Survey Demonstrates Significant Growth in Medical Fitness Industry
Once again, hospitals, physician groups, and other health-care organizations are reporting significant growth in their level of involvement in medically integrated fitness and wellness enterprises according to survey results in Benchmarks for Success 2006 (formerly the Industry Guide). Newly published by the Medical Fitness Association, Benchmarks identifies more than 875 medical fitness and wellness centers in the United States, Canada, and internationally, up from 715 in the 2004 survey. The growth in the number of centers also corresponds to an increase in the number of individuals being served by medical fitness facilities. The number of members was 1.9 million in 2004. Benchmarks for Success 2006 identifies 3 million members, and this statistic is expected to be more than 4 million by 2010.
Benchmarks for Success 2006 is the only national comprehensive survey of hospital and medically integrated fitness and wellness centers. The publication-designed for medical fitness and rehabilitation professionals, health-care business development executives, medical practitioners and others in the fields of fitness, wellness, and lifestyle management-provides a comprehensive overview of the state of the industry, serves as a starting point for benchmarking for medical fitness facilities, and can help guide the development of medical fitness center projects and collaborations.
"This publication is useful not only for current member centers, but also for executives of other facilities who are embracing 'the medical fitness difference'," said Chairman of the Medical Fitness Association Noel D. Nequin, M.D., FACSM, FAACVPR. "The numbers tell our stories. Over the past 3 years, we saw more members do more exercise in more centers in more states; many expanded facilities, or plans to expand facilities, with the corresponding rate of increase in capital investments; and centers expand their clinical and guest services with corresponding rates of growth in volumes and revenues."
MFA Chairman of the Board Receives Award
Congratulations to Noel D. Nequin, M.D., FACSM, FAACVPR, on receiving the L. Kent Smith Excellence in Clinical Practice Award conferred in September by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) during their 2006 Annual Meeting in Charleston, WV. Each year, this award is presented to an individual who has made significant and unique professional contributions which have had a major impact on the delivery of cardiovascular and/or pulmonary rehabilitation. The nominee has earned national prominence in his or her field with contributions spanning many years. Dr. Nequin's selection is in recognition of his many outstanding contributions to cardiovascular rehabilitation.
Medically integrated health and fitness centers across the country provide a variety of internship opportunities for exercise physiologists and clinical professionals. Interns can gain experience in the implementation and evaluation of wellness programs; conducting fitness assessments and developing exercise prescriptions; fitness center operations; disease management, cardiac rehabilitation, and physical therapy protocols; and, community program outreach. Visit the MFA Web site for a current list of centers accepting interns: www.medicalfitness.org.
The Medical Fitness Association is developing a network of State Captains who will work with Regional Chapter Chairmen to provide grassroots support for MFA and the medical fitness industry. Letters of interest and résumés are now being accepted. State Captains must be MFA members. Please contact [email protected] for more information.