IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, has formed a Medical, Science and Health Advisory Council.

The council will advise and support IHRSA’s Executive Staff and Board of Directors on current research and science. The purpose and objectives of the group are:

  • Identify ways to measure and quantify the impact of exercise and lifestyle change to improve health, individual health risks and post medical treatment outcomes;
  • Provide technical information on current science and research related to the health benefits of physical activity;
  • Guide and evaluate the development and delivery of education and resources for the industry; and
  • Serve as industry ambassadors to promote health safety and efficacy through exercise and healthy lifestyle habits through contributing editorials or quotes, participating in media interviews, speaking to policymakers, etc.

The Medical, Science and Health Advisory Council will consist of experts in medicine, public health, exercise science, exercise physiology, medical wellness, fitness nutrition, behavior change, psychology, and epidemiology.

IHRSA Interim President and CEO Brent Darden said, “We’ve always felt it’s important for the fitness industry to work alongside the medical and healthcare industries. The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted a serious need for collaboration with medicine, allied health, research, public health professionals and organizations. We believe that the Medical, Science, and Health Advisory Council could provide the breakthrough we’re looking for and help chart the course for improving the well-being of individuals around the world”.