Park Proximity and Participation

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Over the past ten years, obesity has become an increasingly serious issue in America, and sports participation has suffered slightly as more Americans become inactive. Thankfully, the sports and fitness industry is one of the most resilient industry’s in the world and is perfectly capable of weathering a minor blip. As for the cause of this slow down, many are quick to point at the increased popularity of video games or the meteoric rise of Facebook, Twitter and the like. But regardless of what one may point at to be the true “cause” of the drop in sports participation and rise in obesity, we here at SFIA are constantly analyzing data for solutions. And we may have a new one for you….

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Made in America: Part 2

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Made in America Series, Part 2: How it was Done

The above infographic was the ultimate goal of our Made in America project. It shows every SFIA member company that manufactures in the United States and where exactly those companies manufacture their products. In white states, there are no SFIA member companies manufacturing their products, in yellow states there is a single SFIA member company factory, in green states there are 2-3 SFIA member company factories, in light blue states there are 4-9 SFIA member company factories, and in our two navy blue states (Massachusetts and Illinois) there are over 10 SFIA member factories. Illinois leads the way with a whopping total of 14 factories alone. In total, we found 76 SFIA member companies that produced their products (or at least some of their products) here in America. All 76 of those companies can be seen in the above infographic. If you’re wondering how exactly we can to that number, we’re about to tell you.

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