Imagine meeting in a city where cultures collide in a brilliant explosion of flavors, emotions, and sounds. New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz, home to Creole cuisine and rich with history and culture. It is centrally located with a walkable downtown and world class convention facilities. And because most of the city’s restaurants, attractions, tours, accommodations and event venues are within walking distance of each other, it’s easy to get around the “Big Easy” and is the perfect setting for networking. Come enjoy the charm of New Orleans, all while attending a successful meeting in the Crescent City, Sportsman’s Paradise…the Big Easy.

Annual Conference

MFA 27th Annual International Conference

27 Years of Commitment; 27 Years of Care

November 7-9, 2018

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

MFA Host Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans Convention Center


NEW Event for 2018 Annual Conference: MFA Women’s Leadership Forum

November 7, 2018, 8-11 AM.

Note: This forum is FREE for MFA & WIFA members; $99 for non-members (price includes a 1-year WIFA Individual Membership).



MFA Annual Conference Registration Ticket Includes:

  • Over 100 Educational Seminars to choose from
  • Endless networking with like minded peers
  • Welcome Receptions hosted by MFA and Athletic Business
  • Participation in Round Table Discussions
  • Access to the 4th Annual Physician Track
  • Celebration for the 2018 Winners during the MFA Award Ceremony
  • Earn Continuing Education Credits
  • Enter to win raffle prizes by playing the MFA Bingo Game: the 2017 winner, Russell Allen, won the 2018 Free MFA Conference Registration Ticket! Who will win in 2018?
  • Gain access to over 250 Exhibitors

Participate in the MFA Poster Presentations

MFA Poster Presentations provide an opportunity to share best practices, successful programs and research findings. Posters will be selected by our Conference Committee. If your poster is accepted, you may attend the annual conference at the speaker rate of $150. That’s over $200 in savings!

Continuing Education Credits

  • ACE credits are pending
  • ACPM CME credits are pending
  • ACSM credits are pending
  • AKTA credits are pending
  • Certificates of Attendance will be available

Who Should Attend?

  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Physicians
  • Medical Directors
  • Group Fitness Instructors
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Kinesiotherapists
  • Fitness Center Directors and Managers
  • Medical Fitness Students
  • Marketing Directors
  • Personal Trainers
  • Aquatic and Childcare Staff
  • Registered Nurses
  • Healthcare Business Planners and Developers
  • Program Leaders
  • Hospital CEOS and Administrators
  • Clinicians/Rehab Specialists
  • Therapists

Trade Show

Features over 250 Booths.

With over 160,000+ sq ft of athletic and fitness solutions and 250+ exhibiting companies, you’re bound to find the products and services you need to effectively manage and equip your programs and facilities like a champ.

Exhibitors will bring the latest and greatest innovations the industry has to offer. As you walk down the aisles of the show floor, you’ll find state-of-the-art equipment, groundbreaking technology and thousands of products and services.

The Expo features an Innovation Station, Technology Pavilion, New Exhibitor Pavilion, Demo Stage, Free-Throw Court, Early-Morning Workout and Partner Pavilions all designed to maximize your experience and optimize fresh ideas you can take back with you.

Medical Fitness Association Welcome Reception – Wednesday, November 7

MFA members may attend the MFA Welcome Reception Social sponsored by Global Wellness Partner, Technogym.

Enjoy Spirits and appetizers at Mulates. The Original Cajun Restuarant of New Orleans!

Conference Attendee Testimonials

“Great conference – first large MFA conference I’ve attended. I could take something away from almost every seminar.”

“This conference is always AWESOME. It gets better and better every year.”

“First and foremost, I would like to say ‘Thank You’ for hosting and being active members of this event. The conference was alive with energy and the level of hospitality was extraordinary. The individuals at this conference collectively encompassed what it means to be a medical professional and the kind of passion needed to help others through physical fitness and rehabilitation therapy. Once again, thank you for the shared wisdom and the involvement in such a wonderful group of organizations!”

“As this was my first MFA annual conference, I was blown away by the amount of education. Truly motivational and uplifting as we continue to fight the healthcare issues.”

“By attending this annual event, I can proceed to further my groundwork at a fitness center expansion that is clinically integrated.”

“I’m looking forward to the next one. It truly is the Medical Fitness Industry Conference of the year!”