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Support ongoing efforts to make exercise accessible to people of all ages and abilities.

Exercise has many proven health benefits, yet physical inactivity, obesity, and chronic disease continue to be growing problems.

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The IHRSA Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization established in 2012 with the goal of promoting health through exercise. The purpose of the IHRSA Foundation is to support the charitable and educational mission of the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA).

The IHRSA Foundation's Work Continues

The IHRSA Foundation 2018 Annual Report is now available. See what we accomplished in 2018 and where we've set our sights for 2019 and beyond.


Ready to Join the IHRSA Foundation Family

Sign up for emails. We'll let you know when we hit important milestones, reach out with opportunities for clubs, master trainers, and mentors to join a pilot program, and share the occasional fundraising email (just a few each year).


Start a conversation about how your club can get more involved. Schedule a call with someone from the IHRSA Foundation to talk more about how your club can get involved with the Foundation.


Make a donation. The IHRSA Foundation relies on donations to grow and expand our pilot programs. Scroll up to make a donation.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help health clubs open their doors to people living with chronic disease and disability.

Our vision is to start small, with pilot programs in a handful of clubs, but to think big. Imagine, 10,000 health clubs offering programs for every type of chronic condition to people who may never have stepped foot in a health club before.

IHRSA clubs have the programs and IHRSA and the IHRSA Foundation have the global reach. What we need is funds to pilot and evaluate the programs and roll them out to health clubs across the world. That is where you come in.

The IHRSA Foundation works to lay the groundwork for a world that views physical activity, and its physical and mental health benefits, with increased importance.

IHRSA Foundation Programs

ACCESS Health: Inclusive Fitness

A program to increase fitness opportunities for individuals with disabilities, providing them with the knowledge and skills to achieve better health.

In May 2017, IHRSA launched the first round of ACCESS Health: Inclusive Fitness pilots using the UFIT - Universal Fitness Innovation & Transformation - model. UFIT is a Global Social Change initiative set up by the UNESCO Chair in Inclusive Fitness, Sport & Recreation, PE and IHRSA.

The ACCESS Health Pilots Are Making a Difference for Clubs and Participants

"I got better, I felt stronger, I loved it, and I progressed very well," "I was surprised that many machines could be adjusted to suit a wheelchair user. I wouldn't have thought it possible."

-- Michelle, a participant in Westpark Fitness' UFIT program

"Our trainers that are teaching this program have found this to be one of the most rewarding things that they have done."

-- Kathy Guibord, Senior Director at the Atlantic Club

ACCESS Health: Cancer Wellness

A 6 week "train the trainer" program pairing fitness professionals with medical professionals to serve the health needs of cancer survivors.

ACCESS Health: Diabetes

A multi-dimensional wellness program using best practices from a health club-based diabetes program to improve health of people with diabetes.

ACCESS Health: Chronic Disease

Helping people at risk for chronic health issues to prevent chronic disease through exercise and positive lifestyle behaviors.

Our programs have made a difference and improved people's lives. But we need your support to help grow and expand our programs, making physical activity accessible and affordable for people living with chronic disease and disability. This will support health clubs in their efforts to reach people who need their programs and services the most. It will also position the health club industry as a critical solution to the physical inactivity and obesity epidemics.

How Clubs Can Get Involved

1. Help us continue and expand programs by making a monetary donation

2. Run an existing program at your facility. Right now clubs can enroll in the UFIT Champions program to receive mentoring and support and expand club services to people living with a physical or intellectual disability.

3. Partner with the IHRSA Foundation to study the effectiveness of an existing club program and expand it to other clubs. If you have a program that is making a difference in your members health and well-being, and you would be willing to work with the IHRSA Foundation to implement the program across other clubs, email to start a conversation.