May 2006 Archive

Participants Lose Almost 20 Tons

BOSTON, MA -- Participants at 11,000 health clubs lost close to 20 tons (39,300 pounds) in the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) weight loss initiative, I Lost It at the Club!, which was sponsored by equipment manufacturer Life Fitness and Hershey’s PayDay PRO ™ Energy Bar. The eight-week program began in early January and ended in late April.

May 3 is National PE Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A delegation of well known athletes, sporting goods manufacturers, sports retailers, concerned citizens and association leaders will visit Capitol Hill to lobby Congress for continued funding of daily PE classes in our nation's schools for National PE Day on May 3 in Washington, D.C.

Naval Academy Breaks Ground on Field House

ANNAPOLIS, MD -- The U.S. Naval Academy honored one of its pioneers with the March 25 groundbreaking of the Wesley Brown Field House, a 140,000-square-foot athletic facility named for the Academy’s first African American graduate.

First Quarter Up for Cybex

MEDWAY, MA -- First quarter 2006 sales for Cybex International Inc. were up more than $4 million or 17 percent from the same period last year, the company announced. Net sales for the first quarter 2006, which ended April 1, were $28.9 million, compared to $24.76 million for the corresponding 2005 period, an increase of 17 percent. Net income for first quarter 2006 was $667,000, or $0.04 per diluted share, compared to net income for the first quarter 2005 of $119,000, or $0.01 per diluted share.

Nutrition Makes a Stand in Navy Fitness

MILLINGTON, TN -- This spring’s Physical Readiness Test cycle isn’t only about fitness. The Navy is ensuring sailors are also aware of the importance of a healthy diet.

Goudeseune Named ACE President

SAN DIEGO -- The American Council on Exercise (ACE) named Scott Goudeseune as president this week. Goudeseune has been with the organization since 2000 and has been the chief operating officer since July 2005.

HFC Revenue Increases But Shareholders See Decrease

MINNEAPOLIS, MN -— Despite first quarter total revenue increasing 8.2 percent for Health Fitness Corp., the company’s shareholders saw a net earnings decrease of 10.3 percent, according to first quarter 2006 financials released by the company. The company said that additional expenses incurred in later 2005 and early 2006 resulted in the decline.

Wellness is an Attitude Campaign Kicks Off

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, OH -- "Wellness is an attitude!" If Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) leaders have their way, those words will become more than just a slogan for the command's new wellness and safety campaign. They will become a way of life.

Nautilus Buys Universal

VANCOUVER, WA -- Earlier this week, Nautilus Inc. acquired the Universal(R) brand of fitness equipment at an auction of assets for $2.31 million.

HealtheTech to Dissolve Company

On May 2, HealtheTech Inc.'s board of directors approved the dissolution of the company and adopted a plan of complete liquidation and dissolution, which will be submitted to the company's stockholders for approval. HealtheTech had been a manufacturer of metabolism measurement software and devices.

Walking Still Number One

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL -- Exercise walking, which experienced 1.5 percent growth in 2005, remains the No. 1 participation activity surveyed by the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA). Walking has remained on top since 1990. Data contained in NSGA’s annual “Sports Participation – Series I and II” reports, which are now available, shows 86.0 million Americans walked for exercise in 2005.

The Mind Can Fool the Body

SAN DIEGO, CA -- Can the placebo effect make a person run faster? Yes, it can. Runners who drank what they thought was “super-oxygenated” water ran faster than those who drank what they were told was bottled water, according to a study by American Council on Exercise (ACE).

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