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The “ACT for ALS” BIll Has Passed and Been Signed Into Law By President Biden – Here’s What’s in the Bill
Posted: December 28, 2021 in Other News

ALS TDICAMBRIDGE, MA - On December 23rd, 2021, President Biden officially signed the Accelerating Access to Critical Therapies for ALS Act (more commonly known as ACT for ALS) Bill into law. But, now, what will actually happen? Much of the discussion around the bill has centered around expanding early access to experimental treatments for people with ALS, but thas is only part of what the bill does... Read More...

Fitness Industry Council of Canada Thrilled as Government Supports Fitness Facilities
Posted: November 29, 2021 in Other News

FICCANADA - With the Federal Government’s announcement of Bill C-2, an Act to provide further support in response to COVID-19, the fitness industry can breathe a sigh of relief. Now, fitness businesses are able to apply for financial support to rebound and rebuild as a part of the program supporting hospitality and tourism. Fitness Industry Council of Canada (FIC) persistently lobbied the Federal Government to be recognized as a hard-hit industry. The announcement, to have the fitness industry included in a program for further support, is more evidence that the relationship between the fitness industry and the government is strong. Read More...

50+ Year Industry Veteran, Chuck Leve, Passes Away
Posted: November 23, 2021 in IHRSA, Other News

Chuck LeveFBA - MINNEAPOLIS, MN - It's with great sorrow we inform you that on Thursday, November 11th at 1:11 am Chuck Leve, devoted husband, father, papa, and fitness industry veteran passed away in his home surrounded by his family. Chuck's contributions to the fitness industry span over 50 years. As Executive Director of NCCA, one of IHRSA's predecessors, and over the next 28 years Chuck helped usher in a new era in the fitness industry. His many accomplishments include... Read More...

2021 ALS TDI Summit Presents Potential Treatments and Innovative New Technology
Posted: November 17, 2021 in Other News

ALS TDIWATERTOWN, MA - Every year, the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) hosts the ALS TDI Summit as a way to update its community on the state of ALS research and drug discovery at ALS TDI. The Summit program included updates about drug discovery research programs in various stages of development at ALS TDI, as well as an extensive update on Project Euphonia, an initiative from Google to develop communication tools for people with conditions that affect their speech like ALS that was launched in collaboration with ALS TDI. ALS TDI also paid tribute to outstanding members of the ALS community with the annual Leadership Awards. Read More...

SCW Midwest MANIA 2021 Returns with All Smiles
Posted: November 3, 2021 in Other News

SCWDEERFIELD, IL - The atmosphere was emotional at the recent return of the SCW Midwest MANIA Fitness Convention. This first in-person convention for SCW Fitness Education since the start of the pandemic over 18 months ago kicked-off without a hitch, bringing about high-fives and smiles (even with a face mask). Over 400 people, including 22 sponsors and almost 40 exhibitors, filled the halls and ballrooms of the Westin O’Hare in Chicago. Read More...

Augie’s Quest and Myzone 2021 MEPS Challenge
Posted: October 24, 2021 in Other News, Suppliers

Augie's QuestDENVER, CO and U.K. - Myzone is again linking up with Augie's Quest for a special 45-day Augie’s Quest Challenge for your club’s staffs that starts on November 1. The Challenge is a fundraiser for Augie’s Quest, and you can easily enter a team of seven staff to compete in this national challenge for a total donation of $349. Read More...

Frequently Asked Questions About the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI)
Posted: October 6, 2021 in Other News

ALS TDICAMBRIDGE, MA - As the drug discovery engine for ALS, it is ALS TDI's mission to keep feeding the clinical pipeline for ALS drugs until there are treatments for every person living with ALS. Here are some frequently asked questions about ALD TDI... Read More...

Phase 2 Trial of ALS TDI-Invented AT-1501 Almost Fully Enrolled
Posted: September 9, 2021 in Other News

ALS TDICAMBRIDGE, MA - A phase 2 trial of AT-1501, a potential ALS treatment invented the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI), is almost fully enrolled according to its current sponsor, Eledon Pharmaceuticals. AT-1501 (antiCD40L) is an antibody therapeutic with comprehensive and promising preclinical data. It blocks specific immune cell activation and protects nerves against the progression of ALS and Alzheimer's disease. It is the first potential ALS treatment to be invented by a nonprofit biotech and advanced into human clinical trials. Read More...

The Tests and Procedures for Diagnosing ALS
Posted: August 20, 2021 in Other News

ALS TDICAMBRIDGE, MA - The journey from the first symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) to a confirmed diagnosis can be long and challenging. There is no one test that can determine whether someone does or does not have ALS. Many different kinds of testing are often required to rule out the various other diseases that can cause similar symptoms, from cancers to autoimmune disorders to other neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis. The diagnosis process can take months, or even years. However, obtaining a conclusive diagnosis of ALS is crucially important for developing a proper plan for care and treatment. It is also often a requirement if one is interested in participating in a Clinical Trial. Read More...

Mike Chaet, the “Club Doc,” Passes Away
Posted: July 28, 2021 in Other News

Mike ChaetIn Norm’s Notes for August 2021, Club Insider reported on the passing of Mike “Club Doc” Chaet. Included were comments from Daron Allen, and we have since received comments from John McCarthy. Read on for both of those comments. We wish Mike’s widow, Mary, all the best as she works through this tough time. May Mike Chaet Rest In Peace. Read More...

Raising ALS Awareness Around the World on International ALS/MND Day
Posted: June 21, 2021 in Other News

ALS TDICAMBRIDGE, MA - In America, we work to spread awareness of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, for the entire month of May as part National ALS Awareness Month. However, there is also one single day when the entire world comes together to share the story of this devastating disease, as well as the global effort to both find treatments for it and support those living with ALS. Read More...

ALS TDI Launches New Young Faces of ALS Program
Posted: June 2, 2021 in Other News

ALS TDICAMBRIDGE, MA - ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) has announced the launch of the new Young Faces of ALS Program, providing opportunity for more people to connect and get involved in spreading awareness of the impact that ALS can have on younger people and the need for treatments. Read More...

Parkinson’s Foundation and American College of Sports Medicine Announce Exercise Recommendations for Parkinson’s Disease
Posted: May 25, 2021 in Other News, Suppliers

Parkinson's FoundationMIAMI, FL and NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Parkinson's Foundation and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) have announced new exercise recommendations to provide safe and effective guidance on physical activity to people with Parkinson's and to certified exercise professionals working with them. Read More...

Lou Gehrig Day: Celebrating a Legend of Baseball and a Face of ALS
Posted: May 19, 2021 in Other News

ALS TDICAMBRIDGE, MA - Lou Gehrig was a renowned baseball player. He was one of the best hitters of all time, a seven-time all-star with a career batting average of .340 and just shy of 500 home runs. He earned the nickname “The Iron Horse” for his legendary durability, setting a record for most consecutive games played, 2,130, that stood for 56 years. He played his entire major league career, from 1923 to 1939, with the New York Yankees. Still, many people remember Lou Gehrig best for the disease that bears his name: Lou Gehrig’s Disease, also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Motor Neuron Disease. Read More...

California Fitness Alliance Launches Campaign to Encourage Californians to Get Moving for Their Mental Health
Posted: May 10, 2021 in Other News

CFASACRAMENTO, CA - As California slowly reopens and allows people to return to their gyms, studios and health clubs, the members of the California Fitness Alliance (CFA) are launching a campaign to raise awareness about the mental and physical challenges facing many Californians. The month of May is Mental Health Awareness month, so the CFA is working together to elevate the importance exercise and movement have on your mental health. Read More...

Join Augie’s Quest for ALS Awareness Month
Posted: May 4, 2021 in Other News

Augie's QuestMay is ALS Awareness Month. In May alone, 496 people will be diagnosed with ALS and will be challenged to choose how they spend their remaining years. Every day, Augie Nieto chooses to celebrate and focus on what he can do rather than what he can’t. He has shifted from finding fitness solutions to improve lives to finding a cure to save lives, and he’s still keeping busy, working to achieve that goal. Read More...

ICAA Releases a Call to Action to Reclaim Health and Wellbeing for Older People
Posted: April 28, 2021 in Other News

International Council on Active AgingVANCOUVER, B.C. - As the populations of the world emerge from the pandemic year, no one believes that life will return to the way it was before COVID-19 shifted reality. During this transformative time, organizations and agencies can seize the opportunity to move beyond crisis management and develop a new, vibrant model to meet the needs and lifestyles of today’s older adult. Read More...

ALS TDI Board of Directors Appoints Fernando Vieira, M.D. as Chief Executive Officer
Posted: April 14, 2021 in Other News

ALS TDICAMBRIDGE, MA - The ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) Board of Directors has announced that Fernando G. Vieira, M.D., was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ALS TDI during its April 7 meeting. Dr. Vieira has spent 20 years at ALS TDI conducting preclinical, translational and clinical research in ALS. As CEO, he is now stepping into the role held for the last 12 years by Steve Perrin, Ph.D., who will remain at ALS TDI as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. Read More...

Paul Grzymkowski Passes Away at Age 72
Posted: April 13, 2021 in Other News

Paul GrzymkowskiFitness industry veteran and icon, Paul M. Grzymkowski passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on April 1, 2021 in Woodland Hills, California. He is survived by his devoted wife, Joanna Gunst Grzymkowski; brother Peter Grzymkowski; and sisters Margaret Halstead, Christine Grzymkowski and Karen Grzymkowski, as well as aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and his godchildren. Paul and his twin sister Christine were born on March 5, 1949 in Rochester, New York to Mary (Jacula) and Peter Grzymkowski. Read More...

Survey Released to Understand Software Preferences of Fitness Professionals at Clubs, Gyms and Studios
Posted: March 1, 2021 in Other News

SurveyMCLEAN, VA - Allison Flatley, Dr. Ted Vickey and Bonnie Patrick-Mattalian collaborate to create and release the 2021 Club Management System Survey. The survey looks at the purchasing decisions of those within the fitness industry regarding a club management system. The survey is Part I of the academic study. Part II will include roundtables. All respondents have the option of receiving the survey results. Read More...

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