Whether you enjoy watching The Biggest Loser or you find it offensive, you have to admit that this primetime TV program has been effective in showcasing health and fitness to millions of people around the world. Last month, IDEA published “Weighing in on The Biggest Loser,” an in-depth feature story on the topic.
Saudi Arabia is seeking closure of
unlicensed women-only gyms, states information courtesy of Reuters and The Guardian. Fitness facilities have historically been segregated for
religious reasons, prompting the
proliferation of unlicensed women-only gyms. Saudi clerics have taken umbrage with this trend, concerned that female physical activity may go against religious values. According to The Guardian, women may soon be allowed to vote, which may alter the course of such closures.
According to a recent report, people who live near activity-friendly areas are more likely to engage in physical activity than those who do not. The study, published in the June issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (2009; 36 , 484–90), presented data gathered from 11,541 survey participants in 11 countries,
including Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, China (Hong Kong), Japan, Lithuania, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and the U.S.
If you’ve been to an IDEA event, you know that the experience is unmatched and practically indescribable. If you missed the 2009 IDEA World Fitness Convention™ last month—and want a taste of the most credible, professional education available—then try our new IDEA World Fitness Convention™ Online Video Package.
Yoga teacher-training schools have been subject to state licensure under statutes regulating vocational schools in a few states for some time, but this year has seen a spate of new licensing activity in various states across the country. This growing trend, which has sparked lively debate in the yoga community, reached critical mass recently in New York State.
Richard Simmons has a FIT Kids Rally planned for the steps of City Hall in New York City next month. For details, see below. If you are a local PE teacher or student with good stories about PE success or the need for PE in schools, please contact Anne Czarkowski at firstname.lastname@example.org. She is looking for fitness pros whom Richard can call on with questions during the rally.
Let's Bring Physical Education Back to Our Schools!
In a previous issue of Inner IDEA Body-Mind-Spirit Review, we asked: Where do you see yourself and the wellness industry in 5 years? What changes do you predict, based on present circumstances?
“I envision myself still working in the fitness field, either paid or volunteering.
The November-December 2008 issue of IDEA Fitness Journal (2008; 5 , 16) reported on proposed legislation that would require personal trainers in Washington, DC, to register with the mayor and submit fees biennially. Registered personal trainers would be regulated by the Board of Physical Therapy and would operate within a scope of practice delineated by the board. Now, other states are following suit.
In these increasingly uncertain times, it’s more important than ever to approach your personal and professional finances with an eye toward appreciation. The real measure of character is what you do with what you already have.