Maryland Gets Fit With Statewide Program

To improve fitness and fight obesity Maryland residents will be strapping on pedometers this spring.

TRICARE Salutes Health Heroes

TAMPA, FL and BREMERTON, WA—TRICARE, the Department of Defense health care program for active duty and retired members of the uniformed services, their families and survivors, saluted MacDill Air Force Base Health and Wellness Center (HAWC) and Naval Hospital Bremerton’s Health Promotions Teams (NHB) as “Heroes of TRICARE” for their commitment to promoting healthy choices.

Report: Healthier Lifestyle Could Prevent Half of Cancer Deaths

ATLANTA—If Americans stopped smoking, ate healthier, worked out more and made better use of available screening tests, half of cancer deaths could be prevented, according to a report released by the American Cancer Society (ACS) in late March.

Regular Exercise May Protect Seniors

COLUMBUS, Ohio–Researchers have more physical evidence to show why it's important for older people to exercise, according to recent research published in the Journal of Applied Physiology.

Title IX Protection Expanded in a 5-4 Decision

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Title IX just got a few more teeth. Earlier this week the Supreme Court strengthened enforcement of Title IX by ruling that teachers and coaches may sue schools for giving girls second-rate treatment without fear of punishment.

Fitness Center Waives Fee for Some Volunteers and City Workers

WEST SALEM, WI—The West Salem School Board in Wisconsin passed a motion to waive the $150 West Salem Community Fitness Center annual fee for all individuals who work or volunteer for area firefighters, first responders, police officers and active duty military personnel.

New Class Teaches Undergrads Hazards of Physical Inactivity

COLUMBIA, MO— The first class of its kind in the country to be offered in the college classroom, the University of Missouri-Columbia will educate non-science major undergraduate students about the hazards of physical inactivity and its implications for public policy.

Slim and Tone Offers Core 4 Program

YARDLEY, PA-- Slim and Tone, a franchise of express workout clubs for women, has launched Core 4, a new training program. The program is designed to provide a more comprehensive workout to women without sacrificing the simplicity of the 30-minute time commitment.

IHRSA Revises Accreditation Recommendation

BOSTON—In March, the board of directors for the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) approved a revised resolution on third-party accreditation of personal training certification programs. The revisions occur in two areas: the effective implementation date and the approved accrediting agencies.

Summer Sale Possible for Bally Assets

CHICAGO—Bally Total Fitness will decide this summer which of its assets to sell, Paul Toback, chairman and CEO of Bally, said in a conference call last week with investors and analysts.

Veterans More Overweight Than Most Americans

Veterans More Overweight Than Most Americans Apr 19, 2005 2:22 PM CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – According to a new study that looked at 136 Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities in 2000, the percentage of obese veterans is larger than that of the general population.

WHIP Act Introduced

WASHINGTON, D.C.--This week, members of Congress introduced a bill in both the House and the Senate that could allow favorable tax treatment of health club memberships as an employee benefit.

ACE Introduces Free Youth Fitness Curriculum for Educators

SAN DIEGO, CA -- The American Council on Exercise (ACE) will offer Operation FitKids™ Youth Fitness Curriculum, a new educational tool that can be integrated into the classroom at no cost to educators.

College Gives Students Free Fitness Center Membership

BOSTON, MA -- The Department of Athletics, Recreation and Fitness announced that beginning with the summer 2005 academic sessions and extending through the 2005-2006 school year, membership in the Emerson College Fitness Center (ECFC) will be offered free of charge to all undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students.

"Wait" Training

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- Although many of your members are time pressed, a new study shows that when it comes to lifting, results might just be worth the wait.

Older Americans Are Changing Fitness Landscape

HARTSDALE, NY -- An older population has moved into health clubs and that is affecting equipment and program popularity, according to the 18th annual Superstudy(R) of Sports Participation.

USDA Unveils New Food Guide Pyramid

It’s extreme makeover – food pyramid style. Announced in late April, MyPyramid is the new symbol and interactive food guidance system for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and replaces the Food Guide Pyramid that was introduced back in 1992.