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Roy, Brad Ph.D., FACHE, FACSM; Gallagher, Jim M.S.

ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal: March-April 2011 - Volume 15 - Issue 2 - p 26-30
doi: 10.1249/FIT.0b013e31820b548d

LEARNING OBJECTIVES From this article, the reader should understand the following concepts:

  • The start of medical fitness centers in the United States.
  • The origin of the Medical Fitness Association.
  • Significant events in the 20-year history of the Medical Fitness Association.

The Medical Fitness Association celebrates 20 years of service to medical fitness professionals and centers. This article reviews the background, origin, and significant milestones in the history of the Medical Fitness Association as well as future challenges and opportunities.

Brad A. Roy, Ph.D., FACSM, FACHE, is an administrator/vice president at Kalispell Regional Medical Center and oversees The Summit Medical Fitness Center, a 114,800-ft2 medical fitness center located in Kalispell, MT. He is the editor of the Medical Fitness Association's Standards and Guidelines for Medical Fitness Center Facilities and a past board chairman for the Medical Fitness Association.

Jim Gallagher, M.S., served as the interim executive director for the Medical Fitness Association from August to December 2010. He also served as an MFA board member from 2005 to 2010. He has managed several medical fitness centers during his career.

© 2011 American College of Sports Medicine.