Schuette issues alert with ‘Lose Weight, Not Money'

Shawn D. Lewis
The Detroit News

Vowing to eat more broccoli and drop 10 pounds this year?

Attorney General Bill Schuette is advising exercisers that before signing up for that health club, beware.

“Many Michigan citizens have made resolutions to adopt healthier lifestyles in the New Year,” he said in a news release. “Some health clubs may see New Year’s resolutions as an opportunity to take advantage of people who are genuinely trying to make a positive lifestyle change. That’s why I encourage everyone to take their time to carefully review all the information before making the decision to join a health club.”

There were 61 complaints filed with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division in 2014 from Michigan consumers against health clubs and fitness centers, according to the release. The majority of complaints involved discrepancies between what consumers say they were told by sales personnel and what the signed contract actually guaranteed.

Some of the guidelines Schuette said should be followed include: Ask whether a month-to-month or other short-term contract or trial membership is available. Make sure you understand cancellation and refund policies before signing the contract. Shop around and do a background check on the companies.

Schuette’s consumer alert, Lose Weight, Not Money, is available online at www.michigan.gov/ag.

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