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MFA leaders participate in a health promotion forum in Beijing, China, and the Medical Fitness Week winners are announced.
Health Promotion Forum, Beijing, China
Leaders from the Medical Fitness Association (MFA) participated in the third annual China Health Promotion Forum held in Beijing this past May. The Forum is designed to promote research, education, and development in health management in China and has become the primary resource for health management exchange in the country. MFA was invited to share its expertise in the areas of wellness and disease management based on programs and services available in the United States. The MFA delegation included Noel D. Nequin, M.D., FACSM, FAACVPR; Cary Wing, Ed.D.; and Timm Jamieson, FAIA.
China has undergone rapid social and economic growth during the past 20 years. However, wellness and disease management concepts are relatively new in China. The central government has released policies to encourage health insurance companies and health care delivery systems to promote wellness and prevention programs. The Chinese Medical Association and Peking University International Hospital in Beijing and Reward Health Insurance Inc. in Shanghai hosted several events, which provided opportunities for the MFA delegation to discuss successful health care operational models and to exchange ideas on how to meet the challenges of chronic disease and obesity. There are initiatives under way in China for the development of medical fitness centers and increased insurance coverage for individuals. MFA was asked to share its knowledge in this area and to establish ties to companies here in the United States that would be interested in the international market.
Medical Fitness Week 2006 Winners
Communities and organizations across the country participated in Medical Fitness Week, April 24 to 30. The national walking challenge, "Steppin' Out: 70,000 Steps in 7 Days," attracted all ages and all abilities. The top three winners in each category were determined based on the total number of steps walked by all participants and by the average number of steps for each participant. In addition to creating healthier communities, more than $14,500 was raised for programs such as the Michael J. Fox Foundation and Shape Up America. As Mary Holm, P.T., wrote, "….Steppin' Out was a great success in our community. It generated a lot of conversation, increased activity, and motivated inactive folks. Great ideas from MFA!"
MFA congratulates the following organizations for their participation and for their desire to improve the health status of the communities they serve. We invite everyone to participate in Medical Fitness Week 2007, April 23 to 29. Mark your calendars now!
Winners With the Highest Total Number of Steps
* Community Health Club, San Angelo, TX: 167,534,543 steps
* Hays Medical Center-CHI, Hays, KS: 68,868,910 steps
* RMH Wellness Center, Harrisonburg, VA: 57,920,813 steps
Winners With the Highest Average Number of Steps:
* McGuire, A.F.B., NJ: 88,008 steps
* Danis-Monthan Air Force Base, AZ: 84,030 steps
* Fitness Forum, Plymouth, IN: 80,067 steps
As all MFA members know, there is much discussion concerning "medical fitness" these days and the potential for facilities to offer programs and services in this area. MFA was critical in developing the medical fitness model, and during the course of the next year, we will be expanding the scope of the model for everyone in the health and fitness industry to emulate. There are endless possibilities as MFA solidifies its place as the premier resource organization for medical fitness.