Breaking Down the PHIT (Personal Health Investment Today) Act

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On Friday, September 15th, I had the opportunity to chat with Jeff Perkins, Assistant Vice President of Government Relations for IHRSA (International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association) regarding the PHIT (Personal Health Investment Today) Act.

The PHIT Act promotes physical activity and creates incentives for healthy living from children all the way up through seniors. PHIT will allow Americans to use flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and health savings accounts (HSAs) to pay for health club memberships, fitness equipment and youth sports leagues. If passed, individuals could use up to $1,000 and families could use up to $2,000 per year of their HSA or FSA for physical activity expenses making recreation sports and health club memberships more affordable. More affordable exercise equals more physically active, happier, and healthier Americans. The goal of PHIT is to get Americans off the couch and to encourage them to get active.

The Case for PHIT:

  • 80 million Americans (28%) aged 6+ are physically inactive
  • Only 1 in 3 children are physically active each day
  • Less than 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day

The Cost of Physical Inactivity:

  • 86% of national healthcare spending goes to treat chronic diseases, many of which are preventable with exercise and healthy habits.
  • Chronic diseases are projected to cost America $2 trillion in medical expenses and another $794 billion in lost employee productivity every year through 2030.

Take a minute to view this 30-minute webcast from Perkins and let your voice be heard! Learn more at http://hub.ihrsa.org/phit-act.

The Daxko Membership Index: The Source for National Nonprofit Trends

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In order for any data to be meaningful, you need to know: “Compared To What?”.  

We all instinctively know this. When looking at data, it’s intuitive to ask questions about how that number was different yesterday, last month, and last year. We do this to understand if something is good or bad, growth or regression, trend or exception. 

Think about it for a few minutes more and questions similar to “How does this compare to other organizations like mine? To my field as a whole?” emerge. We ask these questions to gain of sense of relativity and approximate performance. 

The Daxko Membership Index provides a monthly view into national and regional membership trends based on the largest set of nonprofit operational data in the U.S. It empowers you to: 

  • Gain insights into market-wide performance
  • Benchmark your organization’s results against regional peers
  • Track and compare membership trends over time 

For example, in the July publication:

  • Membership is up nationally compared to the same month last year. That increase is due to: 
    • Comparative growth in the Midwest, Northeast and Western regions of the country
  • Membership is slightly lower nationally compared to June, the previous month. That modest decrease is due to: 
    • Seasonal trends in membership joins and renewals
    • Fewer terminated memberships compared to the previous month  

Daxko has the largest repository of YMCA data and we want to put that data to work for you. Our Daxko Index is just a piece of our overall data story. Stay tuned as we release exciting new data and insights for you and your team and visit http://daxko.com/decision-analytics to learn what else we’re working on in terms of data for your YMCA, JCC, or community center.

Keep Your Data Safe: Unattended Workstation Standards

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Ensure that your staff never leave a workstation unlocked or unattended. Each workstation contains access to your most precious assets: your member and organization’s data. While much focus is placed on cybersecurity efforts to prevent malware or viruses, it is equally important to focus on the individual using the workstation. A computer is the most vulnerable when a user that is logged into the network leaves it unattended. It is possible for unauthorized access to applications to result in changes to data, fraudulent use, installing malware, etc. One cannot know who is going to be in the vicinity of a workstation, especially in high traffic areas, such as a front desk or a welcome center. Workstations located near these areas especially need to be secured. We recommend the following unattended workstation standards:

  • When leaving a workstation unattended, even if only for a few minutes it is best practice to lock your workstation with a password
  • Implement a password protected screen saver to run after a period of inactivity. PCI (Payment Card Industry) compliance states 15 minutes if idle
  • If the workstation needs to be unattended, such as a check-in station, only allow access to that particular page with no additional permissions or access
  • At the end of each shift log off all applications, systems, and networks for your workstation.

About Daxko Cybersecurity

Our sophisticated architecture and stringent security policies protect our customers’ data from any outside intruders. Some of the ways Daxko keeps your data safe include:

  • Multi-tier data security architecture with Layer 7 Firewalls
  • Intrusion Detection System (IDS) providing 24/7/365 monitoring and alert escalation
  • Dedicated onsite security teams at each data center providing 24/7/365 support
  • Incident management and escalation teams with formal tested plans to quickly resolve any issues
  • All communication and application access occur via secure and encrypted channels, web and web services communication use the HTTPS protocol, and file transfers use SFTP
  • Access is tightly controlled, monitored, logged and limited to authorized team members.

Daxko is:

  • Certified at the highest Level of PCI DSS Level 1 – Global Registry of Validated Providers
  • Audited and Certified SSAE 18 (SOC 1)
  • Audited annually by a certified third party QSA (Quality Security Assessor)
  • Performing enterprise logging and scheduled penetration testing
  • Providing multi-vector, multi-site transactional monitoring and performance testing

What’s our Secret Ingredient?

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Last week, Daxko announced that more clubs on the Club Industry Top 100 list use Daxko Spectrum than any other software. Daxko has the recipe for success for continuous growth and efficiency. We deliver the most comprehensive software solutions and experienced services to more kinds of member-based organizations than any other provider, whether a YMCA, a 10,000-member facility in a national chain, or a single site boutique.

We focus on three key areas of our business – product, processes and people. We are continually collaborating with customers to learn the needs of the ever-changing industry. We are committed to making Daxko Spectrum, DaxkoFit. Daxko has excelled in our core market of the YMCA and JCC space for 16+ years, and now we bringing that experience and insight to the health and wellness

industry. We work in an agile environment and are continuously reviewing and improving processes to deliver top-notch product performance, reliability and platform improvements. Last, but certainly not least, we believe that delivering exceptional customer experiences starts with creating and maintaining the right culture. Our commitment to fostering an environment of transparency, ingenuity, grit, and collaboration has enabled us to build a team of highly-talented and passionate individuals. With each person rowing in the same direction in pursuit of the same mission, enduring success for all happens naturally.

So, what is that secret ingredient that makes clubs want to choose Daxko Spectrum? Could it be our award-winning Services team dedicated to delivering exceptional experiences day-in and day-out, or our Product Strategy team that is laser focused on the development of Daxko Spectrum? Just like grandma, we are not going to share our secret ingredient that makes Daxko Spectrum so special. You’ll have to schedule an Executive Overview to find out how Daxko Spectrum can meet all your facility needs!