IDEA® Health & Fitness Association proudly announces its participation in and full support of World Active. World Active, formerly the World Active Forum, is a worldwide platform, and future federation, that unites the health, fitness and physical activity sector globally.

“We are in full support of this collaboration with other global stakeholders,” says Amy Boone Thompson, owner & CEO, IDEA Health & Fitness Association. “Through World Active, and our unified efforts, we strive to align, empower and activate professionals/businesses and to further our collective mission of inspiring the world to move more and enjoy healthier lifestyles.”

Initially launched in June 2022, World Active brings together stakeholders from all continents to discuss the health and fitness industry’s common opportunities and challenges, speak with a unified voice, and promote health and well-being worldwide through collaboration and innovation. Organizations in the United States who currently support World Active include:

  • American Council on Exercise
  • Fitness Business Association
  • IDEA Health & Fitness Association
  • Medical Fitness Association

As World Active grows, it is expected to serve as a transparent and inclusive representative body to exchange best practices; enhance collaboration with international institutions, such as the World Health Organization; and discuss the latest dynamics and trends in and around the sector. World Active will enable information and knowledge-sharing among all of its stakeholders.

The first physical World Active gathering of representatives will culminate during FIBO Global Fitness in Cologne via the World Active Summit. The initial gathering reflects nearly a year of hard work by supporting organizations. The Summit will be a unique opportunity for key stakeholders from the sector all over the world to exchange best practices, network and learn from each other. The Chairs of World Active’s Working Groups will also present their work from the summer of 2022, as well as the short and long-term plans for their respective focus areas.

As part of its open-door policy, World Active invites all stakeholders who share its mission and vision to join its unifying global movement for the health, fitness and physical activity industry. By collaborating across the sector worldwide, the fitness and physical activity sector can overcome its challenges, effectively pursue its opportunities, and unfold its full potential as societal health and well-being. Based on its motto ‘more people, more active, more often’ World Active’s members, through their new global representative body, are firmly committed to working for a physically active, healthier world.

About IDEA Health & Fitness Association

IDEA® Health & Fitness Association has served as the world’s leading organization of fitness and wellness professionals for 40 years. We deliver world-class content and continuing education to fitness professionals, business owners and allied health professionals via our five publications, including the award-winning IDEA Fitness Journal. We also power fit pros through our fitness, business and nutrition conferences, and with hundreds of streaming videos and digital courses available on Additionally, with IDEA FitnessConnect, we have the largest national industry-wide directory linking over 275,000 fitness professionals to more than 40 million consumers. We Inspire the World to Fitness® with the passion and dedication of IDEA Members in more than 80 countries.


The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as a health advice. We would ask you to consult a qualified professional or medical expert to gain additional knowledge before you choose to consume any product or perform any exercise.


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