Maintenance and Janitorial Services

November 22, 2022

Cleaning is inevitable. It has to happen at home, at work, and especially at the gym. The question is, who should do the cleaning and when? We asked the NIHCA Networking Group and we received responses from a variety of facilities:

  • University and Hospital facilities often have contracted staff that will come in after hours to clean the facilities.
  • Larger facilities have at least one full time custodian on payroll either during the day or after hours. Some facilities use a contract cleaning service to come in after hours and for the larger cleaning projects.
  • Smaller facilities tend to apply the cleaning duties to staff. This has become more popular in the last few years as more facilities struggle to fill the custodian position either due to lack of application or loss of funding.

Don’t forget to check in with our Preferred Vendors. If you work with a vendor that is not on the NIHCA Preferred Vendor list and you would like to see them added to our PV page, please contact us and together we will try to incorporate them as well.

“When your environment is clean you feel happy, motivated and healthy.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

November 2022 Spotlight Winner

November 21, 2022

November is the National Gratitude Month. We asked our members, what are you Grateful for this month? We encouraged creativity with the theme:

“Share with us what you are most grateful”

Congratulations to The Wheel in

Baxter, MN

The Wheel shared with us their posted “love letter” to their members. We read the letter as sincere and beautiful. You can read the entire letter on their website, but here is a snip-it:

“Because what you get at The Wheel is so much more than a workout. 

You make friends. 

You find hope. 

You feel a sense of community. 

You don’t feel judged.

You actually want to come back.”


The contest ended but we still love to hear your stories; you can email them to and then watch our monthly Newsletter to see if your story is featured.

We want to take an extra moment of your time to share “our” grateful. NIHCA is grateful for you, our friends in the fitness industry. We are grateful for your support of our non-profit and we are thankful for your membership.

Thank you to ALL the entries into this month’s contest and every contest over the last four years! We have enjoyed this extra connection with our members and hope you have enjoyed reflecting on each contests theme. It is our hope that you will embrace the National Gratitude Month for the entire year. Gratefully at your service, The NIHCA gals.

Hardcopy or virtual, is your website current?

October 31, 2022

Some of us came from an era of daily newspapers and phones with coiled cords. Some of us have grown up with computers, internet and social media being our main sources of information and insight. Either way, we know that your website is a make it or break it for some businesses. Your website might be the first or the only insight a person has into your facility.

We asked the NIHCA Networking group about their digital footprint, how do they keep up their websites and who do they go through for their website needs. The varying answers had us starting our own research. The building of the website and the hosting of the website varied greatly between facilities but there was one common factor; there is one person or department assigned to updating and editing information on the site verses using an outside source.

One facility had a member ask if they could build a new site as they were frustrated with the current one, and it worked out great for the facility. We aren’t here to plug one host engine or website builder over another but we want to remind you that your website is more important today than ever before. Take the time to look at your website with fresh eyes. You may need to give it a facelift or do a little tweaking but do not neglect your website. Take the time to follow through with updates, fresh looks, and current information.

Do you need a graphic, wording, or ideas on how to promote the Fitness Incentive Programs on your website? We are here to help, if we missed you the last time we reached out to your facility to check in, call our office and let us help you with ideas on marketing the programs, (320) 722-0084.

NIHCA’s December 2022 Webinar

Your Holiday Re-Charge

and Map Your Mission for 2023

Presented by: Kristen Brown

Thursday,  December 15th, 2022

1:00 PM  – 2:00 PM (Central Time)

The holiday season is upon us and with it comes overflowing to-do lists, unique workplace dynamics, gift-giving strain, entertaining and parties, kids’ events, travel and weather issues, emotional sensitivity, and many other stressors that can overload us.

During this session learn simple, effective ways to reduce holiday stress (or everyday stress) and recharge your body and mind. Each one takes just moments and they have been scientifically-proven to help you function more effectively!

Plus we will map out your 2023 vision and plan so you create the momentum and motivation to make it happen. You will walk away feeling less anxiety and more energy during the crazy holiday season AND get ready to own your awesome in 2023!

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September 2022 Spotlight Winner

September 27, 2022

Have you seen our Newsletter section, “Can’t Make This Up”? Every now and again we hear a great story from one of our NIHCA Clubs about the antics happening with their members. We ask our clubs to be creative with our themes and you did not disappoint this month. The entries this month included stories that were creative, inspiring and we could not have made them up.


Congratulations to Maslowski Wellness and Research Center in

Wadena, MN

MWRC sent us the story of their Grand Opening Gala in 2014 and the antics of those attending and some who overstayed their welcome:

“Later that night (IN FACT..Early the next morning) after our staff had eaten what they liked of the pizza and snacks and placed them in the fridge in our Executive meeting room, I found a family that had decided to take it upon themselves to not only eat the leftovers, but to also stay the night in the meeting room!  They were KINDLY asked to leave the facility.  Never have seen them again!  You just never know what you might see at your center!!!!”

The contest ended but we still love to hear your stories, you can email them to and then watch our monthly Newsletter to see if your story is featured.

What would you do with a $100 check from NIHCA? Get your entries in now for our November 2022 Spotlight Contest!

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