Strategic Partners

The Medical Fitness Association wants to partner with like thinking non-profit organizations to further the goals of improving the health of the communities we serve through exercise, nutrition and lifestyle management. To that end, we have engaged with the organizations below in our quest to educate physicians and physician extenders, exercise professionals, ancillary health care providers, and the public about the value of exercise in the management of individual and population health risk, using exercise in the treatment of many chronic diseases and implementing a broad prevention program for those at risk for chronic conditions.

If your organization is interested in joining with us in joint advocacy, joint position and white papers, supporting one another in our various conferences with speakers, etc., consider joining with us. For more information about our Strategic Partner program, please contact our Director of Marketing, Mariann Murphy.

Academy for Brain Health and Performance

The Academy for Brain Health and Performance (ABHP) revolutionizes the way fitness and wellness clients achieve optimal health, fitness and performance by integrating brain health solutions into fitness and wellness settings. Similar to developments in cardiovascular health in the 20th century, there is now an opportunity to make significant progress with brain health in the 21st century. ABHP’s team of leading scholars, clinicians, innovators and business professionals in the field of brain health, fitness and wellness have come together to develop three key innovations to optimize brain health and performance across the lifespan: education and training programs; brain health assessment and intervention toolkits; and embedded turn-key, profitable brain health and performance centers.

American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR)

The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) is a multidisciplinary professional association comprised of health professionals who serve in the field of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation.Members include cardiovascular and pulmonary physicians, nurses, exercise physiologists, physical therapists, behavioral scientists, respiratory therapists, dieticians and nutritionists. We are committed to the continued professional development of our members through networking and educational opportunities.

American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine (AAPSM)

The American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine serves to advance the understanding, prevention and management of lower extremity sports and fitness injuries.  We believe that providing such knowledge to the profession and the public will optimize enjoyment and safe participation in sports and fitness activities.  We will accomplish this mission through professional education, scientific research, public awareness and membership support.

American Council on Exercise (ACE)

The American Council on Exercise (ACE) is a nonprofit organization with global reach that works to improve physical-activity levels by certifying exercise professionals and health coaches, publishing original research, convening experts on physical activity and health, working directly with community groups, and advocating for policies to get people from all walks of life moving. The 90,000 exercise professionals and health coaches certified by ACE are among the most respected in the world of fitness, helping people embrace physical activity and adopt a healthier lifestyle.

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

The American College of Sports Medicine advances and integrates scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. ACSM is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. With more than 50,000 members and certified professionals worldwide, ACSM is dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.

American College of Lifestyle Medicine

ACLM is the professional association of physicians, clinicians and allied health professionals dedicated to the use of lifestyle as a therapeutic intervention for prevention, and, more importantly, the treatment and, often, reversal of chronic, degenerative disease.  Lifestyle Medicine is a branch of evidence-based medicine in which comprehensive lifestyle changes (including nutrition, physical activity, stress management, social support and environmental exposures) are used to help prevent, treat and even reverse the progression of many chronic diseases by addressing their underlying causes.  As our healthcare system shifts from a fee-for-service to a value and outcome-based model, it’s imperative that Lifestyle Medicine become the foundation, ensuring a transformed and sustainable system of care.

American College of Preventive Medicine

Founded in 1954, the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) is the leader for the specialty of Preventive Medicine and physicians dedicated to prevention. ACPM improves the health of individuals and populations through evidence-based health promotion, disease prevention, and systems-based approaches to improving health and health care.

ACPM provides leadership in research, professional education, development of public policy, and enhancement of standards of preventive medicine for and on behalf of its physician members. Uniquely trained in both clinical medicine and public health, preventive medicine specialists are equipped to understand and reduce the risks of disease, disability, and death in individuals and in population groups. Our members are employed in research, academia, government, clinical settings, and other entities worldwide.

ACPM provides a dynamic forum for the exchange of knowledge among preventive medicine specialists, and offers high-quality educational programs for continuing medical education (CME) and maintenance of certification (MOC), information and resources for ongoing professional development, and networking opportunities.

American Kinesiotherapy Association

Kinesiotherapy is defined as the application of scientifically based exercise principles adapted to enhance the strength, endurance, and mobility of individual with functional limitations or those requiring extended physical conditioning. A registered kinesiotherapist can administer treatment only upon receipt of a prescription from qualified physicians, nurse practitioners and/or physician’s assistants who have been privileged to make such referrals. To learn more about KT’s and how to hire a registered kinesiotherapist, please click here.

The Association for Corporate Health Risk Management

ACHRM is a unique employer-exclusive community to collaborate with your peers, learn new methods and techniques to reduce your company’s health care costs and improve employee well-being and productivity.

American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

The AOCPMR is the professional association of Osteopathic physicians dedicated to providing added value services to its members in the areas of advocacy, education and practice. AOCPMR values camaraderie, excellence and quality as it lives its mission. The profession is based on the dynamic interaction of mind, body and spirit; the body’s ability to heal itself; the primary role of the musculoskeletal system and preventive medicine as the key to maintain health.

The Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute

The Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute, Inc. (ATRI) is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the professional development of healthcare professionals involved with aquatic therapy. ATRI offers continuing education courses at conferences that will advance the knowledge and skills of the aquatic therapist.

Aqua therapy and rehabilitation research shows benefits for many populations. If you have water available to you in the form of a pool, spa or open water (lake, river, ocean), you can rehab yourself and others.

Rehabilitation in water can take place in a warm or cool pool. Therapy and rehab have documented results in pools (or water) from 80 to 98 degrees. Research regarding exercise in the pool is extensive. The teaching and education for aquatic therapy and rehabilitation happens in schools, conferences and online. The most extensive aquatic therapy education is offered by the Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute.

Clinical Exercise Physiology Association (CEPA)

…advancing the profession of clinical exercise physiology

CEPA originates as an affiliate society of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). As an affiliate society, CEPA is autonomous, but operates with administrative support from ACSM. CEPA, along with ACSM, is committed to the development of CEPA as an independent, self-sufficient professional organization.

Statement of Purpose

The primary purpose of CEPA is to advance the scientific and practical application of clinical exercise physiology for the betterment of the health, fitness, and quality of life for patients at high risk or living with a chronic disease.

The focus of CEPA is to advance the profession of clinical exercise physiology through advocacy, education, and career development.

  • As a professional network, CEPA is dedicated to:
  • Enhancing the communication between clinical exercise physiologists by fostering and promoting the interchange of ideas, offering mutual support and encouraging professional development.
  • Improving clinical practice by promoting established standards for programs, personnel, and facilities.
  • Promoting scientific inquiry and advancement of education for clinical exercise physiologists and for the public related to exercise and its application in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases and special medical conditions.
  • Cooperating with other professional organizations, health care providers, insurers, legislators, scientists and educators with the same or related concerns.
  • Supporting the development and maintenance of quality care.
  • Supporting the efforts of the ACSM

Coalition for the Registration of Exercise Professionals

The Coalition for the Registration of Exercise Professionals® (CREP®) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) corporation composed of organizations that offer NCCA-accredited exercise certifications. Coalition members are committed to advancing the fitness profession and earning recognition as a health provider for practitioners that have passed a competency-based program using an exercise certification exam that has been accredited by the NCCA. Primary to the mission of the Coalition is to provide individuals of all ages and abilities with resources and leadership to assist in safely and effectively reaching their goals of achieving more active, healthy lifestyles through movement, physical activity or exercise for recreation or performance.

Exercise is Medicine

In 2007, the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) co-launched Exercise is Medicine (EIM) – a United States-based health initiative that has since been coordinated by ACSM.  The initial purpose of EIM was to make the scientifically proven benefits of physical activity the standard in the U.S. healthcare system.  Within two years of its launch, representatives from international public health, medical and scientific associations asked ACSM to expand its initial scope beyond the United States and begin a multinational collaboration to make EIM a global effort, launching the EIM Global headquarters in Indianapolis, IN.  Currently there are seven regional centers and 43 national centers across the globe.


healtheo360 is a “Caring Community” where patients living with chronic conditions, such as Diabetes, Cancer, Alzheimer’s, and many others come to find support, encouragement, and information.

The healtheo360 community includes patients, their caregivers, family members and friends who come to share their personal healing stories so that others may find inspiration and motivation as they go through the journey of living with their condition. Members share their health-related stories and learn from each other through discussion. We encourage you to upload your story via video testimonies but we also offer blogging for those who are more comfortable with that method of sharing. At healtheo360 we believe in the healing power of storytelling and how beneficial it is to share your story as well as to learn from other people with similar experiences.

The Jewish Community Center Association

JCC Association is the continental umbrella organization for the Jewish Community Center Movement, which includes more than 350 JCCs, YM-YWHAs, and camp sites in the U.S. and Canada. JCC Association offers a wide range of services and resources to help its affiliates to provide educational, cultural, social, Jewish identity-building, and recreational programs for people of all ages and backgrounds. JCC Association supports the largest network of Jewish early childhood centers and Jewish summer camps in North America, and is also a U.S. government accredited agency for serving the religious and social needs of Jewish military personnel through JWB Jewish Chaplains Council.

The National Board of Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC)

The mission of the NBHWC is to support individuals in improving their health and well-being, preventing and managing chronic disease, making important health decisions and optimizing their lifestyles to achieve their best possible overall well-being. That mission is pursued through the following three-pronged approach:

To Integrate
To integrate knowledgeable, skilled and credentialed professional health and wellness coaches into the healthcare system who facilitate lasting change of mindsets and behaviors to improve the health and well-being of individuals.

To Support
To support integration of basic coaching skills into the practices of health professions, so that healthcare providers are better able to catalyze and support engagement in health-enhancing lifestyles.

To Advance
To advance a collaborative research agenda and compile evidence on best practices. This would allow for refinement and further evaluation of health coaching methodology, as well as inform training and education practices.

National Physical Activity Plan Alliance

The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance (NPAPA) is a non-profit organization that is committed to insuring the long term success of the National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP). The Alliance is a coalition of national organizations that have come together to insure that efforts to promote physical activity in the American population will be guided by a comprehensive, evidence-based strategic plan. The Alliance is governed by a Board of Directors that is composed of representatives of organizational partners and at-large experts on physical activity and public health.

The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance has established the following key objectives:

  • Support implementation of the NPAP’s strategies and tactics
  • Expand awareness of the NPAP among policy makers and key stakeholders
  • Evaluate the NPAP on an ongoing basis
  • Periodically revise the NPAP to insure its effective linkage to the current evidence base

National Posture Institute

The National Posture Institute is an educational and member-driven organization, providing public outreach, corporate wellness, and professional certificate programs for allied health/fitness professionals as well as posture education programs for the general public.

Nebraska Methodist College

Nebraska Methodist College has served as an educational leader in wellness and health promotion for more than 20 years. As a healthcare institution, NMC understands the importance of producing results-oriented health promotion programs and services. NMC offers an online Master of Science in Wellness & Health Promotion Management degree with a concentration in Medical Fitness Management which includes a unique partnership with the Medical Fitness Association. Students who complete the program will be eligible to sit for the Association’s Certified Fitness Facility Director (CFFD) exam with the experience requirement being waived for graduates. In addition, graduates will be prepared to take the Certified Medical Fitness Facility Director (CMFFD) exam upon successful completion of the CFFD. Learn more by visiting or call 402-354-7200.

PHIT America

PHIT America is a cause and campaign dedicated to increasing physical activity and fitness to improve the health of all Americans.  PHIT America was launched in January 2013 with the support of more than 100 companies and organizations. While the name PHIT sounds like FIT, it also has another meaning. PHIT stands for Personal Health Investment Today. We feel we must invest in personal health through fitness to improve the health of Americans, especially our children.

The obesity crisis is well documented. It is a tremendous issue for many Americans and is driving up our overall health care costs. However, there is another huge issue, actually a global pandemic, which is equally troubling – Inactivity. Physical inactivity is the 4th leading cause of death and more people are dying of physical inactivity than smoking in America.

Rock Steady Boxing

Rock Steady Boxing is a nonprofit organization founded in Indianapolis in 2006 with a mission to empower people to “fight back” against Parkinson’s disease (PD), a progressive, incurable, neurodegenerative movement disorder.

RSB gives people with PD hope by improving their quality of life through a non-contact, boxing-inspired fitness curriculum. Professional boxers condition for optimal agility, speed, muscular endurance, accuracy, hand-eye coordination, footwork and overall strength to defend against and overcome opponents. At RSB, PD is the opponent, and scientific research demonstrates that forced, intense exercise may actually be neuroprotective, slowing the progression of the disease. Currently there are 600 affiliates in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and 30 international locations.

USA Swimming

USA Swimming is the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States. We are a 400,000-member service organization that promotes the culture of swimming by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport through teams, events and education.

Our membership is comprised of swimmers from the age group level to the Olympic Team, as well as coaches and volunteers. Members can get involved through our more than 2,800 teams across the nation.

USA Swimming is also responsible for selecting and training teams for international competition including the Olympic Games, and strives to serve the sport through its core objectives including:

  • Build the base
  • Promote the sport
  • Achieve competitive success

Women in Fitness Association (WIFA)

The Women in Fitness Association (WIFA) is the only global non-profit organization that supports women of all ages and races to succeed both professionally and personally within the fitness industry. WIFA membership includes quarterly virtual meetings, live gatherings, mentorship pairing, networking capabilities, speaking and presenting opportunities, and blog contributions.The vision of WIFA is that every woman professionally representing the fitness industry can find her place and rise to her fullest potential!Our aim is to see more women in the board room, championing each other to achieve, sharing success through collaboration.