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ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal: February 2011 - Volume 15 - Issue 1 - p 3
doi: 10.1249/FIT.0b013e318201c252
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A growing need exists for educated, talented individuals to manage medically integrated health and fitness centers. The Medical Fitness Association (MFA) conducts the only training program for managers and those aspiring to manage medically integrated fitness centers. The third annual Medical Fitness Institute (MFI) will be held in late May/early June 2011 at Vanderbilt University. The 3-day program sponsored by the MFA 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 [email protected] or call 804-897-5701 for more information.

“Anyone who attends this workshop is guaranteed to bring back information to make a difference in your facility. I have attended a number of workshops in the past 15 years, and this is one of the best I have attended.”

Philip Raper, M.S.H.A., N.M.M.C. Wellness Center

“The MFI was an excellent opportunity to interact with the top seasoned leaders in the industry and be able to learn how to implement medical fitness business best practices. Furthermore, the mentoring and networking relationships serve an invaluable long-term resource for future management success. I believe any manager or director can benefit from this well-executed annual event.”

Art Slowinski, Director of Operations, Galter LifeCenter


The MFA recognized industry leaders during the recent annual conference in San Diego. The awards celebrate and honor the best and brightest in medical fitness center management. Awards in a variety of categories identify those facilities, programs, and professionals deserving recognition for their achievement and contributions to the growing medical fitness industry.

Distinguished Achievement. Presented to those facilities that 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.

Galter LifeCenter, Chicago, IL.

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

Francie Habash, Program Director, Galter LifeCenter, Chicago, IL.

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

Hank Boerner, North Mississippi Medical Center Wellness Center, Tupelo, MS

Sandy Boone, Powell Wellness Center, Culpeper, VA.

Robert Boone Award of Merit. Ashley Honeycutt and Shelly Wegman — The Healthy Way Program, Rex Wellness Center of Raleigh, Raleigh, NC.

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

Meritage Health Care Strategies.

Program Innovation. “Wellness 180” — Lake Forest Health and Fitness Center of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital.


The MFA is looking for the next generation of leaders. Do you have a staff member or supervisor at your facility who always goes above and beyond your expectations and has a sincere interest in medical fitness? If your answer is “yes,” then you have a candidate for the MFA’s Rising Star Award.

The Rising Star Award is presented to deserving individuals in each of the MFA regions. The program recognizes outstanding individual achievement and leadership within the medical fitness community. Award winners receive one year complimentary membership to MFA and a certificate for display. Awards are presented in two categories: front-line staff and supervisor/coordinator.

Criteria for Rising Star Award

Nominees should:

  • continually exceed performance expectations
  • suggest unsolicited procedural and budgetary recommendations and participate in the planning process
  • actively pursue personal, professional, and intellectual growth opportunities
  • demonstrate sincere interest in the medical fitness client and profession and seek promotion to the next level of responsibility within their organization/field.


  • Front-line staff must have been in their current position for 6 months before nomination.
  • Supervisor/coordinator must have been in their current position for 12 months before nomination.
  • Nominees do not need to be MFA members, although their facility, or nominating coworker, must be an MFA member.
  • Previous award winners are not eligible within the same award category.

Winners will be announced at each regional chapter meeting. Nomination forms are available on the MFA Web site at

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