Thumbs Up To...

Congratulations and pats on the back for the club industry for jobs well done.

* Gainesville Health and Fitness Center for hosting the American Heart Walk 1999. The club helped the American Heart Association raise more than $68,000 to help fight heart disease and stroke.

* Highland Park Hospital Health and Fitness Center (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) for offering flu shots to the community, in conjunction with Mature Health of Highland Park Hospital.

* Las Vegas Athletic Clubs (LVAC) for being selected as one of the top private companies in America's fastest-growing city. LVAC finished 63rd on the list of top 100 privately owned companies based in Las Vegas. Businesses are ranked by annual gross revenue.

* Final Results Fitness in Gilbertsville, Pa., for hosting "Sneakers for Kids," a program with the purpose of raising awareness about the importance of exercise for children. Since sneakers are an expensive necessity of exercise, the club asked people to donate new or used sneakers for children. As a result, Final Results Fitness was able to donate more than 900 pairs of sneakers to the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Com-munities.

* Sandy Gresko, a personal trainer at Willowbrook Athletic Club (WAC) in Western Springs, Ill., for winning in her age category at the 1999 Ironman Triathlon World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. Gresko, 36, defeated 45 other competitors in her age group and earned an automatic bid to this year's world championships.

* New York Health & Racquet Club for honoring the 14-member Marathon of Miracles Team from the recent New York Marathon at a special cocktail reception. The team helped raise a $60,000 contribution to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Sponsored by the club, the members individually raised a minimum of $2,500 for the association to be eligible for the team.

* The Center in the Park, recipient of the NuStep Pinnacle Award for outstanding commitment to the health and wellness of older adults. Located in northwest Philadelphia, the center serves an African-American client base that historically has had limited access to health and wellness programs.

* Paul Wilson, indoor rowing instructor for the Peninsula Athletic Club in San Diego, for capturing first place in men's singles among 67 entries at the prestigious Head of the Charles event.

* The personal trainers and clients at Colosseum Gym & Fitness, in Columbia, Md., for raising $10,000 during its fourth annual silent auction to benefit the Columbia Foundation, a community organization that provides funding for dozens of county-based nonprofit groups each year.

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