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Submitted 6-28-16 by MFA Certified Facility Member, Karin Whalen
Wellness Institute - Winnipeg, Canada

The Wellness Institute partnered with the Canadian Diabetes Association, hosting a successful event!


In April 2016, over 450 community members attended a Diabetes Expo aimed at diabetes education, prevention and management.  Admittance was free.  Dr. Saunders, Medical Director at the Wellness Institute, and Dr. Ali Zentner, Medical Director of the Live Well Medical and Exercise Clinics in lower mainland B.C. and the Medical Director of the Vancouver Bariatric Program, were the two Keynote speakers.  A wide variety of health exhibitors along with Wellness Institute professional staff promoted services and products to aid in overall diabetes management. Attendees feedback was extremely positive with the balance between the tradeshow exhibits and keynote speakers appreciated.


For more event details, including agenda and speaker bios, please see:


Submitted 10-5-15 by MFA Best Practice Partner, Bob Stauble 
Healthtrax Fitness and Wellness - New Jersey

Halthtrax was named the Best Fitness Center in Washington Township, New Jersey from the South Jersey Times Reader's Poll. This picture was taken at the Kennedy Health and Wellness Center. 

Submitted 9-9-15 by MFA Certified Facility Member Betty Durochik
Franciscan Omni - Illinois 

Basketball coaches gets all the children excited while going over how this program will help change their lives. And Chicago Bulls Coaches go over some of dribbling techniques of playing the game.  


Submitted 8-24-15 by MFA Facility Member Mary Frank
Cincinnati Sports Club - Ohio

The Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly 6th Annual Senior Prom was held at the Cincinnati Sports Club in May 2015.  The evening included a night of music, a buffet dinner and dancing.  This organization is dedicated to relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly.


Submitted 8-19-15 by MFA Best Practice Partner Bob Stauble
Healthtrax Fitness and Wellness - Connecticut

Since 1979 Healthtrax has been a leader in Fitness & Wellness and has once again been voted Best Fitness in Connecticut.


Submitted 8-15-15 by MFA Member Mallory Carteaux 
Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources
 - Florida

In the past 6 months we have been able to bring free health and fitness programs to our community through wellness screenings in our County's libraries as well as a free Beach Yoga class once a month. These programs have been wildly successful, as we have been able to reach upwards of 50-70 people at a time. Instead of expecting people to come to our facility, we are able to bring the benefits of health and fitness to them in other locations around the community and people love it! They are always asking for more and we aim to provide as much as we can! Once a month, the fitness coordinators visit one of the County Libraries to provide free blood pressure, body fat, weight, height, and circumference screenings. By going out into the community we are able to spread the word of health, but also encourage people to come back into the facility to improve their numbers.


Submitted 8-15-15 by MFA Member Mallory Carteaux 
Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources - Florida

The last Wednesday of every month from March through October we are hosting a free beach yoga class! On average, 50 participants show up each month with their towels and yoga mats to spend an hour stretching, moving, breathing, relaxing and enjoying nature with us! 
Beach Yoga has grown from a pilot program of 20 people last year, to a monthly series attracting crowds of upwards of 70 people in 2015. Participants are of all ages, from kids and their parents, to teens and seniors. Everyone can benefit from the practice of yoga, and we encourage everyone to attend, free of charge.




Submitted 8-13-15 by MFA Best Practice Partner, Bob Stauble
Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness - Connecticut

Annette entered Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness walking in with a cane; 100lbs heavier knowing she needed to change and join the center. Today, we are celebrating her accomplishments with a 100 Pounds Lost Party at the Center in her honor. She is walking without the cane, she is using the stairs, and she participates in Silver Sneakers, Group Groove, and Aqua Aerobics classes. Annette spent endless hours at Healthtrax making use of all that was available to her as she built her strength and endurance. She built strength using our trainer supervised Express Circuit, and did as much as she could on the recumbent bike and in the pool. During those days she built rapport with staff and fellow members, while closely studying all the trainers. Every time she came in it seemed like she was doing something she could not the week before. I haven’t met anyone quicker to give a great compliment to a complete stranger, and she has taught me the wonderful power in those positive comments, and how important it is to regularly give genuine, heartfelt praise to others. Annette always talks about how she felt welcomed into our “gym” environment and how Healthtrax became her second family and home away from home for this 100 pound journey. - Forever inspired as a trainer & as a person, HENRI 

Submitted 5-12-15 by MFA Certified Facility Member Kristin Walters
Galter LifeCenter - Illinois 

Mary Gallagher never learned how to swim when she was growing up in Bunnacurry, a village in the heart of Achill Island, the largest island off the west coast of Ireland. Now 101-years-old and living on Chicago’s northwest side, she’s in the pool at Galter LifeCenter with her caretaker, Augusta Scescke, two to three times a week.


Submitted 12-17-14 by MFA Facility Member Mary Frank
Cincinnati Sports Club

The Cincinnati Sports Club proudly supports the Cincinnati Reds Fest in December of each year.  The Club provides and staffs the kids attraction area with our giant inflatable and bounce house. 


Submitted 12-1-14 by MFA Facility Member Mary Frank
Cincinnati Sports Club - Ohio

686 people attended the annual Novemberfest at the Cincinnati Sports Club in November 2014.  This event is a combination of a health fair, fun fest and Open House and is free to members and the community. This interactive event and engaging activities include: health and joint screenings with specialists from The Christ Hospital, Health Care Professionals sharing the latest trends, games, prizes food and fun.


Submitted 9-30-14 by MFA Patron Member Rich Gershom
Akron General Lifestyles - West - Ohio

Over 60 participants partook in the American Heart Association Heartwalk Zumbathon this past August. Donations were accepted for the AHA Heartwalk activities.


Submitted 9-22-14 by MFA Certified Facility Member JoDee Altman
HaysMed - The Center for Health Improvement - Kansas

Park Crawl.  The Center for Health Improvement offers a FREE Park Crawl Workout for exercise enthusiasts in the community in the fall and spring.  Participants travel to four different parks in the surrounding area (within 1mile of each other) and participate with four different Group Fitness Instructors.  Participants warm up at The Center and travel via the city trolley which is provided for the transportation to the parks.  The workouts at the parks have consisted of TRX and Toys, Core and Pilates, Bootcamp Blast & Yoga in the Trees to name a few.  A healthy breakfast (oatmeal bar) is served at The Center after the workout in our juice bar area.


Submitted 9-21-14 by MFA Certified Facility Member Kelly Flaska
HaysMed - The Center for Health Improvement - Kansas

Kids Quest.  The Center for Health Improvement offers a FREE summer program titled Kids Quest for children PreK through 8th grade.  Kids are encouraged to log 30 miles of fitness throughout the summer by running, walking, biking or swimming.  As miles are achieved they earn prizes from local businesses in town.  The summer program includes a kickoff event at HaysMed - The Center For Health Improvement's outdoor fitness trail with the kids and their families completing their first two miles together.  At the end of the 13 weeks we host a Kids Quest finale on the fitness trail completing two miles with fun obstacles along the way.  T-shirts and watermelon are given to all participants.




Submitted 9-15-14 by MFA Certified Facility Member Pat Laus
The Atlantic Club - New Jersey

Set foot onto The Atlantic Club's sprawling 44-acre campus in Manasquan, NJ and you'll realize it's not the average health club. Click here to see the video inside a Successful Medical Fitness Program. 

Submitted 9-11-14 by MFA Facility Member Suzette Valiton
ProMedica Wildwood Athletic Club - Ohio

ProMedica Wildwood Athletic hosts it's annual community outreach fundraiser. Each year we select new recipient of all proceeds raised during this event. Our 2014 winner was our local chapter of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Ohio.



Submitted 9-11-14 by MFA Facility Member Suzette Valiton
ProMedica Wildwood Athletic Club - Ohio

ProMedica Wellness Initiative - Start Walk Day at the Wildwood Orthopedic Spine Hospital. A day all ProMedica employees join together for a walk, finish with a healthy snack and celebrate healthy lifestyles. And the Athletic Club Swim Team: this fun, interactive workout for kids emphasizes stroke techniques, fitness and leadership skills. Open to members and the community. 


Submitted 9-11-14 by MFA Facility Member Suzette Valiton
ProMedica Wildwood Athletic Club - Ohio

Each year, ProMedica WIldwood Athletic Club coordinates a team to raise funds and support the American Heart Assn. Heart Walk. 

Submitted 9-4-14 by MFA Patron Member Joanne Zaratsian
Akron General LifeStyles Green - Ohio

Community Involvement at its BEST- AGMC LifeStyles Green. Click here for the full article. 

Submitted 9-3-14 by MFA Best Practice Partner, Debbie Stauble
Healthtrax - Connecticut

Heatlhtrax in Germantown, Connecticut, played host for Grandpa Chris's 90th Birthday Party. Frank Christensen attended his weekly water aerobics class and when he climbed out of the pool, he was greeted by his family with birthday balloons and snacks. Christensen is the oldest attendee of the water aerobics class and fellow members look up to him. Click here to read the full article


Submitted 9-3-14 by MFA Certified Facility Member Angela Kaltenborn
Augusta Health Lifetime Fitness - Virginia

Augusta Health Lifetime Fitness has earned their re-certification as a Certified Medical Fitness Facility by the Medical Fitness Association. Lifetime Fitness is the first and only medical fitness facility world-wide that received a score of 100% on both its initial certification and its re-certification. Click here for full article. 


Submitted 8-26-14 by MFA Member Karen Raisch-Siegel
LifeWorks of Southwest General - Ohio

5th Annual Fight Like a Girl Golf Outing, 89 golfers and raised over $4,000 for our Fitness is Power exercise program for breast cancer survivors.  This program is completely funded by events and donors.  We provide participants with 6 months of one on one fitness coaching, full access to the facility, a fight like a girl t-shirt, a journal and a charm bracelet.



Submitted 8-22-14 by MFA Facility Member Debbie Kielmar

Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) LIFE Center - Ohio


Our small community of Scioto County Ohio has been deemed one of the most unhealthy communities in America. Through our Community Wellness programs we have made a commitment to be most visual and active in the Fitness and Wellness improvements for our community. We are currently involved in hosting all types of community events including but not limited to Breast Cancer Awareness, American Heart Association, Fitness to Schools, Fitness to State Rehab facilities and local groups, Summer fitness and Nutritional education for the kids in the local housing projects. Local/National events such as Ash Dash, Tri for LIFE, KIDS Tri for LIFE, American Triple T Race, SOMC Amazing Race,  Run for you LIFE, Zumbathons, CrossFit events, Camp LIFE for Kids summer fitness,  monthly offerings of various types of Group Fitness events that are open to the public.  Also, we have committed to the corporations in our area and are currently working with business and offering corporate Health and Wellness programs for employees. Above and beyond all of this we are also committed to our SOMC staff through our very own corporate wellness program which is a goal oriented program that can return monetary rewards to our staff with free membership to our LIFE Center fitness facility and even cash rewards annually if all goals are met. These goals include such things as target BMIs, Cholesterol, annual flu vaccine, TB tests, BodyFat, Nutrional logging, Exercise logs etc. We have one of the best corporate wellness programs in the U.S.



Submitted 8-22-14 by MFA Certified Facility Member April Myers
Valley Health Wellness & Fitness Center - Virginia


Valley Health Wellness & Fitness Center believes strongly in community partnerships. Whether it's sponsoring races, raising awareness, or providing opportunities for people to challenge themselves, we're committed to being a presence in our local area.

Submitted 8-22-14 by MFA Certified Facility and Board of Directors Member David Flench
Hancock Wellness Center – Indiana

Part of the mission of Hancock Wellness is to be a caring community partner.  Here are a few pictures as examples of how our center has benefited our local community.


Submitted 8-22-14 by MFA Certified Facility Member Kristen Walters
Galter LifeCenter on the Green Inc. – Illinois



We attended a Senior Wellness Fair with Swedish Covenant Hospital, Oak Street Health, Chicagoland Methodist Senior Services, Humana Cigna.  We did exercise demos for seniors and passed out information on our arthritis and senior programming.


Submitted 7-31-14 by MFA Certified Facility Member Casie Nishi

Wellness Institute at Seven Oaks General Hospital – Canada


"Exporting Wellness to China” (click here to read the full press release)

Submitted 7-31-14 by MFA Certified Facility Member Casie Nishi
Wellness Institute at Seven Oaks General Hospital – Canada

Wellness Institute at Seven Oaks General Hospital member testimonial :
“I joined the Wellness Institute in August of 1999. My pear-shaped body and I had never been athletically inclined. I even did anything I could to get out of going to gym class. Needless to say, I avoided any physical activity completely. My change of heart came after surviving breast cancer. I felt that I had been given a second chance and it was time that I did something outside of my comfort zone to improve my health.  Two months after my surgery, I joined Wellness. I found that my stamina was non-existent: Five minutes into an aerobics class and I would have to leave the class. I had more success in the aqua size classes (which were also a first for me) and slowly my stamina increased. Initially, the one activity that helped me the most was Tai Chi. I had never heard of Tai Chi, but when I saw people moving in slow motion on the gym floor, it looked like something that I could actually do! The instructor was a very patient man and worked with us at our speed, encouraging us at every turn. I found an inner peace as I practiced alongside my fellow participants. I didn't worry if my hands or feet were in the perfect position. I just went with the flow. Once you feel success, it's easier to try something else. My next new experience was a women's weight lifting class, teaching us the correct body positions to be in when lifting weights. From there I started using all of the machines and more of the scheduled classes.  The extra bonus to going to Wellness is meeting and talking to others. The consultants are very approachable and helpful. It looks like I'll be here for as long as I can come.  -Renee- Wellness Institute member    Several months before I joined the Wellness Institute my son passed away. As is usual I was put on anti-depressants to help me with the grief. My only comfort was sleeping and dreaming of running and running. Going nowhere … just running. I happened to mention this to a friend of mine who worked at Seven Oaks Hospital. The next day she brought me a guest pass for the Wellness. She said “Instead of dreaming of running why don’t you try the real thing.” A few days later I decide to give it a try. I ran and ran and cried and ran some more. It was exactly what I needed. One month after joining the Wellness I was able to stop all medication. 12 years later I not only run but do aerobics, weights and yoga. Being able to workout at the Wellness was the best thing I could ever do to help me manage my grief. Thank you Wellness!!  -Kim- Wellness Institute at Seven Oaks General Member


Submitted 7-29-14 by MFA BOD Member Jennifer Hopper

Piedmont Wellness and Fitness – Georgia

Piedmont Atlanta Fitness Center connects with a local Girl Scout Troop helping them earn badges by participating in yoga led by exercise physiologist, Avril James-Hurt; Exercise Physiologists Clinton Maclin and Sharrell Brown kick off the annual Arthritis Foundation Walk; and the Fitness Center team enjoy a beautiful Georgia Saturday raising heart health awareness during the AHA Heart Walk.


Submitted 6-16-14 by MFA Certified Facility Member Kristen Walters
Galter LifeCenter on the Green Inc. – Illinois

Lynne Cunningham Member Success Story” (click here to read the full article)


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