The "Insider Speaks"
An Important Message for The Industry
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Last month, my article focused on the COVID-19 pandemic and the effect that it is having on our industry. We have all struggled with being isolated at home, and our clubs were closed for almost three months. Many have been struggling to keep their businesses going, and the financial and emotional stress has certainly taken a toll on everyone. But, this month, I am moved to focus my article on something that we all should feel strongly about as an industry: Diversity and Equality.
This is a message that I think should be supported by all who belong to our great industry:
All of us in the health club industry are saddened by the tragic event in Minneapolis and the civil unrest occurring around the country. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire African American community, and we want to reaffirm the fact that we, as an industry, stand against all forms of injustice and discrimination.
For too long, inequality has existed for many people of color, gender, religious beliefs and the poor. Our clubs are proud of our culture and values, and we openly embrace diversity and equality. We believe that everyone has a right to prosper and flourish.
How we as an industry act during these times will reveal our character and the kind of organizations we operate. We want our members and staff to know that we are committed to doing our part to end human inequalities and to create a better and healthier future.
Many of us, our staff and members, fought for human rights and against racial injustice in the 1960s, and it is time to bring this fight to an end.
Our industry is proud to be inclusive, and our clubs want our members to feel welcome and safe for all people. We will always strive to make the communities that we service ones of kindness and understanding.
Let's get back to work and continue to promote Exercise is Medicine for all.