Important notes as it pertains to Fitness Reimbursement Programs during the COVID-19 time period …

Exercise/Workout Counts: Most of our insurance companies and our employer groups are not changing the structure or workout threshold for the Fitness Reimbursement programs, however some groups may make an exception internally. So please submit your member’s workout counts as you normally do. IF an insurance group does make an exception to less workouts, you will be able to see this on your Resubmission History Report.

Alternative Workout options: No alternative workouts can be counted nor added in NIHCArewards, if the member isn’t being charged during the shutdown. At this time, the insurance companies and our employer groups have not agreed on allowing an alternative workout option / “out of facility” exercises to be allowed. The alternative options that some clubs may offer their members are great, however the options vary a lot and become very questionable as far as trackability and provability. This is why the programs were designed to take place inside the walls of the facilities and our partners have not allowed a change in that historic structure. Moreover, if the member is not being charged during the shutdown, then no workouts can be counted if the member is not actually paying anything at all. Again, most insurance companies/employer groups are not allowing you to count your alternative workout option for your members.

Deadline to Submit: If you are able to submit March workouts by April 8th at midnight, please do so. However if you can’t or do not have access to records, you may resubmit the following month. That’s the beauty of the reimbursement programs – if you miss a month or cannot submit, you can always resubmit the following month.

NIHCA realizes this is a very challenging time for everyone. Please inquire if you have additional questions; NIHCA has limited staff during this time, but we will do our best to answer your questions as quickly as we can. Please be well – be healthy – and know we will get through this together.

Holly Johnson, Executive Director of NIHCA
National Independent Health Club Association

as of 3/30/2020

The Big Reveal – 2020 Conference

Did you join us for our big reveal Monday morning on Instagram or Facebook?  Did you have any guesses regarding what was in that big red box we kept posting about?

Here are the highlights from the Big Reveal…Where is our 2020 Conference going to be held and when?

Who is excited to find out?  This gal….

Seriously, better than a Birthday!

What could all these Balloons be telling us?


We are going to the Viking Lakes Training Center in Eagan, MN!!!

We are thrilled to announce our 2020 Conference will be held May 14th and 15th at the Viking Lakes Training Center in Eagan, MN.  Tickets go on sale March 9th and are limited.

Mark your calendars now!

February is Heart Health Month

February is dedicated to healthy hearts but it isn’t just about Valentine’s Day and the love in the air.  February has been dedicated as the American Heart Month for over 50 years.  Are you aware of the history and the reasons as to why we as a fitness community should be dedicated to this month?

We have all seen a friend, colleague or client start to fade a little in February after pushing to make changes in January. Now more than ever is a great time to send some encouragement to our friends and clients because with those small or big changes they may be improving their heart health!

Check out this link to find out the history behind “American Heart Month”.

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We also found this page with awesome tools and even shareable graphics,

Let’s work together to make February a great Heart Health Month for our friends and our clients.

If you are looking for AED products and services, please reach out to NIHCA’s Preferred Vendor;

New Year’s Resolutions and Goals

Last week was “Ditch New Year’s Resolution Day”.  Anyone else feeling a little bleak after hearing that there is a day for quitting?  So, our question  to you is this – what are you doing to encourage and support New Year’s Resolutions and Goals for your members, employees, friends, and colleagues?

A few of us here at NIHCA signed up for a local Health Challenge.  The fun part is that even though just a handful of us signed up (it’s a four person team) the encouragement and support is throughout the office.  Knowing you are a part of something bigger than just yourself makes it much harder to give up.  When you feel like you just can’t keep going there is someone there who gives you that gentle nudge and you realize you can go further.

“You do what you can for as long as you can, and when you finally can’t, you do the next best thing.  You back up but you don’t give up.” ~Chuck Yeager

As we are working together to make small and big changes we ask you ~ how are you supporting those around you and keeping the “Ditch New Year’s Resolution Day” a day in the past?

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