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doi: 10.1249/FIT.0b013e3182335388

MFA launches new Web site; Medical Fitness Week winners announced; Stepping Out winners announced.

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The new Medical Fitness Association (MFA) Web site went live on July 17 to positive reviews. The continually revising interactive site features a growing bank of rich, relevant content including articles, free member Webinars that will archive, and discussion and group forums and allows you to construct a personal and professional profile there. The site includes full automation and online commerce opportunities as well.

MFA Executive Director and founder of Operation FitKids, Ken Germano, stated, “as a service provider building memorable member experiences, we have taken one step forward in doing just that. We always seek to know and learn what our members are thinking in regard to the fully integrated, outcomes and accountability based delivery of medical fitness and now, they have a new and easier way to achieve this on a 365, 24/7 basis.”

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In April 2011, MFA successfully produced its seventh annual Medical Fitness Week. The goal of this initiative is to promote and increase physical activity opportunities for all age groups starting at children through older adults inside our nation’s schools and outside through medical fitness facilities into our communities underscoring the importance of the medical fitness difference.

During this international event, medical fitness facilities, schools, and communities are invited to offer programming that focuses on teaching students and families the behaviors they need to develop toward healthy lifestyles and well-being.

Facilities can participate in a number of ways including health fairs, educational seminars, demonstrations, open houses, local school activities, and senior citizen participation. Many facilities choose to participate by entering in the “Steppin’ Out… for a Lifetime” National Walking Challenge:70,000 Steps in 7 Days.

The “Steppin’ Out… for a Lifetime” National Walking Challenge: 70,000 Steps in 7 Days encourages local communities to get up and move by striving for 70,000 steps in 7 days from each participant. Centers can use this event as a fund-raiser and donate all monies raised to local programs and scholarship funds in the fight against obesity or other health-related issues. The challenge involves wearing a pedometer and tracking how many steps a day a person is achieving. The community who achieves the most steps in the 7 days receives national recognition through press releases, the MFA Web site, and the 2011 Annual Conference in Orlando where we invite and hope to see you all.

Beach Cities Health District members in California recorded the highest amount of total steps, whereas the Vanderbilt Dayani Center for Health and Wellness Center in Tennessee finished with the highest average steps per person. The 5,556 Beach City participants walked a total of 317,151,149 steps. Vanderbilt Dayani members averaged 123,627 steps during the 7-day challenge.

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Total Steps

  1. Beach Cities Health District, CA
  2. Providence Health & Services, OR
  3. Community Hospital Fitness Pointe, IN
  4. Galter Life Center, IL
  5. Wilfred R. Cameron Center, PA
  6. The Center for Health Improvement, KS
  7. East Texas Medical Center–Olympic Center, TX
  8. Saint Francis Medical Center, Fitness Plus, MO
  9. Trover Fitness Formula, KY
  10. The Fitness Center at Highpoint Regional, NC
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Average Steps Per Person

  1. Vanderbilt Dayani Center for Health and Wellness, TN
  2. North Mississippi Medical Center, Wellness Center, MS
  3. Owensboro Medical Health Center, KY
  4. East Texas Medical Center–Olympic Center, TX
  5. Aspirus, WI
  6. Galter Life Center, IL
  7. Water’s Edge Health and Wellness Center, OR
  8. Florida Hospital, FL
  9. The Fitness Center at Highpoint Regional, NC
  10. Davis-Monthan AFB Fitness Center, AZ

Congratulations to all of the Medical Fitness Centers and the more than 14,000 participants of the MFA 2011 Steppin’ Out Challenge.

© 2011 American College of Sports Medicine.