The Medical Fitness Association is a professional membership based association dedicated to the success and delivery of medically supervised, integrated, outcomes and accountability-based fitness and exercise platforms. We are the only authentic organization dedicated to the medical fitness difference and integrated products and services as the prescription for better healthcare delivery. Medical Fitness Association provides service and support to medical fitness professionals by providing industry guidelines, continuing education programs, outcome data and benchmarks, facility certification, networking opportunities, and ongoing research.
What makes a medical fitness facility different from the traditional health club?
The Medical Fitness Association is committed to delivering the following values:
To be financially self-sustaining
Serve members and non-members
Be more than a building
Provide services to all ages within the community
Encourage social connectivity through fitness and wellness awareness
Be integrated with outpatient medical services
Recognize the importance of proper nutrition and diet with medical integration
Commitment to physician support and oversight
Who are your members?
The Medical Fitness Association membership is for anyone who has a commitment to the medical fitness industry. Our membership includes:
Hospital CEOs and administrators, hospitals, management companies, multipurpose facilities committed to physician support and oversight
Physicians, medical directors, clinicians, physical therapists, and nurse practitioners
Fitness center directors and managers, medical fitness professionals, and healthcare administrators
Students and professors in exercise science and related health care delivery programs
Why should I become a member?
Nobody keeps you more up-to-the-minute and aware about the medical fitness industry than Medical Fitness Association. No other membership offers you as much to grow professionally or advance your career in delivering this much-needed platform to serve your community. Join our email list and receive the latest news!
Benchmarks for Success
Access to in-depth research on the latest industry trends
Information on programs, practices, operations from medical fitness centers around the country and more
Vital data and leading edge resources help members formulate standards that optimize success
Professional Development and Guidelines for Operations
The Medical Fitness Association offers an Annual International Conference, Regional Chapter Meetings, webinars, and educational programs to provide unique learning and networking opportunities
Promoting the Difference
Medical Fitness Association membership offers the seal of approval that people can trust
Educate the public of the advantage and innovative services a medically integrated health and fitness center can offer to it’s community
Identifies your organization as a leader in proactive healthcare
Do I have to be a certified facility to become a member of the Medical Fitness Association?
Not at all! The Medical Fitness Association offers several levels of membership for all members of the medical fitness community. However, we do encourage medically integrated centers, who are ready to take the next step of receiving the seal of approval for meeting the highest industry standards, to seek facility certification.
Does the Medical Fitness Association have a list of preferred companies?
The Medical Fitness Association supports its Best Practice Partners. We have a list of our partners on our homepage. We encourage and promote our partners, because they are committed to the philosophy and spirit in delivering medically based fitness and exercise platforms. Members needing products and services should consider these companies that deliver exemplary services to our members and facilities.
What is the Medical Fitness Center Facility Certification?
The Medical Fitness Association Facility Certification program launched in 2008 in the United States. In 2012, the program launched internationally with Companhia Athletica in Brazil and Nuffield Health in the United Kingdom. They are currently 42 Certified Facilities around the globe.
First certification offered specifically to facilities in the medical fitness industry that provides physician approval and referral.
Certification process involves an in-depth review of a facility’s adherence to the prescribed standards and guidelines for delivering a medically sponsored, integrated, accountability based fitness and exercise platform.
Certification process is an integral part of ensuring the quality and safety of the facility’s programs and services that are necessary to meet the vital role that medical fitness centers perform.
Recognized as the mark of excellence in the health and fitness industry.
What are the Fitness Facility Director Credentials?
The Medical Fitness Association saw the need to improve the professionalism in management throughout the fitness industry and to that end created two Management Credentials for the Fitness Industry. As American healthcare evolves over the next decade, a greater emphasis on prevention and health risk management will begin to take center stage. We want to help all fitness facilities be prepared to safely handle the referrals that may come their way. The two credentials, the Fitness Facility Director Certification (FFD) and the Medical Fitness Facility Director Certification (MFFD), were developed to help prepare the entire industry for this transformation of health care. The exams are based on 9 primary tasks of the facility manager and over 150 knowledge statements. More information is available under the certifications tab on the MFA website.
The Fitness Facility Director Certification is designed to enhance the knowledge of directors of health and fitness facilities throughout the entire fitness industry and to introduce a few concepts surrounding medical fitness. This is the foundational credential for management and is a pre-requisite before being able to sit for the second exam.
The Medical Fitness Facility Director Certification is specifically designed for managers and directors of medically integrated fitness facilities who understand the importance of prevention, exercise as medicine and full integration of their facilities into the local continuum of care. This credential covers the same content areas as the Fitness Facility Director, but delves more specifically into the clinical aspects of providing medically integrated programming throughout the entire facility.
What is the Medical Fitness Week and can my facility participate?
A Medical Fitness Association initiative, designed to promote an increase in physical activity levels in all ages and to highlight the medical fitness difference. During this international event, medical fitness centers and communities are asked to offer programming that focuses on teaching families the skills they need to develop healthy lifestyle habits. We encourage all our members to have their facility participate in a number of ways including:
Local School Activities
Senior Citizen Participation
Many facilities choose to participate by entering in the Aspire 2012 National Walking Challenge: 70,000 Steps in 7 Days. This program 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 fundraiser 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. There are two categories in this program, total steps and the average step per person. This program takes place once a year in April.
What is the Medical Fitness Institute?
Once a year, the Association offers an inclusive three day program that is dedicated to educating future industry leaders.
Focuses on a curriculum directly related to the operational success of medical fitness centers that can make all the difference in the future success of your facility and your career.
This year’s program was held in June 2012 at the Richmond Convention Center.
What are the Medical Fitness Association Regional Chapters? What region does my facility belong to?
Within the Medical Fitness Association there are six regional chapters which act as components of the Association. Regional Chapters allow professionals in the medical fitness industry to network more directly and frequently. Medical Fitness Association also collaborates with IHRSA affiliates, NEHRSA, and MACMA to provide additional regional meetings throughout the year.
Introduce potential members to the Medical Fitness Association
Develop future leaders for the Medical Fitness Association
Broaden participation in the Medical Fitness Association activities nationally
Provide educational opportunities for all Medical Fitness Association members
Share information with colleagues in the region
Input on public policy positions
Participate in discussions on the Medical Fitness Association’s role in public education, public relations, healthcare policy and reimbursement issues
What publications do you offer?
The Medical Fitness Association offers the following publications:
Medical Fitness Association’s Standards and Guidelines for Medical Fitness Center Facilities
Published in conjunction with Health Learning, this expanded edition of the Standards and Guidelines features a set of nationally derived parameters that are applicable to the design and operation of a medical fitness center. Included are sample job descriptions, a Facility Certification checklist, policies and procedures, and industry resources. If your facility is planning to apply for certification, we highly recommend the purchase of this publication.
Benchmarks for Success
Benchmarks for Success, the eighth edition, is the most comprehensive, up-to-date resource of its kind in the medical fitness industry. It provides a broad and valuable range of information about medical fitness centers across the country, including facility features, programming, financial data and membership information. The guide provides statistics on the growth and profitability of the industry that are especially pertinent to the development, staffing, management, programming, and marketing of medical fitness centers.
A comprehensive review of medical fitness industry staff salaries and benefits. The report includes compensation analysis for managers and online staff as well as data on aquatics, massage, yoga, personal training, and medical day spas.
The 2011 CEO Report consists of in-depth interviews with Chief Executive Officers of hospitals that operate medical fitness facilities to gain a more complete perspective into the purposes and operations of the Medical Fitness Association.
Where can I find the Medical Fitness Association W-9 Form?
Students and professors in exercise science and related health care delivery programs
Where can I register for upcoming events, such as webinars, the Medical Fitness Institute, Regional Meetings, Medical Fitness Week or the Annual International Conference?
Please go to our events calendar and click on the event you would like to attend and complete the necessary registration form(s). You will receive an automated email with more information on the event you have registered for.
How can I interact with other members?
The Medical Fitness Association website offers many ways to connect with your colleagues. Members are able to friend each other, upload avatars, and send personal messages. Another great way to network is by asking questions or sharing ideas in our Member Groups. Some are public and others are private.
How much are CECs and CMEs with a membership?
With a Medical Fitness Association membership, all CECs and CMEs are complimentary. Please note that approved credits and contact hours will differ from each webinar or event.
I can‘t seem to find my facility in the Facility Locator. Why isn’t it there?
Our facility locator is a work in progress. Please contact us if your facility is not in the directory.
Can my facility purchase an ad for a job opening?
We offer job opening advertising for all facilities. Current members receive preferred pricing by logging in and visiting our Career Center Store. Once you purchase and submit an ad, it will be approved and appear in our Career Center.
How do I become more involved in the Medical Fitness Association?