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Preventing Germs in Gyms: What Works?

According to the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), there were more than 36,000 health clubs in the United States in 2016. Furthermore, over 66 million Americans used a health club and more than 57 million were members of at least one athletic facility, which was an increase over previous years. And while these numbers are good news when it comes to Americans getting healthier, the downside is that there has also been a rise in the number of community-acquired infections (CAIs) in gyms.

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Poll: Majority of Americans Plan to Attend Community Events During Holidays

A recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and park Association found that four out of five Americans plan to attend some type of special community event, such as a holiday light display, holiday parade or festival, this holiday season.

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KaBOOM! Leading Effort to Ensure Kids Have Places to Play Following Disaster

As many communities continue relief and recovery efforts after devastating destruction caused by the recent hurricanes and wildfires, KaBOOM! is committed to restoring normalcy in the lives of affected kids and communities through great, safe places to play.

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NRPA Releases Guide on Green Infrastructure in Parks

The National Recreation and Park Association announced the release of A Resource Guide for Planning, Designing and Implementing Green Infrastructure in Parks. The new guide, which draws on lessons learned from the Great Urban Parks Campaign pilot projects, was created in partnership with the American Planning Association and Low Impact Development Center.

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ACE Asks: How Can Everyday Activities Improve Health?

Research has shown that interrupting long periods of sitting with small periods of movement can improve health, but without guidance on how much of which activities will make a difference, many remain unmotivated to move.

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ASBA Announces 2017 Award Winners

The American Sports Builders Association, the national organization for designers, builders and suppliers of materials for athletic facilities, has announced the winners of its annual awards.

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Fitness Centers Dominate Health Clubs, Colleges & Ys

Fitness Centers Dominate Health Clubs, Colleges & Ys

When asked if their facilities currently include fitness centers, including cardio and weight training equipment, the respondents to the Industry Report survey who were most likely to say yes were from health clubs, colleges and universities, and YMCAs. Some 94.7 percent of health clubs, 91.3 percent of colleges and 90.9 percent of YMCAs said they currently include fitness centers. Respondents from other facility types were less likely to include fitness centers as part of their facilities. More than half of school respondents (58.6 percent) and community center respondents (55.6 percent) said they currently include fitness centers. Just 38.5 percent of parks and only 5.5 percent of camps currently have fitness centers.

Among those with plans to add features at their facilities over the next three years, fitness centers were most likely to be planned by respondents from health clubs (26.7 percent), colleges (18.6 percent) and parks (14.1 percent). Less likely to be planning to add fitness centers were schools (11.3 percent), Ys (10.4 percent), community centers (9.8 percent), and camps (6.9 percent).

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Look Out Below! Evaluating Your Playground Surface Options

What kind of playground safety surface is best? The answer is, it depends. The context of your site, as well as your long-term maintenance capabilities, can have a big impact.

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Colorado State University – Pueblo Boosts Football Program

Colorado State University – Pueblo dropped its football program in 1984, but when a Friends of Football program raised enough money to bring football back, they embarked on renovations that gave student-athletes a real boost.

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Making a Splash: Tandy Family YMCA in Tulsa, Okla.

A renovation at the Tandy Family YMCA in Tulsa brought a unique fountain to the entrance, providing a pathway from the surrounding area into the facility.

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Riding the New Waves: Advances in Waterpark Design & Technology

Running a successful waterpark means keeping up with the newest trends in rides and technology, not to mention savvy marketing and amenities that keep guests coming back for more.

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Broaden Your Appeal With Cardio Equipment Variety

Every fitness floor should feature some standard and expected fitness equipment, but you can appeal to a wider variety of users if you add more choices to the mix.

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Don't Miss These Upcoming Events!

2018 STMA Conference & Exhibition, Jan. 16 to 19 in Ft. Worth, Texas, presented by The Sports Turf Managers Association (
FEC Summit 2018, Jan. 28 to 30 in Laguna Beach, Calif., presented by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (
2018 AOAP 7th Annual Conference & Exposition, Feb. 5 to 8 in St. Pete Beach, Fla., presented by The Association of Aquatic Professionals (
ACA 2018 National Conference, Feb. 20 to 23 in Orlando, Fla., presented by the American Camp Association (

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