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ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal: January-February 2010 - Volume 14 - Issue 1 - p 3
doi: 10.1249/FIT.0b013e3181c62158

Second Annual Medical Fitness Institute Scheduled; Testimonials from 2009 MFI Graduates; 2009 Professional Recognition Awards Announced; Visiting the new journal Web site.

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In response to the growing need for educated talented individuals to manage medically integrated health and fitness centers, the second annual Medical Fitness Institute (MFI) will be held June 9-12, 2010, at Vanderbilt University. The 3-day program sponsored by the Medical Fitness Association 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. Contact or call 804-897-5701 for more information.

"The Medical Fitness Institute was a very valuable event and unique in that the group was small enough that we could network and share so much information with the other attendees during and between all of the speakers. I liked that we were together as a group with every speaker. The speakers were incredible, covered a wide range of topics, and shared real-life experiences and events. Thanks for the terrific workshop!" - Kay Benward, supervisor, Healthplex-Capital Regional Medical Center.

"This event brought together people from different-sized facilities, locations, and populations. MFI gave me an opportunity to find out other information from larger and more experienced facilities. The scheduled activities were excellent and provided an opportunity for all of the attendees to really get to know each other from a personal aspect. I think [MFI] will be a great asset to anyone who can attend future conferences and I for one will do my best to be at every one." - Leland Kaimimoku, assistant director, West Texas Lifestyle & Rehab Center.

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The Medical Fitness Association recognized industry leaders during the recent Annual Conference in Orlando. The awards celebrate and honor the best and the brightest in medical fitness center management. Awards, in a variety of categories, identify those facilities, programs, and professionals deserving recognition for their achievements and contributions to the growing medical fitness industry.

Distinguished Achievement. Presented to those facilities who clearly serve as benchmarks for the industry and whose results others can emulate. There are several award categories based on facility size and length of operation.

  • Medical Fitness Center > 50,000 Sq.Ft.: Owensboro Medical Health System HealthPark, Owensboro, KY
  • Medical Fitness Center 20 to 50,000 Sq.Ft: East Texas Medical Center, Olympic Center, Tyler, TX

Distinguished Service. Awarded to those who have displayed significant leadership in the profession of hospital administrator and/or facility manager.

  • Jeff Jeran, facility director, Hampshire Wellness and Fitness, Romney, WV

Don Schneider Distinguished Service. Awarded for exceptional long-term volunteer service to MFA and the industry.

  • Jennifer Hopper
  • David Flench

Board of Directors Award. Presented to an organization or individual that has significantly advanced the medical fitness industry.

  • NuStep Inc

Program Innovation

  • Community Health Club, San Angelo, TX
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When was the last time you visited ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal® online? If you haven't been there recently, you should go and check out the new Journal platform from publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW). Here are some of the changes you will find during the next few months of your visits to

  • new presentation of content, such as featured articles, Editor's Picks, "Most Viewed" and "Most Emailed" papers, and more
  • new options for article delivery, including an enhanced HTML format for easier on-screen reading
  • new ways to customize the site, including saved searches, personal article collections, email and RSS alerts, and more
  • new capabilities, such as exporting references into your favorite citation manager and exporting figures from full-text articles into PowerPoint
  • ready access to upcoming topics and easy-to-find supplementary materials and media.

To access the Journal as an MFA member, simply go to On your first visit to the site, click on "Register" in the top right corner of the home page and follow the instructions. In the "Activate Subscription" section of the registration page, enter your member subscription number (e.g., MFAXXXXXXX), which can be found on the top left corner of the mailing label on your Journal. This one-time registration will allow you to save searches, create article collections, and much more for any journal published by LWW. The next time you visit the Journal site, simply log on by entering your LWW username and password.

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