Written by Alexandra Black MPH, RD, LDN, Health Promotion Manager, IHRSA 

There is a saying that goes something like “if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing itself stupid.” It resonates with so many because we know every person has different talents, experiences, preferences, and abilities, and not all can be judged by the same measure.…

Written by Alexandra Black MPH, RD, LDN, Health Promotion Manager, IHRSA 

The title question was addressed during IHRSA’s first twitter chat last week. During the chat, we discussed some of the barriers that keep people from making exercise a regular habit, some of the things society is doing right –and wrong – to help create a more active culture, and how health clubs specifically could help make their communities more active.…

Written by Dr. David Geier, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine 

Obesity rates among kids are at their highest level in years. Children and adolescents spend far too much time every day in front of screens. It could be televisions, computers, phones, video games or other electronic devices. These activities take up valuable time that kids could use to get outside and be physically active.…

Get Moving in May for National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

As we wrap up National Physical Education & Sport Week, we invite you to check out the exciting ways Let’s Move! and the President’s Council on Fitness Sports and Nutrition are helping get kids moving! Visit the HHS blog for more details and don’t forget to Move In May!…

Around this time of year, you probably plan to – or know someone who plans to – make a healthy resolution for the New Year.  For clients, colleagues, friends, or family looking to get more physically active, here are some shareable tips from healthfinder.gov.

5 easy ways to move more during the day:

Make TV time active.

Post by NPAP

Since its launch nearly four years ago, the National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) has acted as a roadmap to policy makers and advocates to create a more physically active nation. The NPAP is a document comprised of 240+ evidence-based recommendations for change in the policies and systems that guide the environments in which we live, work, learn, play, and commute.…

Post by IHRSA

Last month, we noted in this space that only 1 in 5 Americans self-reported enough physical activity to meet the Physical Activity Guidelines. And given the optimistic leanings of most self-reporting, we might assume the number is much lower. Even our kids, who seem born wired to run and play, are predominantly sedentary.…

Blog post by NCHPAD

February should be a time for implementation of your New Year’s focused goals and strategies, but are these tactics reaching out to the often most untapped market in the fitness industry— people with disabilities?

 Pictured above: JoAnne Fluke, Zumba® Instructor

Over 54 million Americans have a disability or activity limitation. …

Posted by IHRSA

The 80/20 rule has become a shorthand way of describing a system where 80% of the output is created by 20% of the inputs/participants. It’s a phenomenon witnessed by economists and social scientists across several sectors of society. In business, for example, 80% of a company’s negative feedback may come from just 20% of its customers; 80% of sales may come from 20% of the sales staff; and on volunteer boards of directors, 80% of the work may come from 20% of the volunteers.…

Blog submitted by IHRSA

In a recent essay titled, “The Tribe Or The Person,” famed marketing guru, Seth Godin, asks, “are you trying to change an individual or are you trying to incite/inspire/redirect the tribe?”

The question is critical for any change agent, according to Godin, and the two answers should lead to very different approaches.…