Fitness Clubs Worldwide Rejoice for National Health and Fitness Day Today

Fitness Clubs Worldwide Rejoice for National Health and Fitness Day Today

EDMONTON, ALBERTA(Marketwired - June 6, 2014) - Fitness Industry Council of Canada (FIC) is pleased to announce our continuing participation in National Health and Fitness Day (NHFD) by having fitness clubs waive their drop-in fees today, June 7th 2014. NHFD is an initiative to increase Canadians' participation in fitness and sports activities which will contribute to good health and help tackle rising healthcare costs.

MP John Weston initiated NHFD in the fall of 2012 by working with his colleagues in the House of Commons. By 2013, Senator Nancy Greene Raine began to involve 100 Canadian Senators and introduced a Bill to create NHFD in the Senate in fall 2013. Legislators are encouraged to support their local mayors and councillors across the country to proclaim a day to promote health and fitness for their citizens. This enactment gets cities and towns to join the national movement of proclaiming the first Saturday in June every year as "National Health and Fitness Day."

Last year, FIC saw great potential in this initiative and got involved by having fitness facilities across Canada waive their drop-in fees for the public on the first Saturday of June each year. Participating clubs encourage their members to bring friends and family for a workout free of charge on NHFD to promote the importance of physical activity.

Over 1000 clubs across the country will be waiving their drop-in fees on June 7th. Participating clubs will have NHFD event promotions at their facility. Participating club locations can be found by visiting

"This is a wonderful event for the fitness industry to showcase the benefits of exercise in a time where physical participation rates have dropped. FIC has taken leadership in NHFD and provided a platform for less active Canadians to get involved in a stress-free environment. In turn, we hope to encourage enough people to reach a public health benefit by getting more Canadians more active, more often," says FIC's President, David Hardy.

"It's great to have a designated day where the Canadian fitness industry can come together to celebrate something we all believe in - the promotion of a healthy lifestyle," says FIC's Executive Director, Trisha Sarker.

MP John Weston expresses his "appreciation for the active support Fitness Industry Council of Canada has demonstrated in marking NHFD in Canada. By working together from sea to sea to sea, with the public and the private sectors, we can make Canada the fittest nation in the world."

About FIC

Fitness Industry Council of Canada (FIC) is the not-for-profit trade organization representing the commercial fitness industry in Canada. As the voice of the industry, FIC represents 5,000 facilities and 4 million members nationwide. FIC is dedicated to creating a healthier and more active country through the promotion of physical activity.