December 2020 Spotlight Winner

NIHCA $100 December Spotlight Challenge ~ Virtual Workout Program

…and the winner is SDSU Wellness Center, in Brookings, SD! Congratulations 


SDSU Wellness Center is the winner because they sent in this awesome video with all the appropriate requirements. This is a great example of how virtual workouts need to be facilitated in order for your virtual programs to be qualified for the fitness reimbursement programs.

To be eligible
for the reimbursement programs, the definition of a virtual workout must include all of the criteria below:

  • Live instruction with live member workout(s)
  • Instructor must be able to see the members working out at the time of the class
  • Attendance needs to be taken at the beginning and end of class
  • Members must pay for the class and/or membership to participate in the virtual, live workout

Thank you, SDSU Wellness center for putting on a smile and showing us how it’s done.

Apple vs Pumpkin Pie

We took a survey in our office just before Thanksgiving and found a pretty even split when asked: What type of pie should be served for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. You may be surprised to know the results; it was even between the two options but most everyone would have chosen a completely different dessert! So I ask you; do you prefer Apple or Pumpkin pie with your Thanksgiving meal? Will we have a similar debate in a few weeks over Christmas desserts?

Check out this article from Eating to find out Which Pie Is Healthier: Apple or Pumpkin.

Which Pie Is Healthier: Apple or Pumpkin?

Thanksgiving pie is arguably most people’s favorite part of the meal: if it’s Thanksgiving, there must be pie. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, you may be wondering if one pie has a nutritional leg up on another. Is apple the healthier choice? Or does pumpkin pie reign supreme? Here’s what we found when we looked at the two side by side.

Let’s start with apple pie. It’s made from fruit, so it must be good for you… right? While apples are quite healthy-they’re loaded with fiber, vitamin C and antioxidants-coating them with sugar and dumping them in a buttery crust does change things a bit. Plus, apple pies normally come with double crusts, which means more calories.

As for pumpkin pie, here we start with a vegetable (yay!). The pumpkin delivers fiber and, like all orange foods, pumpkins are packed with carotenoids, which can help tackle free radicals and decrease inflammation. Of course, to turn that vegetable into pie, we add sugar and a crust, so the pumpkin’s not quite as pure as it was in its original vegetable state.

Apple or Pumpkin?

The nutrition will vary depending on which pie you make, but here’s the breakdown comparing our Deep-Dish Apple Pie and our Holiday Pumpkin Pie:

Apple Pie:

  • Per serving: 345 calories; 10 g fat (4 g sat); 5 g fiber; 62 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein; 33 g sugars; 17 g added sugars;147 mg sodium; 213 mg potassium.

Pumpkin Pie:

  • Per serving: 292 calories; 9 g fat (3 g sat); 3 g fiber; 42 g carbohydrates; 7 g protein; 26 g sugars; 22 g added sugars; 174 mg sodium; 482 mg potassium.

The pumpkin pie wins on calories, saturated fat, protein and calcium. But the apple pie takes the cake when it comes to fiber, sugar (both total and added) and sodium. So what’s a pie aficionado to do? Well, if you’re watching calories go for the pumpkin-it almost always has fewer because of the single crust. You could also get crazy and take a sliver of both pies. The bottom line is: feel free to make or enjoy your favorite pie, savor it and don’t go overboard.

Acknowledgements: Article from

Written by: Lisa Valente, M.S., R.D.

December Spotlight Challenge



Extra Present for Christmas!


$100 December Spotlight Contest:

The NIHCA Spotlight offers a chance to win $100 for your club and an opportunity to cast some “Spotlight” on your amazing facility, your awesome staff and your dedicated members!

“Virtual Workouts

Send in your video or picture along with your story to:

We will announce the winner in the upcoming newsletter, blog, Facebook and Instagram, while promoting your amazing facility! Please get your entry into us by December 16!

If you have questions, please contact Emily at 320.722.0084
NIHCA Spotlight

Please note that all pictures, videos, and promotional material may be used on our website, blog, and in our newsletters as it pertains to the Spotlight Challenge

November 2020 Spotlight Winner

$100 November Spotlight Winner ~  Orangetheory Fitness in MN


Congrats to the Orangetheory Fitness Maple Grove, MN on winning the $100 November Spotlight Contest. The November contest was “How is your club honoring your local veterans?” Orangetheory sent us their awesome picture of their veterans in action along with the award presented to veteran, John Finn – Thank you for your service!

Here is their story:
Orangetheory Fitness Maple Grove was not only named one of 2019’s Largest Veteran Owned Businesses according to Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. We also honor all our service men and women with membership discounts all year round. The week of Veteran’s Day we show our appreciation by offering the opportunity to try out Orangetheory Fitness Maple Grove with two weeks of complementary sessions. We love helping people better their lives through our vehicle of fitness and community under the orange lights.

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