March 2020

3 Million More Americans Got Active in 2019, Says SFIA

In 2019, 3 million more Americans took part in some sport or fitness activity, after years of stagnant rates, according to the recent Topline Participation Report from the Sports & Fitness Industry Association. According to the report, outdoor activities, fitness and team sports showed the largest growth percentages.

TPL Awards 10-Minute Walk Grants

Recently, TPL announced $375,000 in funding that will go to eight nonprofits in different cities as part of the 10 Minute Walk campaign. This second round of funding supports grassroots efforts in cities that are working to ensure that all their residents have access to parks or other green space. So far, the program has awarded more than $2.1 million to nonprofits and city leaders in nearly 50 cities. In all, the campaign has gained support from almost 300 mayors, as well as dozens of nonprofits working in their communities to advance this goal.

Revised VGBA Drain Cover Standard Approved

The Pool and Hot Tub Alliance has announced that a revised ANSI/APSP/ICC-16 2017 ”American National Standard for Suction Outlet Fitting Assemblies (SOFA) for Use in Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs” was approved by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Originally published in the Federal Register (Vol. 84, No. 101) on May 24, 2019, the updated standards will go into effect on November 24, 2020.

NAYS Offers Free Training on Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Last summer, the state of California enacted a law named ”Youth Athletics: Concussion and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Protocols.” The law includes a mandatory education program for coaches to learn how to deal with sudden cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest is the No. 1 killer of student athletes, and the National Association of Youth Sports (NAYS) is offering a free 15-minute online class called “Sudden Cardiac Arrest Training” that addresses all of the law’s required topics.

New CDC Initiative Aims to Boost Activity for Americans

It’s no secret that increased physical activity can improve health and quality of life while reducing health care costs. These improvements can help reduce the risk of at least 20 chronic diseases and conditions, including colon and breast cancer, stroke and high blood pressure. They can reduce depression and prevent weight gain. And yet, the CDC points out that only one in four adults and one in five high school students fully meet physical activity guidelines for aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities. And about 31 million adults aged 50 years or older are inactive, meaning they get no physical activity beyond that of daily living.