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MFA HAS A NEW LOOK

The Medical Fitness Association (MFA) has a new logo and a new look! The new logo is an image of energy representing a dynamic organization and a dynamic membership. The medical fitness industry is growing, and our member centers - hospitals and medically integrated facilities - now have a new tool to effectively market the medical fitness difference in their communities.

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HAS IT BEEN 30 YEARS?

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On November 19, 2008, Integris Health PACER Fitness Center in Oklahoma City, OK, celebrated its 30th year as the first hospital-based fitness center in the country. The industry salutes PACER and the hospitals that had a vision for the future and created an opportunity for others.

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MFA FACILITY CERTIFICATION FOR MEDICAL FITNESS CENTERS

Last year, MFA launched the first facility certification for the health and fitness industry - a groundbreaking initiative. Recently, MFA opened its facility certification program to all medical fitness facilities, regardless of whether they are MFA members. The MFA made this decision to provide a mechanism for all health and fitness facilities to benchmark their programs and services against standards and guidelines designed specifically for medically integrated fitness centers.

"Certified medically integrated fitness centers feature the professional expertise and programming necessary to safely and effectively assist all people, regardless of their current health status, to develop, initiate, and maintain an active lifestyle that minimizes risk and promotes health and wellness. The MFA seal of approval assures consumers the facility has met the highest standards of quality and service and will offer them an appropriate and effective health and wellness experience," says Brad A. Roy, Ph.D., FACSM, FACHE, MFA Board chair and vice president/administrator at Kalispell Regional Medical Center and The Summit in Kalispell, MT.

Certification details are available at www.medicalfitness.org or call 804-897-5701 to request an application.

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STANDARDS & GUIDELINES FOR MEDICAL FITNESS CENTER FACILITIES RELEASED

MFA, in conjunction with Healthy Learning, one of the world's leading publishers of books and instructional materials for health and fitness professionals, has introduced an expanded edition of the original Standards. The new publication provides a comprehensive appendix of sample forms and materials for use in preparing a facility for certification and features a set of nationally derived parameters that are applicable to the design and operation of a medical fitness center (www.healthylearning.com).

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MEDICAL FITNESS INSTITUTE - REGISTER TODAY

The first-ever Medical Fitness Institute will be held in June 2009 at Vanderbilt University. The three-day program will focus on a variety of topics directly related to the operational success of medical fitness centers. Seminars will include marketing, recruiting, and retention of staff, clinical integration, aspects of the medical fitness difference, facility certification, and strategic planning - all geared to the medical fitness model and medically integrated facilities. Space is limited. Deadline to register is May 15. Contact info@medicalfitness.org or call 804-897-5701 for more information.

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ROBERT D. BOONE AWARD OF MERIT

Call for Submissions

This annual award is presented to an individual/investigator that has made a significant contribution in defining benchmarks for the medical fitness industry in the area of outcomes measurement, best practices, or clinical research.

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Application Guidelines

Must be an MFA member affiliated with a recognized medical fitness facility or on the staff of a facility or hospital that is an MFA member in good standing and must complete the official application, answer all questions, and submit the application before July 31, 2009.

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Winner Receives

* Complimentary registration, transportation, hotel accommodations, and meals for the Annual Conference where the award will be presented

* Press and media coverage

* Opportunity to present findings during the Annual Conference

* Article in ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®, the official journal of MFA.

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Evaluation Criteria

* Program, practice, or research provides benchmarking data as well as application of new thinking.

* Application addresses at least one of the following categories: outcomes measurement, best practices, or clinical research.

* Program has demonstrated a significant impact on business operations, member retention, disease management, community health status, or medical integration.

* Program, practice, or research is reproducible.

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SAVE THE DATE!

MFA's 15th Annual Conference

In conjunction with the Athletic Business Conference & Expo, December 2 to 5, 2009, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL.

© 2009 American College of Sports Medicine

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