Challenge Brings Fitness Facilities And Local Communities Together Across the World to Keep Fit and Contribute to a Great Cause
NEW YORK (December 7, 2015) – Technogym, the world’s leading wellness and fitness company, announced its global ‘Let’s Move for a Better World’ challenge will take place in 2016, for the third consecutive year. Sign up is now open for fitness facilities across the United States to join the Challenge.
The 2015 edition saw impressive improvements from participating facilities: visits increased by an average of 34%, new memberships increased by 17%, and more than three quarters of participants saw an increase in the engagement and motivation of existing members.
Technogym has grand ambitions for Let’s Move for a Better World 2016, following the success of the 2015 edition, that boasted impressive figures and tripled 2014 results: 80,000 participants in 17 countries completed more than 315 million MOVEs, burning a total of 140 million calories and losing a staggering 45,000 lbs.
“Let’s Move for a Better World embodies Technogym’s mission to improve wellness on a global scale. We recognize that the education of the younger generation is a crucial starting point for achieving this, and building a more sustainable society based on personal health,” said Nerio Alessandri, President and Founder, Technogym. “We encourage fitness facilities, and individuals in local communities to get involved, sign up, get fit and make an impact.”
From March 1 to 19, 2016, gym members in fitness facilities all over the world will challenge each other and join forces to donate their movements in support of promoting wellness and healthy lifestyles in their local community and beyond, particularly raising awareness around childhood obesity.
How does it work?
Participants’ MOVEs – Technogym’s unit for measuring movement – will be logged and tracked through Technogym’s mywellness cloud, the industry’s first cloud-based open platform.
The top three most active fitness facilities in each participating country – those that accumulate the highest number of MOVEs - will win the opportunity to help children in their local community to get more active and healthy by donating Technogym-funded equipment to a school of their choice. Prizes will also be awarded to the members who achieve the highest contribution to the challenge.
In addition to promoting a healthy lifestyle, Let’s Move for a Better World challenge is a great opportunity for fitness facilities to attract new members through the initiative’s social media communication campaign as well as the viral effect created by existing members sharing their training sessions online.
Let’s Move for a Better World is also a unique and powerful tool to build member loyalty, motivation and footfall through its competitive mechanism. By placing the spotlight on the fitness facility’s local community, it creates a positive team spirit that brings people together towards a common objective.
For further information on the campaign, regulations, and to get involved, get in touch with your local Technogym representative, or get more information with the Toolkit for Facilities.
Childhood obesity stats:
- In the past 30 years childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents.
- By 2025, 70 million children under 5 will be overweight or obese if current trends continue.
- In 2013, 42 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese.
- Overweight and obese children are more likely to develop diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular diseases at a younger age.
Sources: World Health Organization, European Public Health Alliance, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Established in 1983, Technogym is the world leader in the supply of fitness and wellness products, services and solutions. Today the company employs around 2,200 staff in its 14 branches in Europe, the United Sates, Asia, the Middle East, Australia and South America, exporting 90% of its production to more than 100 countries. Technogym has equipped 65,000 Wellness Centers and more than 100,000 homes around the world. Technogym was the official supplier of the last five editions of the Olympic Games: Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Turin 2006, Peking 2008 and London 2012; and will continue this partnership at the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games.