Charities in Today’s World

April 7th, 2021

I remember growing up and seeing a jar on the counter of stores and restaurants when a local family or person was in need of some help. I don’t see those jars too often anymore and I don’t know if it’s because we do not use cash as often or if it’s because “charity” has gotten a bad reputation. We may have all chipped in over the last year to help a neighbor or a stranger but going forward how can we still help when we don’t know who needs a little extra? Why not help a charity while being active?

These days we might sign up for a race here and there to help this charity or that one. Some races we just donate through our registration fees.  Other races encourage us to raise funds for the charity being highlighted.  Either way, helping others is the goal but doing so while keeping ourselves healthy is a bonus. has an article/slide show from a few years back but it is still relevant today.  Click on the link to learn more, “These Inspiring Health and Fitness Charities are Changing the World”. Let us know what charities you work with or started.


Acknowledgements: Slideshow by Shannon Bauer

Full Slideshow can be found at

February 2021 Spotlight Winner

February 24th, 2020

NIHCA $100 February Spotlight Challenge ~ How do you show extra care/recognition towards your members?

Congratulations to Women’s Fitness Center in Red Wing, MN

Women’s Fitness Center’s owner is proud of the customer service offered to every member whether it is a first time or a loyal lifetime member. Their goal is to develop a community of support and care. Gold stars are given to members who have exercised 30 days in one month or for the most workouts in a month, it’s their way of cheering on the member’s achievements and sharing it with others.

Delores says, “The Women’s Fitness Center is a full service center for the body, mind, and spirit. The environment is enhanced through the members, the fresh green plants, interesting and beautiful artwork and crafts on the walls, communication, and the feeling of community and belonging. It has become a gathering place for women to love, laugh, cry, vent, and share the joys and challenges of our lives.”.


We should all strive to recognize, thank, and appreciate our members EVERY day.

FREE Webinar ~ Feb 24th

“Health & Fitness Operations Post Covid:

 How to Prepare”  by Karen Woodard-Chavez

Wednesday, Feb 24 ~ 11am-12pmCST

Never has it been more important to be forward thinking about the changes you will need to make in your health and fitness operations for post Covid success. This 60 minute session will cover considerations for revenue production, programming, facility modification and member/community relations. It is important to be planning for these changes NOW rather than wait. This will be a combination of presentation and discussion.


Locker Rooms/Showers for Gyms in Minnesota

January 14, 2021

We may have all heard the term “social distancing” enough to last us a lifetime but that doesn’t mean our facilities should loosen up on guidelines offered by your government, local health departments or the CDC. One of the big questions we have heard is, “How are you managing the social distancing in your locker rooms and with your showers?”  We recommend you ALWAYS check with your local government pages as to the current mandates and recommendations.

If you are in need of some creative solution when your locker rooms and showers are not able to be open, these are what some facilities are doing:

  • Set up temporary changing stations on the pool deck to allow safe space for their members.
  • Encourage the member(s) shower on pool deck to rinse off, before and after using the pool.
  • Recommend to your patrons to shower at home before and/or after when possible.
  • If you have your locker rooms and showers open, please consider increasing the sanitizing and disinfecting procedures throughout the day.

We have found that facilities are posting rule reminders throughout their buildings as well as within locker rooms and they are not finding any issues arise with members violating the social distancing “rules”.

Do you have creative solutions at your facility if your locker rooms or showers have not been able to open? Email us at with your solutions or a future question you would like addressed.


January Webinar – “Key Priorities for a Successful 2021”

NIHCA Webinar…
Tuesday January 12, 2021
11am-12 noon CST

Presented by:
Karen Woodard-Chavez

Gooood bye 2020 and Hellloooooooo 2021! We are ready for a better year all the way around. Regarding your fitness business growth or perhaps survival, there are some key priorities that you must have lined up with your plan in place.

These include:
– How will you increase consumer confidence to return to your club?
– How will you grow your dues draft?
– How will you grow your Non-Dues Revenue?

This 60 minute FREE webinar, sponsored by NIHCA and presented by Karen Woodard, will help you to create a plan to achieve these imperatives for your fitness business to remain open and be able to grow in 2021.

It’s FREE – Register Today!

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