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IDEA Health & Fitness Association Announces Cancellation of 2020 IDEA® World Convention, Citing Covid-19 Crisis

SAN DIEGO – April 14, 2019 – IDEA Health & Fitness Association, the world's leading organization of fitness and wellness professionals since 1982, today announced cancellation of the 2020 IDEA World Convention, IDEA World Club & Studio Summit, and IDEA World Nutrition & Behavior Change Summit. The convention and its specialty events, originally scheduled for July 8-12, in Anaheim, Calif, were called off due to public health and safety concerns caused by the unprecedented Coronavirus pandemic.

 “Despite making every effort to host the event as planned or to postpone it, the reality is that it cannot take place due to uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 crisis”, said Rebecca Garity, senior director of IDEA events. “Government and public health officials have yet to offer clarity as to when the current bans on large gatherings and California’s shelter-in-place order will be lifted, which makes it impossible to know when IDEA World can be hosted safely. While this is a difficult decision, cancelling the in-person event is the right thing to do given the extreme and uncertain conditions.”

The 2020 IDEA World Convention was on pace to be one of the largest fitness and wellness events in IDEA’s ® history. With more than 11,000 fitness, wellness, nutrition, business and mind-body professionals—including exhibit hall attendees and sponsors—gathering from over 60 countries. 

IDEA® is shifting its focus to develop alternate channels to deliver the exceptional content that was planned for this year’s IDEA World, plus the specialty programming planned for IDEA World Club & Studio Summit, IDEA World Nutrition & Behavior Change Summit and IDEA Success Academy. More details will be shared in the coming weeks as they become available. 

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IDEA Health and Fitness Association - Upcoming Events

  • 2021 IDEA Personal Trainer Institute – Alexandria, Virginia February 18-21 

  • 2021 IDEA World Convention and IDEA World Club & Studio Summit - Anaheim, CA, July 7-11 

About IDEA Health & Fitness Association 

IDEA Health & Fitness Association is the world's leading organization of fitness and wellness professionals and has been for more than 38 years. We deliver world-class content and continuing education to fitness professionals, business owners and allied health professionals via our five publications, including the award-winning IDEA Fitness Journal; our fitness, business and nutrition conferences; and hundreds of streaming videos and online courses available on our website Additionally, with IDEA FitnessConnect, we host the largest national industry-wide directory linking over 275,000 fitness professionals to more than 40 million consumers. Through IDEA professionals in over 80 countries, we Inspire the World to Fitness®.

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