

NATA Presents Youth Sports Safety Ambassador Awards

At the eighth Youth Sports Safety Summit, the National Athletic Trainers' Association presented its Youth Sports Safety Ambassador Award to two honorees – one individual and one organization – each demonstrating major commitment to the health and well-being of young athletes.

Five Students Receive Scholarships From PGMS

The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) has announced five green industry students as the 2017 collegiate scholarship recipients.

IAAPA Economic Impact Study: Attractions Generate $3.6 Billion in Latin America

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) recently released the results of an economic impact study for the attractions industry in Latin America. The IAAPA Economic Impact Study of the Latin American Attractions Industry evaluated the economic conditions of 556 attractions in 11 countries.

Millions of Volunteers Take Action to Clean, Restore and Renew

Keep America Beautiful, the nation's leading nonprofit that envisions a country in which every community is a clean, green and beautiful place to live, announced the official launch of the 2017 Great American Cleanup. Entering its 19th year, Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup is the nation's largest community improvement program with an estimated 50,000 events occurring from spring through fall in more than 20,000 communities across the country.

New Book Aims to Make Communities Healthy

Making communities healthier is a complex challenge. A variety of topics relevant to health — from air quality to social interaction — and scales, the block, neighborhood, or city must be considered. Creating Healthy Neighborhoods: Evidence-Based Planning and Design Strategies helps bring healthy places to life in a way that benefits the entire community.

Heads Up Tackling Program Decreases Concussion Rates, Researchers Say

Consistently using a tackling education program appears to help lessen youth football concussion severity and occurrence, say researchers presenting their work today at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's Specialty Day in San Diego.

Rose Center to Advise Grand Rapids on Development Incentives to Advance Community Goals

The Rose Center for Public Leadership, jointly operated by the National League of Cities (NLC) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI), is working with Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss to explore new and innovative ways the city can best utilize public land and finance incentives to support the community's vision of vibrant neighborhoods with high-quality parks, a riverfront recreation trail, more mobility and housing options and economic opportunity for people from all walks of life.

Spotlight Shines on Tennis Visionaries

The spirit of innovation and creativity is alive and well in tennis, as some of the most brilliant new products and services in the tennis industry take center stage on Monday, March 27, at the inaugural Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge.

ASLA Plan Provides Top U.S. Infrastructure Recommendations

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) released a document outlining critical priorities to update and strengthen all forms of infrastructure. "Landscape Architects Leading Community Infrastructure Design and Development" centers on less-costly green infrastructure solutions in four areas.

Off the Scale Partners With ACSM to Scale Chronic Disease Intervention Care

Off The Scale (OTS) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) have just announced a significant strategic partnership, with ACSM and its Exercise is Medicine (EIM) Global Center teaming up with OTS to combat the progression of chronic diseases. This partnership supports continued efforts to develop and implement lifestyle change programs aimed at combating sedentary lifestyle, obesity and those chronic diseases that can be significantly treated or managed by physical activity and other lifestyle interventions.

City Parks Alliance, Toro Announce Winners of Urban Park Innovation Award

The Toro Urban Park Innovation Award, sponsored by The Toro Company, recognizes innovation in park management and practices, and is presented in conjunction with City Parks Alliance. Parque Castillo in St. Paul, and Bossen Field Park in Minneapolis, were chosen for the important roles they play in bringing their communities together through recreation and arts integration, and for their ability to demonstrate excellence in park design and programming.

American Red Cross, Counsilman-Hunsaker to Partner on Aquatic Management Program

In response to the aquatic industry's ever-evolving challenges, including increasingly stringent health and safety regulation, certification management, compliance demands and risk management issues, the American Red Cross and Counsilman-Hunsaker have partnered to offer a robust, customizable solution for aquatic facility operators.

Report Shows Wellness Options Are Key to Senior Living Satisfaction

Residents of age-qualified communities who participate in wellness and lifestyle activities are very satisfied with their quality of life and the value they receive from living in the community, according to new findings from the ICAA/ProMatura Wellness Benchmarks National Report.

ASBA Announces Pickleball Courts Manual

The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national organization for builders and suppliers of materials for athletic facilities, has announced the release of its newest publication, Pickleball Courts: A Construction & Maintenance Manual. The manual, written jointly by ASBA and the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA), is currently available in both hard copy and online form.

National Park Service, Boy Scouts Partnership Merits Attention

The National Park Service and the Boy Scouts of America celebrated the renewal of their longstanding partnership during a ceremony at the Boy Scout Commemorative Tribute Memorial in Washington, D.C. A centerpiece of the partnership is the Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger Program, which provides the framework for parks and local councils to work together to provide experiences for Scouts on public lands.

Texas A&M University Honored With PGMS Accreditation

Texas A&M University (managed by SSC-Services for Education) was granted a 2-star Landscape Management and Operations Accreditation as awarded by the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS).

Americans Support Pre-Tax Fitness Expense Payment Option, Survey Finds

Americans want to use pre-tax dollars — such as those in a health savings account (HSA) or flexible spending account (FSA) — to cover their fitness expenses. Congress currently is debating a proposal that would give Americans that right: the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act.

NSPF Releases Advanced Service Technician Certification

The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) introduces a comprehensive blended training program to the aquatic industry: Advanced Service Technician Course.

NRPA Awards Grant Funding for New Nature Discovery Program

In today's increasingly digital society, the need to educate children on the importance of connecting with nature is apparent, especially in underserved, low-income areas where there aren't a lot of opportunities for kids to explore the natural world around them. That's why the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has selected these four park and recreation agencies to receive funding for its new Wildlife Explorer's program.

PHIT Introduced in Congress

PHIT, the fitness industry's top federal legislative priority, was introduced recently in Congress. On the national front, IHRSA's advocacy team has been actively engaging with Congress, the Administration and allied organizations to promote physical activity and advance the interests of health club businesses, which are instrumental in building a healthier and more prosperous America.

Keep America Beautiful Partners to Boost Recycling in Flint Schools

The Coca-Cola Company, Nestlé Waters North America, the PepsiCo Foundation and the Walmart Foundation announced that they have partnered to fund an integrated recycling education and awareness initiative for the 10,000 school students affected by the Flint water crisis, led by national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful and its local Flint, Mich., affiliate Keep Genesee County Beautiful (KGCB).

Study: Private Schools Offer Fewer Athletic Training Services

A new study reveals that a greater percentage of U.S. public secondary schools than private secondary schools offer athletic training services to meet the health care needs of their student athletes.

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10 U.S. Cities Take Part in 'Safe Routes to Parks' Pilot Program

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) kicks off its new Safe Routes to Parks pilot program, which aims to demonstrate how local park and recreation agencies are utilizing the Safe Routes to Parks Action Framework to increase safe access to parks and improve health outcomes in underserved areas.

Pool Corporation Acquires Lincoln Aquatics

Pool Corporation (NASDAQ/GSM: POOL) announced that it has acquired the assets of Lincoln Aquatics, a leading national distributor of equipment and supplies to commercial and institutional swimming pool customers, effective April 28, 2017.

Ecore Athletic Provides Functional Training Solution to Sacramento State

Sacramento State University, located in Sacramento, Calif., offers seven academic colleges with 58 undergraduate majors. In keeping with the campus’ rugged outdoor environment, Sacramento State offers opportunities for adventure both indoors and out.

S.R.Smith Introduces aXs2 Pool Lift

S.R.Smith has just added a new pool lift offering to its comprehensive line of ADA Aquatic Lifts. A 360-degree rotational pool lift, the aXs2 features a sleek and compact design that requires minimal deck space.

AwareManager Releases New Version of Mobile App

AwareManager, the facility management software company, released version 8.0 of its mobile application for iOS and Android devices. AwareManager Mobile 8.0 includes a new user interface, making the app easier to use, as well as several new features to make mobile facility and property management a reality.

Bradley Promotes Market Leaders to Managing Directors

Bradley Company announced that three market leaders, Tom Deitche, Sally Tucker, and Jim Logan, have been promoted to Managing Director for each of their respective offices in Fort Wayne, Ind.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Indianapolis.

Synthetic Surfaces Inc. Launches New Website

Synthetic Surfaces Inc. (SSI) has a new website with a fresh look that is clean, orderly, easy to navigate, and offers an expanded variety of information.

Jamestown Advanced Products Celebrates 30 Years

Ask many of the employees of Jamestown Advanced Products why the business has made it to celebrate 30 years, and they will give the same response: the ownership team.

Sport Court Is Official Supplier for Men's Volleyball Championship

Sport Court is the Official Court Supplier for the 2017 National Collegiate Men’s Volleyball Championship, including the opening round, semifinals and championship final May 6 on ESPNU at St. John Arena on the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

Redexim Welcomes Tim Schwierjohn to the Team

Redexim Turf Products, the factory direct store for Redexim North America, based in Valley Park, Mo., has added a new staff member: Tim Schwierjohn.

Competitor Swim Extends Role as Official Lane Line of USA Swimming

USA Swimming announced the renewal of its partnership with Competitor Swim, the leading manufacturer of lane lines and other swim products for competitions around the world. The company will continue to serve as the "Official lane line of USA Swimming" through 2020.

TRX Challenges People to 'Make It Personal'

TRX, the industry leader in functional training and creator of Suspension Training, has launched its first fully integrated brand marketing campaign: "Make it Personal." The campaign highlights TRX's unparalleled versatility in being a personalized training system for athletes of any sport, ability level or goal.

ULI Report Explores Green Infrastrucutre to Manage Stormwater

The growing involvement of the real estate industry in helping municipalities manage stormwater runoff with systems using natural resources is explored in a new Urban Land Institute (ULI) publication, Harvesting the Value of Water: Stormwater, Green Infrastructure, and Real Estate.

CRS Welcomes New Project Manager & Biz Developer

Commercial Recreation Specialists (CRS) announced the addition of Project Manager and Business Developer Owen Stoughton. Owen will be a key resource for aquatic and land-based recreation projects in both our Wisconsin and Northern Illinois markets.

DLA Architects Announces Carrie Matlock as President

DLA Architects, Ltd. in Itasca, Ill., announced the promotion of Carrie Matlock as President following Bruce Dahlquist's retirement.

FitMetrix Provides Customized Fitness Experience to Health Clubs

By harnessing the freedom that technology offers to the member experience, FitMetrix allows health clubs the opportunity to offer tailored services on a fully customizable platform. The user-friendly software transforms the way that fitness facilities interact and understand their members, aiding to overcome the loss of involvement following the natural first quarter fizzle of New Year's resolutions.

Fairmont Hotels Collaborates With Technogym

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts expands its industry-leading wellness program, Fairmont Fit, through a new collaboration with Technogym, the leading producer of design and technology-driven fitness equipment and solutions, to offer its signature Wellness Ball Active Sitting as the newest Fairmont Fit amenity.

Gold Medal Names James Adam Browning President

Gold Medal Products Co., the world's leading manufacturer and distributor of concession food equipment and supplies, announced James Adam Browning has been appointed to the office of President.

CenterEdge Software to Manage The Epic GrandCentral

CenterEdge Software, a leading provider of point-of-sale, online sales and reservations, and ticketing systems for entertainment and recreation facilities, has been selected to serve as the point of sale (POS) system for City of Grand Prairie, Texas' The Epic GrandCentral project set to open in November 2017.

Clorox Professional Announces Clorox Total 360 System

Clorox Professional Products Company announced the Clorox Total 360 System, an innovative new surface treatment system that combines proven electrostatic technology with trusted Clorox products to quickly and easily provide superior coverage in even the hardest-to-reach places.

S.R. Smith Introduces New Sentry Lifeguard Chairs

S.R.Smith has added Sentry Lifeguard Chairs to its comprehensive line of lifeguard stands.

Gold Medal Announces New VP of Engineering

Gold Medal Products Co., the world's leading manufacturer and distributor of concession food equipment and supplies, introduces Andy Shang as the company's Vice President of Engineering.

Colorado Time Renews Partnership With CSCAA

Colorado Time Systems (CTS), a PlayCore company, announced renewal of their exclusive multi-year sponsorship agreement with the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).

Whitewater Slideboarding Receives Thea Award

WhiteWater took the stage with some of the best known names in our industry at the Themed Entertainment Association's Thea Awards Gala to celebrate the most ground-breaking projects and innovative technologies in themed entertainment.

13 Solar Projects From Current Drive Clean Energy & Savings in Northeast

Businesses across the Northeast are using the power of the sun to reduce energy costs and improve their environmental impact. Solar solutions from Current, powered by GE, are now generating clean energy to fuel diverse industries like healthcare, manufacturing and municipalities.

Seton Hall Selects Colorado Time Systems Video Display

Seton Hall University in Orange, N.J., has signed an agreement with Colorado Time Systems, a PlayCore company, to install a brand new 10mm LED video display at the Arthur E. Imperatore Natatorium this summer.

CRS Welcomes New Business Developer & Account Manager

Commercial Recreation Specialists (CRS) announced the addition of Business Developer and Account Manager Owen Brian Kane.

Gold Medal Unveils Upgraded Frozen Slush Machine

Just in time for summer, Gold Medal is introducing a new frozen slush machine.

Toro Company Awarded Mesa Contract

The Toro Company has been awarded a new cooperative purchasing contract from the City of Mesa, Ariz., for use by all municipal agencies and other authorized users.

Pittsburgh Pirates Install LED Sports Lighting & Controls

Power management company Eaton announced that its advanced Ephesus light-emitting diode (LED) sports lighting and controls system is being installed at PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, for the 2017 season.

Technogym, NSCA Launch Product Workshops

TECHNOGYM, the leading producer of design and technology-driven wellness and fitness equipment and solutions, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), the worldwide authority on strength and conditioning research and education shared an update on the results of their partnership, which was created to support the continued education of thousands of personal trainers, coaches, educators and researchers.

Precor Launches Spinner Chrono

Precor has increased its Spinner indoor cycling offering with the premium addition of the new Spinner Chrono bikes, the latest introduction to the Spinner family; Spinner Rally, Spinner Shift and Spinner Ride.

Texas Christian University Arena Renovation Challenges HVAC Engineers

HVAC consulting engineers and contractors were dealt a tough hand during the renovation of Texas Christian University's (TCU) basketball arena and they weren't playing Texas Hold 'em Poker.

Upace Strengthens Fitness Conferences With Customized Apps

Organizers and attendees of Florida State University's Evolve Fitness Symposium and Indiana State University's Midwest Fit Fest are getting customized apps, designed and donated by upace.

TRX Partners With Alloy Personal Training Solutions and Humane Flooring

TRX, the global leader in providing a holistic functional training ecosystem for gyms, health clubs and fitness facilities, announced strategic partnerships with Alloy Personal Training Solutions and Humane Flooring.

Superior Recreational Products Announces Spring Sale

The Superior Recreational Products annual Spring Sale will start April 17 and conclude June 30.

Technogym Announces Results of 'Let's Move' Campaign

Technogym, the world's leading wellness and fitness company, announced the amazing results of its ‘Let's Move for a Better World' campaign, a worldwide social campaign with a mission to raise awareness in the fight against obesity and sedentariness.

Neoti Provides Ultra-HD LED Display for University of Kansas

The University of Kansas Athletics recently turned to Neoti to upgrade the backlit nameplates above each locker at the Anderson Family Football Complex with a seamless, ribbon-style narrow pixel pitch LED display.

Accella Announces Tru-Motion Play Series Product Line

Accella Polyurethane Systems announced that it has expanded its Tru-Motion Play Series products to include an expanded line of Aromatic binders for Pour in Place safety surfaces.

PlayCore Acquires Alta Enterprises

Alta Enterprises Inc. founded in 1989, is a leading supplier of custom swimming pool covers and automatic reel systems with push button functionality.

Technogym Strengthens Digital Offerings

TECHNOGYM, the world's leading wellness and fitness company, launched a long list of new digital products at IHRSA 2017, furthering the brand's mission to motivate users to move more and become healthier

Precor's Erica Tillinghast Recognized by IHRSA

Erica Tillinghast, Precor Global Education Manager, is one of just 22 young professionals to have been recognized as a Rising Star by the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) in acknowledgment of her outstanding impact on the business and the global fitness industry.

Willoughby's Envy Lavatory Ideal for Commercial Settings

Willoughby Industries announced an addition to the commercial lavatory lineup: the Envy two- and three-station solid surface lavatory systems.

Athletic Club Quiets Paddle Ball Court Noise With Acoustifence

A large athletic club in New York contacted Thomas Stone of MS Platinum Construction about a noise problem at their paddleball courts in late fall 2015. Tom contacted Acoustiblok Inc., a NASA Spinoff listed company, about the problem and working with a consultant came up with a practical solution using Acoustifence that reduced noise and fit into the look of the courts.

Dollamur Sports Surfaces Announces Wrestling Mat Approval

Dollamur Sport Surfaces (Dollamur) – the world's leading manufacturer of high-performance sports flooring for wrestling, mixed martial arts, martial arts, gymnastics, cheerleading and fitness – announced it has received United World Wrestling (UWW) safety approval for wrestling mats used in high-level competitions.

Technogym Launchesd Skillrow

TECHNOGYM, a leading producer of design and technology-driven fitness equipment and solutions, announced the launch of SKILLROW, the first indoor rowing equipment designed to improve anaerobic power, aerobic capacity and neuromuscular abilities in one solution.

Gaylord Palms Orlando Partners With ADG to Add FlowRider

Aquatic Development Group (ADG) has completed a second phased expansion at the Gaylord Palms and Convention Center adding a FlowRider Double as part of a $4.2 million expansion that also included a new slide complex.

The Abs Company Adds Michael Ritter to Team

The Abs Company announced that Michael Ritter has joined the team to further support their growing portfolio of products in their Key and National Accounts.

Gerflor Sets Example for Sports-Flooring Industry

LEED v4 is here – and it's changing how sport facility architects and designers consider and specify products. Specifically, environmental product declarations (EPDs) need a more critical eye than ever before. Gerflor USA, known for its high quality, high performing resilient sport and commercial flooring, is making it easier – while strengthening its legacy of industry leadership – with product-specific EPDs.

College Basketball Championship Games to Be Played Under Eaton's LEDs

Power management company Eaton announced that its advanced Ephesus sports lighting light-emitting diode (LED) and controls system will illuminate three of the next four college basketball championship games: this year's game at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona; U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2019; and at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia in 2020.

Master Lock Debuts Best-in-Class Electronic Built-In Locker Lock

After years of dedicated research and development, Master Lock unveiled its new Electronic Built-In Locker Lock at the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) trade show, March 8 and 9.

Power Plate Joins AFS

The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) announced the addition of industry leader Power Plate to its membership and sponsorship ranks.

Aktiv Provides Programming With Fitness Industry Educators

Aktiv Solutions, the industry leader in functional fitness facility design and supply, announced a new programming and education platform designed to power the spaces they create on behalf of clients.

TRX Connect Links Fitness Facilities, Members & Metrics

TRX, the industry leader in functional training, announced the launch of TRX Connect, an integrated digital platform that combines a professional/enterprise app, consumer app and cutting edge (or one-of-a-kind or proprietary) body assessment technology with TRX's acclaimed programming, education and equipment.

Hyperwear Introduces SoftBell Adjustable Dumbbell

Hyper Wear Inc. (Hyperwear), creator of innovative functional fitness equipment, announced the launch of the SoftBell Adjustable Dumbbell, the company's latest breakthrough fitness product.

Ephesus Sports Lighting Installed at Ford Park's Ballfields

Power management company Eaton announced that its advanced Ephesus sports lighting light-emitting diode (LED) and controls system has been installed at Ford Fields, part of the Ford Park complex in Beaumont, Texas, to illuminate the park's 12 all-turf infield, championship-caliber youth baseball/softball fields.

Aktiv Unveils Aktiv Virtual Functional Training on Demand

Aktiv Solutions, the industry leader in functional fitness facility design and supply, unveiled its pioneering Aktiv Virtual guided-training platform. Aktiv Virtual represents the first AI (artificial intelligence) personal trainer for the commercial fitness industry and will provide club members with the guidance, education and motivation of a personal training experience.

Pine Hall Brick Company Upgrades Logo, Website

After almost a century, Pine Hall Brick Company is re-introducing itself with a new logo, a new website and a new focus on the benefits of brick construction to today's marketplace.

FitMetrix Provides Software Platform for Fitness Industry

Technology continues to change the landscape of the fitness and wellness industry, and FitMetrix is at the forefront of that movement. Providing a customized workout experience for gym members that tracks results in realtime, FitMetrix also allows for gym owners to set up a personalized electronic front desk experience to provide gymgoers.

Hach Brings Simplified DPD Testing to Pool Operators

Hach has pioneered a new testing solution for aquatic professionals who are responsible for maintaining healthy water at public pools and spas. The new DPD Pro test strip kit, released in February 2017, offers a quick and easy method to obtain accurate, reliable test results using the DPD method for Total Chlorine and Free Chlorine.

Octane Fitness Adds to Commercial Zero Runner Line

Nautilus Inc., a leader in innovative fitness equipment, announced that Octane Fitness is introducing its second commercial Zero Runner, the ZR7000, along with the new Octane AirdyneX air resistance bike.

Curtis Industries Acquires Artillian LLC

Curtis Industries, LLC. has finalized the acquisition of Artillian, LLC, a privately owned company based in Douglas, Mass. The company will continue to operate under the Artilian name as a division of Curtis.

AerationPlus Circulator Improves Water in Ponds and Lakes

The AerationPlus circulator from Medora Corp. provides cost-effective, targeted circulation for small lakes and ponds, as well as areas around docks, marinas and coves in larger lakes.

What's Happening to Feminine Hygiene Dispensers?

While it has not been given much attention, women in all types of facilities have noticed something quietly happening: Feminine hygiene dispensers are either disappearing, not stocked, or left unrepaired.

EZ Dock Recognized With 2017 Innovation Award

EZ Dock earned a coveted Innovation Award at the Miami International Boat Show as voted on by Boating Writers International. The new EZ Kayak Launch was recognized for innovation in the docking category for its unique design for helping novice and experienced kayakers get in and out of their vessel without getting their feet wet. NMMA honored EZ Dock with this award as one of just 19 winners out of 63 evaluated products.



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