2019 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 2019 Annual International Conference Awards Ceremony in Orlando, FL. To vote for our 2020 awards, please click here.


Hank Boerner Pioneer Award

Alan Loyd, FACHE, FMFA, Executive Director, Beacon Health & Fitness

Marla Richmond Memorial Education Award

Melissa Ziegler, Ph.D., FMFA, RKT
Lecturer, School of Health Professions, University of Southern Mississippi

Individual Professional of the Year

Cindy Cope, Senior Director, Chelsea Wellness Center, Dexter Wellness Center, Manchester Wellness Center and Stockbridge Wellness Center.

Industry Partner of the Year

Jonas Fitness

Strategic Partner of the Year

Academy of Brain Health & Performance

Certified Facility of the Year Award

1st Place

Presented to Orland Park Health & Fitness Center, Orland Park, IL

Honorable Mention

Presented to Virtua | William G. Rohrer Center for HealthFitness, Voorhees Township, NJ

Program Innovation Awards

First Place

“Enhanced Memory Fitness” – Rachel Fawcett at MCC Lakeshore Fitness Center, Muskegon, MI

Second Place

“Build Stronger Bones” – Rick Daiutolo at Virtua | William G. Rohrer Center for HealthFitness, Voorhees Township, NJ

Medical Fitness Week

The 2019 Walking 10K Winners

Total Number of Steps: 63,918,822

Culpeper Wellness Foundation | Powell Wellness Center, Culpeper, VA

Highest Average Number of Steps: 88,050

UNC Wellness Centers – Northwest Cary, Cary, NC

The 2019 MOVE150 Winners

Total Number of Moves: 129,537

Galter Life Center, Chicago, IL

Highest Average Moves: 429.6

Riverside Wellness & Fitness Center Peninsula, Newport News, VA

Rising Star Awards

Central Region

Monica Green
Northwestern Medicine Delnor Health & Fitness Center, Geneva, IL

South Central Region

Alkini Catchings
Biloxi VA Medical Center, Biloxi, MS

South East

Jonathan Pope
First Health Fitness – Sanford, Sanford, NC

North East

Rick Daiutolo
Virtua | William G. Rohrer Center for HealthFitness, Voorhees Township, NJ


Monica Soto
The Lifestyle Center, Visalia, CA


Susan Zimberg
Reh-Fit Centre, Manitoba, Canada