Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Calling All Massachusetts Fitness Pros

State and Federal Issues Need Your Attention

Things are heating up on Beacon Hill and Capitol Hill for the fitness industry, as a fitness professional in Massachusetts you have a vital role to play.

Here is what you need to do to PROTECT and PROMOTE the fitness industry:

PROTECT: There will be a hearing on July 21st at the State House on Senate Bill 870. This legislation would dramatically change personal training in the Commonwealth. It would require personal trainers to obtain a degree from an approved educational program, face specific certification requirements, and pass an exam administered by a state run board in order to operate as a personal trainer in the state. Legislators must understand the impact this flawed legislation will have on business and consumers.

- Attend the hearing. On July 21st from 10:00am-11:30am at the State House. We need to show that that this is a large industry in Massachusetts that helps thousands of people. This means we need fitness professionals who are willing to pack the hearing room. You can make a major impact just by showing up to watch democracy in progress. Sign up today!

PROMOTE: Senator Edward Kennedy is a leading figure in the US Senate’s effort to pass health care reform legislation in the coming months. He recently oversaw the introduction of the first health care reform bill introduced in Congress this year. Congressman Richard Neal, a member of the House Committee on Ways & Means, is another a member of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation who will be deeply involved in crafting health care reform.

It is vital for our industry and the future health of America, that prevention is a key component of reform. Join IHRSA by supporting tax incentives for healthy lifestyles.

- Speak out today! Use the online advocacy and follow a few simple steps to quickly share a story about the impact that exercise has had on your life or the life of one of your members. Use the link at the bottom of this email.

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