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Soda War

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Legal, Nutrition

October 23, 2015

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Bills requiring health-warning labels for sugar-sweetened beverages have thus far failed to become law but still succeeded in raising awareness.

The United States’ first two legislative measures seeking to add health-warning labels to sugar-sweetened beverages aren’t winning battles against Big Soda yet, sponsoring lawmakers conceded, but they are bolstering the war effort.

“It’s part of a national movement,” said Sen. Bill Monning, the Democrat who first… Continue Reading

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Sugar Science Solid

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Legal, Nutrition

September 09, 2015

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City of San Francisco cites science in asking court to dismiss American Beverage Association lawsuit challenging sugary-beverage ordinances.

The way Jim O’Hara sees it, it’s just like the lyrics of that 1960s song: “I fought the law and the law won.”

“Big Soda can’t fight the science. The science is clear and Big Soda’s gonna lose,” said the director of health promotion policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer-advocate organization based in Washington, D.C.

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Locking It Down: Part 2

By Lon Kilgore

In Affiliation, Legal

September 05, 2015

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Proponents of regulation fail to recognize the barriers to linking personal training to health care and third-party insurance payments.

As detailed in “Locking It Down,” the benefits of legislated licensing for personal training are minimal at best for both the public and personal trainers.

So why would personal trainers want their occupation to become a licensed profession? Many don’t, and many more haven’t even considered the issue.

The stark reality is personal trainers are not driving… Continue Reading

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Big Soda Fires Back

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Legal, Nutrition

August 18, 2015

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American Beverage Association sues San Francisco over health-warning language on ads for sugar-sweetened beverages.

It’s not the occasional 8-oz. soda that’s worrisome. It’s the fact that most people who drink soda guzzle much more than just one, noted Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University.

“Some studies find that even one 12-ounce soda a day is associated with an increased risk for type-2 diabetes,”… Continue Reading

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Locking It Down

By Lon Kilgore

In Affiliation, Legal

July 07, 2015

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Lon Kilgore examines the potential negative effects of licensing on the fitness industry—and those it serves.

Licensure for personal trainers has recently created a tremendous amount of banter, politicking and press.

In March 2014, Washington, D.C., became the first area to require licensure of personal trainers, although the law has not been enforced due to very confusing details and a subsequent review process. In May 2015, the Department of Health’s Physical Therapy… Continue Reading

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Unfit to Print?

By Emily Beers

In CrossFit, ExPhysiology, Legal

May 12, 2015

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Affiliate owners explain how the publication of shoddy science affects their businesses and the CrossFit brand.

It was just one short paragraph, but those five sentences have become the basis of two lawsuits.

The peer-reviewed study “CrossFit-Based High Intensity Power Training Improves Maximal Aerobic Fitness and Body Composition” was published November 2013 in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, the official journal of the National… Continue Reading

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The Best-Laid Plans

By Chris Cooper

In Affiliation, Legal

March 31, 2015

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A shareholders’ agreement can prevent problems, but few gyms have one. How can they help CrossFit affiliate owners?

New CrossFit affiliate owners sometimes consider taking a partner at startup. The burden of labor and risk can be lightened when spread across several broad shoulders, and pooling funds means avoiding the moneylender.

But sometimes the coach’s vision doesn’t match that of the investor, or circumstances change quickly. Other… Continue Reading

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In Affiliation, Legal

February 17, 2015

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D.C. CrossFit affiliates weigh in as District’s Council re-examines legislation.

The District of Columbia has paused enforcement of its law requiring licensure of so-called “personal fitness trainers” while it hammers out the details of what, exactly, it’s requiring.

The law—most often called the Omnibus Health Regulation Amendment Act—makes D.C. the country’s first municipality to require licensure of personal trainers.

First introduced Feb. 28, 2013, the legislation went into effect March… Continue Reading

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