The Medical Fitness Association, a non-profit organization, was formed in 1991 to assist medically integrated health and fitness centers achieve their full potential.
Our Purpose: Unify
To advance knowledge, networking, and influence of the medical fitness industry.
Our Mission: Build Success
The Medical Fitness Association is a non-profit professional membership organization providing industry standards, educational programs, certification opportunities, benchmark data, professional development, and networking opportunities for improving operational success and healthcare integration.
Our Vision: Make a Difference
To be the leading force in the healthcare and fitness industries dedicated to inspiring and empowering those who seek to deliver the medical fitness model through holistic wellness solutions.
Our Core Values: Practice What We Preach
Excellence: We focus on quality and efficiency to produce exceptional results.
Collaboration: We build partnerships that align fitness and healthcare to accomplish more together.
Integrity: We act ethically with respect, honesty, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Personal Wellness: We engage in and promote healthy behaviors, keeping work, family, and personal care in balance.
Definition of a Medical Fitness Center
A medical fitness center is a medically integrated facility that promotes healthy lifestyle choices as it focuses on the prevention and treatment of lifestyle related disease, illness, and injury via participation in physical activity, nutrition, chronic disease management programming, and health and wellness education.
Components of the Medical Fitness Model
Medical oversight & integration
Quality management & outcomes focus
Safety, risk management, and emergency preparedness
Clinical programs & services
Individualized approach & customer service
History of Medical Fitness Association
1991: founded as the Association for Hospital Health and Fitness by John Greene
1991: first Annual Conference was held
1994: changed name to Medical Fitness Association
1998: the first Board of Directors formed with Laura Neiberg as chairman
2000: assets were purchased by Board of Directors, and MFA became a 501(c)(6) organization
2006: the first edition of Facility Standards & Guidelines was published
2008: the Medical Fitness Foundation was created
2008: launched the Facility Certification program
2009: first Medical Fitness Institute was held on the campus of Vanderbilt University
2013: the second edition of the Facility Standards & Guidelines was published
2016: developed the Medical Fitness Facility Director Certification program
2021: overhauled the Facility Certification program to incorporate a digital streamlined process
2021: dissolved standing committees in favor of task forces and advisory panels
2022: first Medical Fitness Summit was held in Georgia
2022: the third edition of the Facility Standards & Guidelines was published