June 2006 Archive

June 2006 Archive

IPO Trading for TSI Delayed

NEW YORK -- Town Sports International, which had planned to start trading on May 25 has delayed its initial public offering. As of press time, the company had not returned calls to detail when trading would begin or why the delay occurred.

AED Malfunctions Common

BOSTON -- One in five automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the past 10 years have been recalled because of malfunction concerns, found a report presented in mid May at the Heart Rhythm Society's 27th Annual Scientific Sessions. However, the researchers, who were led by William H. Maisel, MD, MPH, director of Pacemaker Device Service at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, said that the number of recalls is small compared to the number of lives saved through use of the devices.

MARMC Sailors are 'Biggest Winners'

NORFOLK, VA -- The Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) personnel, voluntarily challenged themselves over the past several months to improve their overall physical readiness test (PRT) performance by way of a new fitness program they named The Biggest Winners.

More Activity Needed for Chicago Kids

CHICAGO -- The Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) and the Chicago Park District joined together to assess the physical activity levels of Chicago children. Researchers found that the children involved (ages 4-12) are receiving nearly half of the recommended daily amount of physical activity during the after-school program provided by the Chicago Park District, but more is needed.

Johnson Health Tech Up First Quarter

TAICHUNG, TAIWAN -- Johnson Health Tech, Ltd., manufacturer of Matrix Fitness products, announced results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2006 with sales growth for its commercial fitness products at 42.8 percent. Net sales for all categories were $75.5 million, compared to 2005 first quarter sales of $65 million, an increase of 16.15 percent. Net income for was $11.88 million, compared to $10 million, an increase of 18.88 percent.

Life Time Fitness Founder Faces Felony Charge

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN -- Bahram Akradi, Life Time Fitness CEO, may face five years of jail time and/or a $10,000 fine for an incident that occurred last February. Akradi was charged with felony damage to property and a misdemeanor assault for a parking lot incident at his daughter's high school.

Life Time Triathlon Series Links Triathlons

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.-- Life Time Fitness Inc. announced the launch of the Life Time Fitness Triathlon Series in partnership with the Nautica New York City Triathlon, Accenture Chicago Triathlon, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Triathlon and the Life Time Fitness Triathlon, which is held in Minneapolis.

Contest Promotes Underwood Fitness

USS UNDERWOOD, At Sea -- USS Underwood sailors have adopted a new way to stay healthy and within Navy fitness standards from the popular reality television program, The Biggest Loser. The show has been an inspiration to more than 20 Sailors aboard the ship, and many hope it will become a Navy-wide program.

Convenience, Staffing and Time Most Important

DENVER -- Convenience, staffing and time are the most important factors when it comes to choosing a fitness facility, according to a new study by University of Virginia Professor Diane Whaley, a national sport and exercise psychology expert.

Two-Thirds of Parents Don't Feel Comfortable Talking to Their Kids about Weight

PROVO, UT -- It's a fact that one in three children in the United States is obese. Previous research shows that having support from others makes losing weight easier, and being able to talk openly about the problem is a crucial skill for parents with obese children. However, according to a recent survey from VitalSmarts two-thirds of parents are unwilling to speak up and get involved.

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