November 2018

Outdoor Recreation Adds Billions to U.S. Economy

In our era of constantly evolving technology and smart devices, it’s nice to know that the outdoor recreation industry is growing too, as more people are heading outside for leisure and adventure. A recent report by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) on the outputs from outdoor recreation shows that outdoor recreation now accounts for 2.2 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP). The report states that more than $734 billion is contributed by outdoor recreation to the total U.S. gross output.

Nearly $1 Million in Pool Grants Awarded

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently awarded five Pool Safely grants to help combat pool and spa drowning and drain entrapments. The CPSC chose five state and local governments to receive almost $1 million in Pool Safely Grant Program (PSGP) funds, which will provide recipients with assistance for enforcement, training and education of pool safety requirements that are intended to save lives and prevent serious injuries.

Report: One in Four Americans Use a Health Club

"U.S. health club membership reached an all-time high in 2017, attracting 60.9 million members, an increase of 6.3 percent from 2016,” said Jay Ablondi, IHRSA’s executive vice president of global products. “Another 9.1 million non-members exercised at clubs. In all, nearly one in four Americans use a health club to pursue fitness and wellness goals."

New Active Transportation Program Aims to Boost Health & Environment

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and ecoAmerica have joined forces on a new active transportation program to help support the health of Americans and the climate. The partnership will combine ACSM’s vision to promote active transportation and related health co-benefits with ecoAmerica’s Climate for Health program.