|By PR Newswire||
|December 30, 2013 09:00 AM EST||
TAMPA BAY, Fla., Dec. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- America has become known as an overweight country—according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 35.7 percent of U.S. adults are obese with a BMI of 30 or higher, and the annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008 (1). But for women in particular, the risks associated with obesity are increasingly detrimental—19.4% of women (19.2 million) are clinically obese, and 8.2% of women (8.7 million) report having diagnosed diabetes (2). To help women take the first step towards wellness and weight loss, elements® fitness for Women encourages a balanced approach to a healthy lifestyle. elements®, based in Miami, recently acquired a former SHAPES Fitness club in Seminole, Florida, that was on the brink of closure.
Because Shapes Fitness had already closed a Largo, Florida location and transferred the clients to Seminole, members were afraid they were going to close Seminole as well, until elements® fitness rescued the facility. elements® announced the takeover and capital enhancements to the facility on December 1. elements® acquired the 2,500 active members in the purchase and plans to offer re-joining incentives to the nearly 9,000 expired members, including their home-based weight loss programs.
The effects of obesity extend far beyond clothing size—obesity in women has been associated with an increased risk of cancer, infertility, sleep problems and lower wages (3). Surprisingly, the propensity for excessive weight gain is distributed fairly evenly throughout the entire U.S.:
- In Florida, 25 percent of adults are obese—the extra weight costs the state $6.6 billion, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Much of that cost is the result of missed work and lost productivity (4);
- Obesity was highest in the Midwest, where the regional rate was 29.5 percent;
- The South was close behind, at 29.4 percent;
- Some 25.3 percent of the Northeast was obese last year, with the West right behind with 25.1 percent obesity; and
- In 2000, there wasn't a single state with an obesity rate above 30 percent—but by 2012, there were 13 (5).
elements® hosts several classes and programs which encourage women to pursue a weight loss avenue that is designed to increase their overall health, rather than just decrease the number on the scale—elements® brand Founder Chris Palumbo says the purchase of the previous Shapes Fitness Club is a step which elements® believes will help more women reach their weight loss goals.
"Our acquisition of the new facility will include a complete overhaul of the facility and new additions – all former Shapes members will have access to the new additions as an extra value to their membership," said Palumbo. "With this newest location, elements® will be able to help more clients achieve optimum health and the lifestyle changes necessary to consistently maintain a high level of wellness."
elements® has a growing network of locations across the U.S. and internationally, including California, Massachusetts, Texas, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, North Dakota, Canada and the Middle East. elements® Seminole joins an extensive elements® family in South Florida, with a modern face, new amenities, renovations and new class options for members. elements® also has plans to open additional international locations in Latin America.
About elements® fitness:
elements® fitness is a premium fitness and lifestyle brand for women offering membership-based fitness and weight loss services through a network of contemporary, boutique-style health clubs. Founded in 2004, elements® differs from other health club providers in its "balanced lifestyle" approach to a healthy lifestyle, which includes three components: body, beauty, and mind. The company maintains proprietary design and brand trademarks, as well as proprietary operating, marketing, and software systems – available under a geography-based license agreement to qualified investors. In addition, the company maintains several important digital platforms, including an online "web club", a full-scale online monthly magazine, elements living online consumer guides, central owners' intranet, and digital club support platforms. elements® has a growing network of locations across the U.S. and internationally, including California, Massachusetts, Texas, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, North Dakota, Canada and the Middle East. elements® maintains its corporate offices in Miami's South Beach and also has plans to open additional international locations in Latin America. Visit www.elementsforwomen.com.
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- Hu, Frank. "Overweight and Obesity in Women: Health Risks and Consequences." Medscape.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Dec. 2013. medscape.com/viewarticle/452831.
- Neporent, Liz. "7 Surprising Effects of Obesity." Abcnews.go.com. ABC News Network, 12 June 2013. Web. 12 Dec. 2013. abcnews.go.com/Health/obesitys-surprising-effects/story?id=19376609.
- Jameson, Marni. "Companies Help Workers Drop Pounds, Boost Productivity." Articles.orlandosentinel.com. Orlando Sentinel, 17 Nov. 2013. Web. 16 Dec. 2013. articles.orlandosentinel.com/2013-11-17/business/os-cfb-obesity-government-role-business-20131117_1_wecare-tlc-productivity-orlando-health.
- Chokshi, Niraj. "Happy Thanksgiving! Watch America Get Fatter by State over 25 Years." Washingtonpost.com. The Washington Post, 27 Nov. 2013. Web. 13 Dec. 2013. washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2013/11/27/happy-thanksgiving-watch-america-get-fatter-by-state-over-25-years/.
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