Latest Updates (1/16/22)

The CFA team was busy in 2022 building the foundation for two very exciting initiatives in 2023:

    • Introducing legislation to get more Californians involved in physical activity
    • Launching the first CA Physical Fitness and Mental Well-Being month

Growing our membership is essential to increase our impact.  The more members, the bigger the impact. Please consider joining in 2023 and support advocating for the health of Californians and our industry.  


Educating our Elected Officials on the Importance of Physical Activity and the Fitness Industry

In 2022 the CFA Team met with California state legislators to advocate and educate on the essential role of physical activity and the fitness industry. As a result several Assemblymembers have agreed to author/sponsor legislation that will increase access to physical activity and fitness centers for many Californians.  



Fitness Facts

Mental and Physical Health go hand in hand

Watch this video to learn more about how physical health directly effects mental health. 


 Fitness and Physical Health

  • Physical activity is linked to lower risk of colon cancer, breast cancer and endometrial cancer. Source
  • Exercise, such as walking briskly, for 30 minutes a day can reduce the risk of developing diabetes by 30%. Source
  • Exercise can reduce the risk for developing both Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia, likely by increasing blood and oxygen flow to the brain. Source
  • Three-quarters of cardiovascular disease deaths could be prevented with adequate lifestyle changes, including physical activity. Source

Fitness and COVID-19

  • The risk of a coronavirus-related hospital death almost doubles for people with a body mass index of 30, the lowest level of obesity, and more than doubles for those with a BMI of 40 or more. Source
  • Among patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in the U.S., death rates were more than four times higher among those with diabetes or hyperglycemia than those without either condition. Source
  • Exercise is especially beneficial for older adults who are more susceptible to infection in general and have also been identified as a particularly vulnerable population during this COVID-19 outbreak. Source

Fitness and Mental Health

  • Exercise can play an important role in preventing and treating anxiety and depression. Source
  • 43% of Americans say exercise helps with mental stress. Source
  • Exercise may be a valuable complementary therapy to traditional therapy for severe depression. Source