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Pennsylvania Fitness Alliance Issues Statement on Lifting of Prohibition on Indoor Fitness Facilities
Posted: January 5, 2021 in Other News

PA Fitness AllianceNEWTOWN, PA - Governor Tom Wolf (D-PA) has lifted a set of COVID-19 regulations. These regulations included a ban on indoor operations at gyms and fitness facilities. In response, Jim Worthington, on behalf of the Pennsylvania Fitness Alliance, issued the following statement... Read More...

Global Wellness Summit Presents Leadership Award to Lynne and Victor Brick
Posted: January 5, 2021 in Other News

Global Wellness SummitTIMONIUM, MD - Global Wellness Summit (GWS), the foremost gathering of international leaders in the multitrillion-dollar global wellness economy, presented Lynne and Victor Brick with The Debra Simon Award for Leader in Furthering Mental Health Wellness. The Bricks were recognized for creating the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation, Inc., honoring Victor’s brother John, who suffered from schizophrenia and died of complications from the disease. The Foundation’s purpose is to have holistic approaches—such as exercise, nutrition, and mind-body practices—integrated into the mental wellness delivery system. Read More...

Stephen Tharrett Passes Away on Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Posted: December 29, 2020 in Other News

Stephen TharrettWe are extremely SAD to report to you that industry veteran and good friend, STEPHEN THARRETT, passed away on Tuesday, December 22, 2020. Stephen died of complications from a heart attack he suffered on December 20th. MAY STEPHEN THARRETT REST IN PEACE. Stephen Tharrett, was one of the greatest and most dedicated teachers and educators in the history of our industry. Stephen’s vast depth of knowledge and the vast breadth of his contributions to our industry, an industry that he loved so very much, is rivaled by a very tiny few in our industry. Stephen was partners with MARK WILLIAMSON in a company they called CLUBINTEL. Read More...

What Should People Living With ALS Do About the COVID-19 Vaccine?
Posted: December 17, 2020 in Other News

ALS TDICAMBRIDGE, MA - People living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) may be more susceptible to severe cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, including severe and life-threatening complications. This places people living with ALS in the group of those with comorbidities, any simultaneous disease or condition that could possibly make a COVID infection more severe or deadly, who may be among the earlier candidates to receive a vaccine for the virus. As vaccines become more available, many people in the ALS community have begun to ask what they need to know about them, especially whether they are safe for people living with ALS. Read More...

SilverSneakers Pulse Survey: 85% of U.S. Senior Respondents Plan to Take COVID-19 Vaccine
Posted: November 24, 2020 in Other News

SilverSneakersNASHVILLE, TN - Tivity Health® Inc. (Nasdaq: TVTY), a leading provider of health improvement solutions, including SilverSneakers, the nation's leading community fitness program for older adults with 16 million eligible members nationwide, unveiled the results of a nationally representative survey of its SilverSneakers members, with almost 4,000 seniors responding from 49 U.S. states. The SilverSneakers Pulse survey uncovers senior perceptions of a COVID-19 vaccine and their willingness to receive the vaccine once available. Read More...

ALS TDI Honors Community Members with 2020 ALS Leadership Awards
Posted: November 23, 2020 in Other News

ALS TDICAMBRIDGE, MA - 2020 has been a year unlike any other. Facing a global pandemic, economic uncertainty, and the realities of lockdowns, quarantines and social distancing, the ALS community still found many creative ways to stay strong and united, even from afar. The support of this community has been incredibly important to keeping research to end Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) at the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) going, despite the many challenges we’ve all faced this year. Read More...

California Fitness Alliance Responds to Court’s Ruling on Lawsuit
Posted: November 13, 2020 in Other News

CFASACRAMENTO, CA - The California Fitness Alliance (CFA) is disappointed in Friday’s ruling in Los Angeles Superior Court that granted the State of California’s request to temporarily block two properly-noticed depositions, including the deposition of Dr. Sonia Angell, the former State Public Health Officer who allowed indoor fitness establishments to reopen at half capacity in June before shutting them down without evidence on July 13. Indoor fitness establishments, despite implementing strict safety protocols, still have not reopened in many counties across the state and the ones that are open are in jeopardy of closing because of the State’s arbitrary tier system that does not rely on science or data. Read More...

Thousands of Local Gyms Urge Congress to Include Direct Support for Fitness Industry in Any Post-Election Relief Package
Posted: November 9, 2020 in Other News

Community Gyms CoalitionWASHINGTON, D.C. - The Community Gyms Coalition (CGC), a group representing more than 15,000 community gyms in the U.S., has urged Congress to include direct support for the fitness industry in any post-election relief legislation, in order to help gyms survive the financial impact of mandatory closures and operating restrictions from the COVD-19 pandemic. Leaders in the fitness industry rallying behind the relief effort include CrossFit, Mindbody, Orangetheory Fitness, Self Esteem Brands, Xponential Fitness and Zumba Fitness. Read More...

Medical Fitness Association Names Kevin McHugh to Board of Directors
Posted: November 6, 2020 in Other News

Kevin McHughPINEHURST, NC - The Medical Fitness Association (MFA) has announced that Kevin McHugh, COO of The Atlantic Club in New Jersey, a MFA Certified Facility, has been appointed to the MFA Board of Directors. Mr. McHugh will serve a three-year term beginning in January 2021.

“We are honored to have Kevin serve on our Board of Directors,” said Robert D. Boone, FACHE, FMFA, President and CEO of the Medical Fitness Association. “The MFA Board is comprised of a dedicated group of medical fitness professionals. Kevin has been an integral part of the MFA membership for the past eight years." Read More...

Novus Therapeutics Announces Enrollment of First ALS Patient in Phase 2 Trials of AT-1501, A Drug Invented at ALS-TDI
Posted: November 2, 2020 in Other News

ALS TDICAMBRIDGE, MA - The ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) is excited to share a significant step in the advancement of AT-1501, a drug invented at ALS TDI, as a potential treatment for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Novus Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, has announced that the first subject has been enrolled in the Phase 2a clinical trial evaluating AT-1501 in adults. Read More...

How to Advance ALS TDI’s Latest Discovery in the Lab
Posted: September 30, 2020 in Other News

ALS TDICAMBRIDGE, MA - The ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) recently announced the discovery of a new drug target, Type I PRMTs, for ALS caused by the C9orf72 mutation. We were excited to share those recent findings with the broader ALS research community and with you. We remain in the early days with this discovery, but we are optimistic as we take steps to further advance our findings. Because we can’t complete all of these steps alone, we are developing partnerships to make progress against each of these objectives. However, that progress won’t be possible without the continued support from the ALS community. Read More...

CFA Asks Court to Restore Reasonable & Equitable Statewide Access to Fitness
Posted: September 15, 2020 in Other News

CFASACRAMENTO, CA - The California Fitness Alliance (CFA) announced it has filed legal action in Los Angeles County Superior Court seeking to restore reasonable access to indoor fitness. CFA believes that government should not continue preventing Californians from having equitable and safe access to indoor fitness centers and the proven benefits, including maximizing their resilience to COVID-19, that exercise provides to their physical and mental health. Read More...

SilverSneakers Announces National Inspiration Award Winner
Posted: September 15, 2020 in Other News

SilverSneakersNASHVILLE, TN - SilverSneakers by Tivity Health, the nation's leading community fitness program for older Americans, has announced the national winner of the 2020 SilverSneakers Swanson Inspiration Award. Mobile, Alabama resident, Lloyd Black, has been named the winner of the 16th annual award, which is presented to one member who has improved their life through a healthy lifestyle that incorporates fitness and social interaction, while helping others navigate their own fitness journeys. Read More...

The 2020 Club Industry Show Has Been Cancelled
Posted: September 8, 2020 in Other News

Club Industry ShowST. LOUIS, MO - Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Club Industry has unfortunately been forced to cancel the 2020 Club Industry Show, which had been planned for October 14 - 16, 2020, in St. Louis, Missouri. Club Industry remains committed to delivering the Gold Standard in education, information, networking and resources for the fitness community during this unprecedented time. We are exploring other avenues to deliver to you the exceptional and relevant content that you have come to expect from Club Industry. Read More...

SIBEC North America 2020 Has Been Postponed
Posted: September 8, 2020 in Other News

SIBECCORONADO, CA - Due to the COVID-19 circumstances, we are disappointed to announce that we have been forced to postpone the 2020 Sibec North America event. While we are disappointed that we are unable to bring the industry together face-to-face this Fall, we are excited to announce that the next Sibec will be held on May 10-13, 2021, at Loews Coronado Bay Resort in Coronado, CA Read More...

AB Show 2020 Has Been Canceled
Posted: August 3, 2020 in Other News

Athletic Business ShowMADISON, WI - Athletic Business Media has made the difficult decision to cancel AB Show 2020. This decision was made in consultation with key stakeholders and our partners, the Medical Fitness Association, the National Alliance for Youth Sports and the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association. Read More...

Lyle Ray Irwin, The Original STEP Founder, and Patent Holder, Passes Away
Posted: July 28, 2020 in Other News

Ray IrwinLyle Ray Irwin, The Original STEP Founder and Patent Holder, and partner with Rich Boggs in CourtSouth and then in a partnership with Rich, Lou Off and Gerry Alles in Sportslife in Atlanta, has passed away after a 6 + month battle with lung cancer. Six years ago, Ray won a very tough battle with throat cancer. Then, after surviving that cancer for 6+ years, he was hit with a second battle with cancer in January, 2020. Sadly, this time it was lung cancer, which proved to be more than he could defeat, and Lyle Ray Irwin died the night of July 19th/20th. Read More...

How ALS TDI is Moving Forward with Phase 1 Reopening of Lab
Posted: June 1, 2020 in Other News

ALS TDICAMBRIDGE, MA - ALS TDI’s Chief Scientific Officer Fernando Vieira, M.D., talks about how ALS TDI is allowing more scientists to enter the lab in accordance with Massachusetts Phase 1 reopening guidelines. ALS TDI thank you for support over the last few months, which has allowed us to maintain the pace of promising ALS research amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. This first week of June, in accordance with the Massachusetts phased reopening guidelines, ALS TDI began allowing more of our scientists and researchers to return to the Cambridge-based lab. While pleased to be able to resume additional operations the safety of staff remains a top priority. Read More...

ALS TDI Study Uncovers New Clue as to Why C9or72 Mutations May Cause Neurodegenerative Disease
Posted: April 17, 2020 in Other News

ALS TDI CAMBRIDGE, MA - It is known that C9orf72 repeat expansion mutations are the most common cause of ALS, but the mechanisms of how and why it causes the disease remain, for the most part, a mystery. However, a new paper by ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) scientist, Anna Gill, and several collaborators, may have a promising new clue as to why these C9orf72 mutations may be particularly toxic for brain cells. Read More...

Our Research Will Not Stop, But We Need You Now
Posted: April 6, 2020 in Other News

ALS TDICAMBRIDGE, MA - I want to express my deep gratitude to everyone who donated in response to my letter last week. Your support and commitment to continuing the research at ALS TDI means so much, not only to our science team and staff but to the people who are living with ALS. We are making very difficult decisions here every day, as we face the consequences of COVID-19, but I am incredibly proud to work with a team that is thoroughly aligned on doing whatever is right for the people we serve. I want to assure the community that our research will not stop. Read More...

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