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IHRSA: One in Five Americans Belong to at Least One Health Club

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Later this year, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) will release the 2019 IHRSA Global Report, which provides an overview of the worldwide health club industry, and the 2019 IHRSA Health Club Consumer Report. Since IHRSA began tracking health club utilization in 1987, the reports have shown that health clubs are playing an increasing role in helping consumers stay active, lead healthier lives, and pursue fitness and sport goals.

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Cost a Top Factor in Recreational Team Sports Registration

According to a recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), when registering for recreational team sports, Americans consider these top three factors: scheduling, location, and cost.

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Trust for Public Land, Partners, Launch 10-Minute Walk Campaign Partnership Fund, Name Grantees

The 10-Minute-Walk Campaign—a partnership between The Trust for Public Land, NRPA, and Urban Land Institute—announced $400,000 in grants to advance the goal of ensuring that everyone has a quality park within a 10-minute walk of home.

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It's National Water Safety Month!

A coalition of water safety partners, including the American Red Cross, the NRPA, the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance, and the World Waterpark Association, along with dozens of other water safety groups, are working together to promote May as National Water Safety Month.

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City Parks Alliance to Host ParkXChange City Workshops

City Parks Alliance announced that ParkXChange City Workshops will be held in Baltimore, Md., Brownsville, Texas, Chattanooga, Tenn., and Washington, D.C., over the next 18 months. The geographically diverse cities share a common goal of strengthening cross-sector partnerships to maximize the benefits of park and recreation resources for low-income communities.

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American Board of Obesity Medicine Announces Growth in Board-Certified Doctors

The American Board of Obesity Medicine announced that more than 720 physicians passed its board certification test administered in February, continuing to establish obesity medicine as one of the fastest-growing fields in medicine.

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Health Club Usage, 2016-2019

Health Club Usage, 2016-2019

The percentage of health club respondents who report increasing usage at their facilities was projected to grow from slightly less than half (48.5 percent) in 2017 to 63.3 percent by the end of this year.

From 2015 to 2016, 55.3 percent of health club respondents said usage at their facilities had grown, while 11.8 percent reported a decrease. The year 2017 saw more struggle in terms of usage, with 48.5 percent indicating they'd seen an increase and 16.7 percent reporting a decrease.

When the survey was conducted in early 2018. 56.5 percent of health club respondents said they expected usage at their facilities to increase in 2018, and 63.3 percent projected an increase in 2019.

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Making Connections: Fitness Facilities Aim to Connect People With the Outdoors, and Each Other

The latest fitness facilities are focused on more than physical health, increasingly providing space for social interaction and even connection with the outdoors.

For more information, read Making Connections: Fitness Facilities Aim to Connect People With the Outdoors, and Each Other.

Neighborhood Investments & The Common Good

A recent report covering four cities reveals how investments in parks, libraries, trails and other civic assets can change people's perceptions of the surrounding neighborhood.

For more information, read Neighborhood Investments & The Common Good.

Year-Round Aquatics

Kirkland Lake in northeastern Ontario has transformed into a charming town with something to see and do for everyone. Recently, the town added multifunctional indoor pools and aquatic spaces.

For more information, read Year-Round Aquatics.

Growing the Game

Golf courses, when well managed and marketed, can beat the odds and provide a great amenity to the communities they serve. From bringing in the youngest players to enticing new players, here's how to grow the game.

For more information, read Growing the Game.

Your Turf Team

When deciding which company is best suited for a synthetic turf field project, many face the choice of working through a general contractor who hires subcontractors, or working directly with a field builder who handles the entire job.

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Don't Miss These Upcoming Events!

ACSM 2019 Annual Meeting, May 28 to June 1 in Orlando, Fla. (
2019 Ice Sports Industry Conference & Trade Show, June 4 to 7 in Chicago (
2019 North American Coach Development Summit, June 17 to 19 in Colorado Springs (
2019 IDEA World Convention, June 26 to 30 in Anaheim, Calif. (
The IHRSA Institute, Aug. 6 to 9 in Chapel Hill, N.C. (

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