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IHRSA EUROPE UPDATE


Reflections on the past year • Bill McBride • President • Club One


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’ve had the distinct honour and privilege of serving as the chair of IHRSA’s board of directors for the past year. It’s been a remarkably rewarding


period for me – one during which IHRSA and our industry have clearly made a great deal of progress. I’m particularly proud of IHRSA for the


following reasons: • Because the association’s management, staff and current board of directors perform their duties in an eff ective, collaborative and transparent manner.


• Because it’s fi scally responsible with our money, increasing reserves while investing in programmes, events, research, publications, and public policy to grow and protect the health and fi tness industry.


• For the success of its legislative initiatives, both in the US and beyond.


• Because it continues to adopt technology to serve us better. For example: its website www.ihrsa.org, which has been translated internationally; its aggressive tracking of state public policy; and its new, user- friendly mobile app.


• For the continued growth and success of its international events and conferences.


IHRSA has invested in technology projects in the past year, including a new, user-friendly mobile app


• For the rich culture that IHRSA, in concert with all of its constituencies, has created: its long-standing mantra of “success by association”.


By working and moving forward together,


we are, in fact, stronger. Here’s to you, the IHRSA family and the community. T anks for all of the opportunities you’ve off ered me.


Ask the experts: Corporate wellness – tracking employee participation at the gym


Is there a standard or best practice for corporate clients wanting to track their employees’ participation at the fitness centre? Christine Thalwicz, director of communications & research for ACAC Fitness & Wellness Centers in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, offers her insight on this topic:


“It has always been fairly straightforward to create attendance reports from club management software systems. However, as clubs that manage multiple corporate accounts know, each company’s reporting needs and wants are different. Some companies like to review monthly attendance benchmarks. Others want to examine records quarterly. Some may require two visits a week while others require two visits fortnightly. “Human manipulation of all this data to each company’s


specifications would be extremely tedious and time-consuming. Our solution was to create a computer programme that gathers attendance data in a searchable format, which we make accessible through a secure online portal. Authorised human resource officers can access cumulative attendance data, by date range, for employees with subsidised memberships. Individual corporate members may also access their own data to monitor attendance. “The ability to input unique start and end dates ensures that the


Employee fitness attendances can be easily searched on the system 20


usage reports generated are according to the querying individual’s or organisation’s parameters. Our corporate clients appreciate the efficiency of this self-service reporting system. They know we are always happy to help should they need assistance, but they like having the data at their fingertips.” Read more answers to this question by visiting the website at www.ihrsa.org/industryleader


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