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ACE Urges Congress to Pass COVID-19 Youth Sports & Health Working Families Relief Act

The American Council on Exercise (ACE) urges Congress to pass the COVID-19 Youth Sports and Healthy Working Families Relief Act (H.R. 7562), which incorporates the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act. ACE has long advocated for the passage of the PHIT Act, which would provide a 10% to 37% discount on expenses directly related to active lifestyles, including youth sports, health club dues, at-home fitness and personal training services, through pre-tax medica accounts like HSA and FSA.

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NRPA Awards Funds to Expand Access to Health Foods Through Local Parks & Rec

The National Recreation and Park Association will distribute $2.5 million in grant money from The Walmart Foundation to 15 local park and recreation agencies that will provide field work to implement community nutrition hubs to help expand access to healthy foods and nutrition through the power of parks and recreation.

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IHRSA Reveals Innovation Summit Schedule & Speakers

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) has released a schedule of events along with the full list of speakers for the IHRSA Innovation Summit.

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President Signs 'Great American Outdoors Act,' a Historic Win for Parks

President Trump signed the "Great American Outdoors Act" into law, providing $900 million in permanent and dedicated annual funding for the Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and funding to address the backlog of maintenance projects in our national parks and public lands.

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American Camp Association Offers Context on CDC Study, Implications for Back-to-School

A CDC study of a single summer camp's COVID-19 infections tells an incomplete story, says the American Camp Association.

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Farmers Market Week Celebrates Resilience, Safety of Farmers Markets

The Farmers Market Coalition, a national organization committed to strengthening farmers markets, announced the launch of its nationwide campaign for the 21st annual National Farmers Market Week.

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Fitness Amenities Popular Among Industry Report Respondents

Fitness Amenities Popular Among Industry Report Respondents

Nearly half of respondents to Recreation Management's State of the Industry Report in 2020 said they currently have fitness centers. Some 48.4% said they currently have a fitness center. Slightly fewer—45.2%—said they currently have exercise studio rooms. Nearly one-quarter (23.9%) said they currently include fitness trails or outdoor fitness areas among their offerings.

Looking forward, respondents were more likely to be planning to add outdoor fitness than other types of fitness amenities. Some 14.7% of those who had plans to add features at their facilities said they would be adding outdoor fitness equipment or fitness trails. Some 11% were planning to add fitness centers, and 8.8% were planning to add exercise studios.

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The Growing Importance of Virtual Programming

The COVID-19 pandemic has moved much of the world online, and people of all generations are coming to embrace virtual engagement opportunities. Find out how to use virtual programming to boost your revenue potential with minimal overhead.

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R&R for Football Players

At the new Smith Football Center, designed for hard-working football players at the University of Illinois, a rooftop area provides a place for recreation, with mini golf and more.

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A Look at Trends in Health, Fitness & Sports Clubs

From neighborhood fitness clubs to medical fitness facilities, there's a lot of ways for people to focus on their wellness. Here's an overview of the trends in health, fitness and sports clubs.

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Make It Safer: How Innovative Turf Can Enhance Athlete Safety

When the safety of your athletes is a top concern, it's crucial to understand how the field beneath their feet can have an impact. Learn more about how innovations in synthetic turf can contribute to safety.

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