The Community Gyms Coalition (CGC) is a first-of-its kind collaboration of fitness companies representing more than 15,000 community gyms and fitness facilities across the U.S. that serve over 25 million members and impact tens of millions more across the country. Nutrition and physical activity are intimately and inseparably connected and, when combined, can improve public health. Data shows that during the COVID pandemic, physical activity diminished and negative public health outcomes rose. America’s community gyms are committed to addressing this troubling outcome by integrating nutrition and health and supporting improved physical activity for all.
In advance of the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, the CGC commits to support Pillar #2 (Integrate nutrition and health) and #4 (Support physical activity for all) by launching the Fitness is Essential campaign. The Fitness is Essential campaign is designed to meet Americans where they are (in person, social media and online) has three components: Education, Access and Support.
Partner with the Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to launch a nationwide campaign to build on the Move Your Way program to ensure that all Americans know that Fitness is Essential beginning in early December 2022;
The mental and physical health of all Americans has suffered in the wake of the pandemic. Recognizing that exercise and physical activity improve mental and physical health, 3.5 million teenagers exercised for free at a Planet Fitness Club over the past three months as part of their High School Summer Pass initiative. This number and the feedback from parents across the country demonstrate the much-needed mental and physical support that 3.5 million teenagers and many more adults need following the pandemic. The CGC is committed to supporting millions more to address our nation’s mental health crisis and chronic disease epidemic.
Host a 20-minute satellite event workout during a break in the program on September 28 with some of the country’s top trainers for virtual participants to take part in to encourage physical activity during the conference;
Develop signage and online resources for community gyms to provide to their members and community containing access to data on improving nutrition and supporting physical activity for all; and
Extend an innovative course on nutrition to at least 6,000 member locations across the country.
Encourage community gyms to offer a free day pass and/or consultation about fitness goals and objectives to any individual in the community;
Encourage community gyms to offer and administer 1 million free 30-minute consultations by 2025 to improve participants’ body intelligence and provide a baseline understanding of their health and fitness;
Encourage community gyms to partner with local leaders to host free sessions on improving physical activity within their communities accessible to all.
Offer free access to apps empowering Americans to track their nutrition and physical activity and make healthier choices;
Train 10,000 new nutrition coaches by 2025, and 20,000 by 2030, to emphasize the connection between proper nutrition, physical activity and overall health, and provide appropriate support to our communities.
Through the Fitness is Essential campaign, the CGC will leverage its more than 15,000 fitness facilities, tens of thousands of coaches and trainers, and millions of gym members across the country to integrate nutrition and health and support physical activity for all through education, access and support.