IHRSA Issues Statement on National Strategy and Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health

IHRSA CEO commends this first step and vows to continue the conversation about the critical role the fitness industry can play in improving Americans’ physical and mental health.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—September 27, 2022—Tomorrow, the Biden-Harris Administration will host the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, and this week the Administration released a National Strategy with actions the federal government will take to drive solutions to these challenges. Liz Clark, IHRSA president & CEO, released the following statement today in reaction to both the conference and national strategy:

“As a life-long athlete and believer in the power of physical activity, I am glad to see that the Biden-Harris Administration is starting a national conversation on hunger, nutrition, and health that includes a focus on the importance of physical activity. Being physically active is one of the most important lifestyle behaviors we
can engage in to maintain physical and mental health, and too many Americans find it difficult to include physical activity in their daily life.

“As leaders from across the country stand up today to ‘end hunger and increase healthy eating and physical activity by 2030,’ our industry continues our commitment to making the world a healthier place through advocacy and access to fitness for everyone. It is well established that exercise is its own form of medicine, and along with nutrition and other priorities, must be part of any conversation that seeks to make meaningful changes. We commend this first step and look forward to continuing the conversation with the administration, impactful stakeholders, and members of both parties in Congress about the critical role the fitness industry can play in improving Americans’ physical and mental health.”


IHRSA, the Global Health & Fitness Association, is a not-for-profit trade association representing the global fitness industry of over 200,000 health and fitness facilities and their suppliers. Founded in 1981, IHRSA maintains a leadership role in advancing physical activity, which is critical for peak health and to fight the battle against obesity and chronic lifestyle diseases.

As the world's leading authority on the commercial health and fitness club industry, IHRSA’s mission is to grow, promote, and protect the health and fitness industry, while providing its members with benefits and resources. IHRSA is the publisher of Club Business International, the leading monthly magazine for the global fitness industry. IHRSA's International Convention & Trade Show will be hosted from March 20-22, 2023, in San Diego, CA.

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