February 2022

YMCA, Boys & Girls Clubs Launch Project to Support Youth Mental Health

YMCA of the USA and Boys & Girls Clubs of America are partnering to benefit the mental health and emotional well-being of young people and the staff who serve them. Using $375,000 in funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health Schools, the project will explore ways to strengthen trauma-informed approaches in out-of-school-time (OST) environments.

Americans' Inactivity Rate Declining, Says SFIA Report

Americans got a move on in 2021, says the Sports and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA). As the world slowly began to reopen last year, Americans got back on the move, according to the association's Topline Participation Report, which tracks participation rates of Americans 6 and older, across 120 different sport, fitness and outdoor activities. The report includes a section dedicated to the impact of COVID-19 on participation rates.

New Senate Bill Would Bolster Recreation in Rural Communities

Leading outdoor recreation organizations are supporting the newly introduced Rural Outdoor Investment (ROI) Act. The bill, introduced by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), would provide much-needed capital for rural communities seeking to build and plan for recreation economies.

Fitness Facilities Continue to Struggle With COVID Closures

New Industry data shows yet another increase in the number of health clubs, gyms and studios that have closed since this time last year, according to IHRSA, the Global Health & Fitness Association. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, 25% of all fitness facilities have closed across the country, and 30% of studios closed as of Jan. 1, 2022, an increase of 11% since Jan. 1, 2021.