Government en Federal Hiring Freeze Forces Fort Bragg to Close 3 Gyms Due to Staff Shortages <div class="node-body article-body">In a March 9 Facebook post, Fort Bragg representatives confirmed its Blackjack, Hosking and Funk gyms would close indefinitely, due to the federal government hiring freeze implemented by President Trump. Staff regularly assigned to the closed gyms will be temporarily reassigned to fill vacancies at other facilities.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:32:00 +0000 62661 at <p>Since President Trump&#39;s 90-day federal hiring freeze went into effect on Jan. 23, Fort Bragg facilities have been affected by a &quot;natural attrition of employees,&quot; a Fort Bragg garrison commander told local media. (Photo by Thinkstock.)</p> PHIT Act Re-introduced to Congress, Would Cut Taxes on Fitness Purchases <div class="node-body article-body">If passed, the PHIT Act would allow consumers to use pre-tax medical accounts to mitigate fitness-related expenses such as health club memberships and equipment purchases. The act currently has nine sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives and and three sponsors in the U.S. Senate. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:27:00 +0000 62641 at <p>Supporters liken the PHIT Act&#39;s physical activity-related financial incentives to those used to encourage home ownership, retirement savings and college education. (Photo by Thinkstock.)</p> Property Briefs: Life Time Rebuilds in California; 24 Hour Anchors Florida Development; BWI Gets Gym <div class="node-body article-body">24 Hour Fitness and Life Time Fitness establish new clubs in Winter Park, Florida, and San Clemente, California, respectively. ROAM Fitness opens its first gym inside the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commercial Clubs Medical Government Wed, 08 Feb 2017 15:16:00 +0000 61531 at <p>ROAM Fitness opened in late January at the BWI Airport in Baltimore. It&#39;s the first of several gyms the company plans to open in airports. (Photo courtesy ROAM Fitness.)</p> Army Emphasizes Strength, Aerobics in New Physical Assessment Test <div class="node-body article-body">The Occupational Physical Assessment Test (OPAT) will place a greater emphasis on U.S. Army applicants' physical strength and aerobic ability through a series of monitored exercises. The test also encourages physical fitness prior to the recruitment and training processes, an Army spokesperson said.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:07:00 +0000 60781 at <p>Recruits may request to retake the&nbsp;<span data-scayt-lang="en_US" data-scayt-word="OPAT">Occupational Physical Assessment Test (OPAT)</span>&nbsp;if they fail.&nbsp;Multiple&nbsp;unsuccessful attempts may result in a military occupational specialty (MOS)&nbsp;<span data-scayt-lang="en_US" data-scayt-word="renegotiation">renegotiation</span>&nbsp;and a subsequent difficulty downgrade in the test. (Photo by Thinkstock.)</p> Mother of Deceased Medical Student Sues Des Plaines Park District for Wrongful Death <div class="node-body article-body">Anisoara Frunza is seeking a trial by jury and $50,000 for medical and burial expenses against the Des Plaines Park District after her daughter collapsed and later died in 2015 while working out at the Prairie Lakes Community Center.. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Wed, 11 Jan 2017 02:06:00 +0000 60591 at <p>The lawsuit alleges an automated external defibrillator (AED) was available at the time of Alexandra Frunza&#39;s collapse but never used. (Photo by Thinkstock.)</p> Financial Irregularities Uncovered at LeRoy Replex <div class="node-body article-body">An independent firm will conduct a forensic audit of the LeRoy Replex’s financials after LeRoy Park District Board members said they believe a “significant amount of funds” may have been embezzled from the park district.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Tue, 13 Dec 2016 23:38:00 +0000 59941 at <p><span style="font-size: 12.8px;">An investigation by the&nbsp;McLean County Sheriff&#39;s Department&nbsp;will &ldquo;determine whether more than one individual may have been involved.&quot;&nbsp;</span>(Photo by Thinkstock.)</p> PHIT America: U.S. National Security at Risk Due to Potential Unfit Recruits <div class="node-body article-body">The fact that at least 70 percent of 17-24 year olds in 45 states are not fit to serve in the military, partly due to being out of shape, could cause a potential problem for any plans by President-elect Donald Trump to expand the U.S. military, according to PHIT America. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Wed, 07 Dec 2016 02:23:00 +0000 59831 at <p>PHIT America puts part of the blame for the high obesity rate among U.S. teens on the lack of physical education in schools. (Photo by Thinkstock.)</p> New Indianapolis YMCA to Offer Dedicated Veteran Services <div class="node-body article-body">The planned Pike OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA will dedicate a 5,000-square-foot space to specialty veteran services, such as physical therapy and job placement classes.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Medical Government Nonprofits Tue, 22 Nov 2016 22:08:00 +0000 59531 at <p>The area surrounding the planned YMCA facility is home to about 120,000 veterans, according to the Indy Star.</p> Marines Change Fitness Tests, Body Composition Program <div class="node-body article-body">The U.S. Marine Corps is making some of the biggest changes to its physical fitness test in 44 years, including adjusting scoring tables and allowing for distinction between Marines of different fitness levels and age groups. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Tue, 05 Jul 2016 21:11:00 +0000 56071 at <p>These Marine recruits at Parris Island, South Carolina, who just completed a physical fitness test will see changes to the test starting in January 2017. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)</p> Property Briefs: Life Time Athletic Opens in NYC, Equinox Plans Spot By Katz's Deli, 'American Ninja Warrior'-Style Gym Opens <div class="node-body article-body">A look at recent notable openings, real estate transactions and renovations in the health club industry.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commercial Clubs Government Wellness Nonprofits Fri, 03 Jun 2016 16:13:00 +0000 54711 at <p>Life Time Athletic at Sky opened this week in New York City. (Photo by <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Life Time Fitness on Instagram</a></strong>.)</p>