Take Back Your Health as Health Clubs Open Their Doors to the Public in May

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) and member health clubs across the nation announced today the upcoming start of the 7th annual Get Active America!, IHRSA’s national health promotion program. From May 3-9, participating IHRSA-member health clubs will open their doors to the public to encourage and inspire Americans to take control of their health by becoming more physically active. Find a participating health club near you.

Get Active America! is part of an ongoing effort by the health club industry to change the direction of the nation’s health by making exercise more accessible to millions of Americans and by helping them take the first step toward healthier lifestyles.

“As obesity levels associated with chronic diseases increasingly burden our health care system and interfere with our quality of life, one thing is clear: Americans urgently need to take control of their health,” said Joe Moore, IHRSA president and CEO. “This year’s program theme, ‘Take Back Your Health,’ is a reminder to all Americans that they have more control over their health than they realize. Better health management begins with a commitment to daily exercise, and Get Active America! is the jumpstart people need to get on track.”

Now its seventh year, Get Active America! takes place every May, during National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, which is coordinated by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. The purpose is to challenge Americans to get moving for better health and to get more active and fit during the Month of May.

“May is an ideal time and Get Active America! is a great program for helping people maintain the momentum of their New Year’s fitness goals,” said Moore. “As warm weather approaches, people become more aware of their physical appearance. We want to remind people that exercise is more than just a way to look better. It is also an effective way to feel better and live better. Get Active America! provides the kind of support people need to both achieve their fitness goals and maintain them year-round.”

As part of Get Active America!, many clubs will be educating their local communities about disease prevention and healthy living through exercise. And clubs will be offering programs to benefit the wide array of people in their communities, all with diverse health and fitness goals. Clubs will also be encouraging their members to sign up for the Woman Challenge, organized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. This eight-week physical fitness challenge encourages women to get at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each week. It’s part of National Women’s Health Week, which runs from May 9-15, 2010. Participants will be able to track their steps online at: http://www.womenshealth.gov/woman.

Important Information

May 3-6, 2010: Bring a Friend

Participating health clubs nationwide invite current members of their clubs to bring in their friends, family members, neighbors and co-workers so they, too, can experience the health and quality-of-life benefits of exercise!

May 7-9, 2010: Open House

Health clubs nationwide open their doors to their communities free of charge to help Americans learn how they can live more physically active and healthier lives.

Find a Club

To join Get Active America!, find a participating health club near you, at http://www.healthclubs.com/active.

About IHRSA

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) a not-for-profit trade association representing health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs, and suppliers worldwide. The association’s membership includes over 9,000 clubs in 75 countries, along with over 650 industry suppliers. IHRSA is committed to taking a leadership role in advancing physical activity, which is critical to America’s health and the battle against obesity and disease. IHRSA supports effective national initiatives to promote more active lifestyles for all Americans and is working to pass laws that will help affect societal changes toward a more fit America.

CMS Behavioral Health Director to Present at Correctional Mental Health Conferences

Mark C. Fleming, PhD., Director of Behavioral Health Services–Correctional Medical Services, Inc. (CMS), will present at both the Mental Health in Corrections Conference (MHCC) in Chicago and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) Updates in Correctional Health Care conference in Phoenix. CMS is the nation’s leading provider of correctional healthcare services.

At the MHCC 2011 Conference, Fleming will conduct a workshop entitled “Behavioral Health Challenges and Solutions for Prisoner Reentry.” The presentation will increase participants’ abilities to comprehend and identify the prevalence of offenders discharged with severe mental illness, such as psychosis and Bipolar Disorder, as well as the co-morbidity of serious mental disorders with drug addiction. In addition, Fleming will explore barriers to successful renentry and best practice approaches for effective monitoring and follow up.

“Successful reentry into society for inmates with mental illnesses is fraught with challenges,” said Dr. Mark Fleming, PhD. “My presentation will enable correctional professional to better understand severe mental illness among inmates, to recognize barriers to reentry and to employ methods for establishing links in the community for successful follow up.”

Fleming will also present at the NCCHC Updates in Correctional Health Care conference in Phoenix. The presentation is entitled, “Infusing Multi-Cultural Awareness into Correctional Mental Health.” The workshop is designed to help correctional mental health staff integrate cultural markers such as race, gender identity and sexual identity into successful strategies for better delivery of mental health services.

“My presentation at the NCCHC Updates conference will help clinicians better understand how cultural context affects their patients as well as themselves,” noted Fleming. “The workshop will show clinicians how to begin the process of creating a multi-culturally aware mental health program.”

The MHCC 2011 Conference takes place April 19-20 in Chicago, Ill. The NCCHC Updates conference occurs May 21-24 in Phoenix, Ariz.

About Correctional Medical Services, Inc. (CMS)

Correctional Medical Services, Inc. (CMS), a national leader in correctional healthcare services, provides comprehensive, accountable, cost-effective services to correctional systems. CMS delivers a full suite of medical, denatl, pharmacy and mental health services to nearly 280,000 incarcerated individuals in 19 states. Learn more at cmsstl.com.

Mental Health Parity House Bill Passage Applauded by National Council

Mental Health Parity House Bill Passage Applauded by National Council











Washington DC (PRWEB) March 13, 2008

The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (National Council) commends the U.S. House of Representatives for passing HR 1424, the Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act.

“The House passage of parity marks a historic day in the lives of millions of individuals and families across the country affected by mental and addiction disorders” said Linda Rosenberg, president and CEO of the National Council. “It is time to recognize that these illnesses must be treated on par with other health conditions.”

HR 1424 takes the necessary first step towards ending discriminatory health insurance policies that deny or restrict access to treatment for people who are suffering from mental illnesses and addiction disorders. If it becomes law, the bill will require health insurers to offer mental health benefits equal in cost and scope to medical and surgical benefits. It will prevent insurers from requiring larger co-payments or imposing lower reimbursement ceilings for mental health and addiction conditions.

Rosenberg added, “The National Council promotes a provider-focused public policy and legislative agenda that urges government leaders to improve and strengthen mental health and addictions treatment by acting to promote access to high-quality, cost-effective community-based treatment and supports while assuring adequate resources to meet mental health and addictions treatment needs through necessary increases in Medicaid and Medicare, SCHIP, and federal appropriations and grants.”

The bill passed by a vote of 268-148. This is the first time the parity bill has made it through the House, although the Senate has passed various versions for a decade now. The National Council looks forward to working with Congress towards final passage and enactment of this landmark bill into law.

To speak to national policy experts on the impact of parity, contact Meena Dayak at 301.984.6200, ext. 228 or MeenaD @ thenationalcouncil.org.

About The National Council

The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) association of 1,400 behavioral healthcare organizations that provide treatment and rehabilitation for mental illnesses and addictions disorders to nearly six million adults, children and families in communities across the country. The National Council and its members bear testimony to the fact that medical, social, psychological and rehabilitation services offered in community settings help people with mental illnesses and addiction disorders recover and lead productive lives.

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PACE Fitness Adds Nutrition Program to Offer Health Clubs and Members a Total Wellness Package in Time for New Years

PACE Fitness Adds Nutrition Program to Offer Health Clubs and Members a Total Wellness Package in Time for New Years










Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (PRWEB) December 23, 2010

PACE Fitness has been marketing its hydraulic circuit training equipment to women’s fitness centers and coed health clubs for over 20 years. PACE has now joined with the Medical/Weight Management Industry’s leader in the development of weight management products to offer an extensive line of meal replacements and protein supplements which have been scientifically designed to meet the nutritional needs of the Low Calorie dieter just in time for New Year’s Resolution memberships.

PACE President Rande LaDue states, “We have always suggested our health club customers offer some type of nutrition program to their members, but up until this point, we have never offered anything. We are happy to introduce our comprehensive program to help facilitate faster results for members and increased profits for the clubs. Exercise alone is only half of the wellness equation; now our health customers can offer a complete package.”

“January is typically the busiest month of the year for health clubs; however, it is even busier for weight loss centers because of the intimidation factor. Overweight people typically are too intimidated to join conventional health clubs. Our non-intimidating hydraulic equipment has helped many clubs overcome this hurdle; however, without a nutrition program, clubs are not offering what these people want and need as well as missing out on a great deal of profit.”

“Simplicity has always been a key factor to the success of our hydraulic circuit program. The same holds true with our new nutrition program. Our turn-key start up package for clubs includes staff training, marketing and program manuals as well as a start up supply of products for immediate sales.”

PACE Nutrition products will be available direct to the consumer through its website pacefitnessandnutrition.com for those areas without a PACE club nearby.

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Colarossi Spa & Health Club Consulting & Management Announces Appointment of Linda T. Gottlieb

Colarossi Spa & Health Club Consulting & Management Announces Appointment of Linda T. Gottlieb










Stamford, CT (PRWEB) March 25, 2005

Colarossi Spa & Health Club Consulting & Management is pleased to announce that Linda T. Gottlieb has joined the company in the position of Project Manager.

As an industry professional for 20 years, Linda has experience in all facets of management including developing high performing teams and creating new revenue streams. A six sigma certified green belt, Ms. Gottlieb has lead process improvement projects in Fortune 500 through entrepreneurial organizations.

Linda is a long standing American Counsel on Exercise certified personal trainer. She holds a BS degree in Psychology from Sacred Heart University and a graduate degree in Instructional Design from Fairfield University. Linda has been invited to speak at national industry conferences, along with authoring several articles on the subject of fitness, training and customer relationships.

Linda’s role Colarossi Spa & Health Club Consulting & Management is to develop, oversee and maintain the project management function associated with the coordinated activities of diverse projects. A self proclaimed ‘customer service zealot’, Linda oversees all facets of the project’s lifecycle including coordination of industry research, trend analysis and compilation of relevant vendor proposals and budgets. She is also responsible for developing standard operating procedures necessary for the tracking, planning and execution of projects and other client deliverables.

Internationally renowned health club, fitness and spa innovator Glenn Colarossi, chief executive of Colarossi Spa & Health Club Consulting & Management, stated, “This is an exciting period in our growth. We are pleased to welcome Linda to our team and are very confident that her background and credentials will bring us to a new level in the industry. We look forward to a wonderful relationship and a very productive future.”

Colarossi Spa & Health Club Consulting & Management – http://www.healthclubandspa.com or call (203) 357-7555

About Colarossi Spa & Health Club Consulting & Management

Colarossi Spa & Health Club Consulting & Management offers complete development, design, management and investment consulting services that bridge the gap between the fitness & spa industry and various others – from hospitality, corporate, commercial and residential. Our travels throughout the U.S. and the world have given us invaluable broad market knowledge, which we use to design, equip, staff, and manage successful health clubs and spas.

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