2017 Medical Fitness Facility & Professionals of the Year Awards

These awards celebrate and honor the best and the brightest in medical fitness center management. Awards, in a variety of categories, identify those facilities, programs and individuals that are deserving of recognition for their achievements.

Awards were presented during the 2017 Annual International Conference Awards Ceremony in Orlando, Florida. To vote for our 2018 awards, please click here.

Hank Boerner Pioneer Award

Presented to John Caliri, Director of Health & Fitness
FirstHealth Centers for Health & Fitness – Pinehurst

Marla Richmond, MS, Memorial Education Award

Presented to Jamie Semien, Fitness Manager
Fitness Center of Thibodaux Regional

Medical Professional of the Year Award – Medical Director Category

Presented to Dr. Joseph Ruane, Medical Director
McConnell Heart Health Center

Medical Professional of the Year Award – Director of Medical Wellness/Fitness Category

Presented to Jeff Jeran, Director
Valley Health Wellness & Fitness Center

Medical Professional of the Year Award – Director of Education/Outreach of the Year Category

Presented to Marci Crozier, Administrative Director – Health Promotions
Franciscan Health and Fitness 

Medical Professional of the Year Award – Executive Director/General Manager Category

Presented to Amy Upp, General Manager – Community Health & Fitness
McConnell Heart Health Center

Excellence in Consulting Award

Presented to Lynn Robbins
Healthplex Associates

Best Practice Partner of the Year Award

Presented to Keiser

Aspire Award

Presented to Timothy Petsch
TMI Sustainable Aquatics

Certified Facility of the Year Award

1st Place

Presented to Valley Health Wellness & Fitness Center, Winchester, Virginia

Runner Up

Presented to The Summit Medical Fitness Center, Kalispell, Montana

Honorable Mention

Presented to Franciscan Health Fitness Centers, Chesterton, Indiana

Program Innovation Awards

(Click on the links below to read a summary of the programs and learn how you can implement them at your facility!)

First Place

“Anyone Can do a 5K”   AnyoneCanDoA5K

Franciscan Health & Fitness – Schereville, Indiana

Second Place

“Journey to Wellness”JourneytoWellness

Hancock Wellness Centers – Greenfield, Indiana

Third Place

“Parkinson’s Wellness Program”RockSteadyBoxing

The Fitness Center at University Hospitals Avon Health Center – Avon, Ohio

Fourth Place

“Walk, Bike, Run, Swim” WalkRunBikeSwim-WV

Hampshire Wellness & Fitness – Romney, West Virginia

Fifth Place

“Functional Foods for Health”Fitness-Formulary

MyFormulary – Minneapolis, Minnesota

Sixth Place:

“Plex Fit Challenge”PlexFitChallenge

Opelika Sportsplex & Aquatics Center – Opelika, Alabama

Seventh Place

“Regenerate Health Model”RegenerativeHealthCareModel
Rejuv Medical – Waite Park, Minnesota

Eighth Place

“Spin & Stride Relay”SpinStride-Relay

Loyola Center for Fitness – Maywood, Illinois

Ninth Place

“Kids on the Move” KidsontheMove


Rudy A. Ciccotti Family Recreation Center – Albany, New York

Tenth Place

“Fit Kids Wellness Clubs”FitKidsWellnessClub

Fitness Center at Thibodaux Regional – Thibodaux, Louisiana

Medical Fitness Week

The 2017 Walking 10K Winners

Total Number of Steps:

  1. Akron General LifeStyles – 81,233,016 steps
  2. Saint Francis Medical Center, Fitness Plus  – 65,076,880 steps
  3. Powell Wellness Center – 43,189,730 steps
  4. Owensboro Health Healthpark – 25,010,742 steps
  5. UNC Wellness Centers – 21,789,835 steps
  6. Baptist Health Madisonville, Fitness Formula  – 14,384,147 steps
  7. LIFT Wellness Center – 9,296,411 steps
  8. Fitness Center at University Hospitals Avon Health  – 6,106,275 steps
  9. UCHealth Medical Fitness – 4,520,951 steps
  10. Duke Center for Living at Fearrington – 2,109,567 steps

Average Number of Steps:

  1. UNC Wellness Healthcare Center – 103,761 steps
  2. UCHealth Medical Fitness – 90,369 steps
  3. Fitness Center at University Hospitals Avon Health – 82,517 steps
  4. Owensboro Health Healthpark – 79,907 steps
  5. Duke Center for Living at Fearrington – 78,132 steps
  6. UNMC’s EngAge Wellness – 77,753 steps
  7. Saint Francis Medical Center, Fitness Plus – 74,544 steps
  8. Baptist Health Madisonville -Fitness Formula – 67,850 steps
  9. LIFT Wellness Center – 56,685 steps
  10. Akron General Lifestyles – 48,672 steps

The 2017 MOVE150 Winners

Total Number of Moves:

  1. Galter LifeCenter – 56,131 moves
  2. UNMC’s EngAge Wellness – 7,361 moves
  3. Franciscan Health Fitness Centers, Chesterton, Shererville – 629 moves
  4. Tamarac Spectrum Health –  244 moves
  5. TiHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion – 205 moves

Average Moves in Minutes:

  1. UNMC’s EngAge Wellness –  368 minutes
  2. Galter LifeCenter – 292 minutes
  3. Vanderbilt Dayani Center – 259.9 minutes
  4. Franciscan Health Fitness Centers Chesterton, Schererville – 217.44 minutes
  5. TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion – 207 minutes

Rising Star Awards

Central Region

Sarah Strefling – Fitness Manager
Beacon Health and Fitness, Mishawaka – Granger, Indiana

SouthCentral Region

Olivia Blosch – Fitness Manager
Mercy Fitness Center – Edmund, Oklahoma


Greg Brondos
Valley Health Wellness & Fitness Center -Winchester, Virginia


Kristin McConnell – Marketing Director
The Atlantic Club – Manasquan, New Jersey (MFA Certified Facility)


*no nominations/winner*


*no nominations/winner*