Candidates must be a member of the MFA and nominated by a member of the Medical Fitness Association. Awards are presented each year during the Annual Conference Awards Ceremony and winners must attend the event.
The nominee should:
Be recognized as an exceptional educator who has shown significant dedication to the medical fitness industry by disseminating innovative, accurate and accessible exercise science, fitness and wellness information to patients, clients, community and members by means of original or unique written materials or programming.
Contribute significantly and consistently to the advancement and/or recognition of the profession through service to the Medical Fitness Association and related organizations.
Share openly their knowledge and expertise with other health and fitness professionals.
Any member of the Medical Fitness Association may nominate another MFA member. The nominee must be a member of the Medical Fitness Association for at least one year prior to nomination and must be a current member of the Medical Fitness Association. Previous Award winners may be considered for award nominations after five years from receiving their award.
Story of the Marla Richmond Educator of the Year Award
Marla Richmond, MS, was an internationally recognized expert in exercise science. She was an author, researcher, international presenter, and expert resource for media. A practicing professional for more than 22 years, Marla was acclaimed worldwide as one of the most innovative teachers of her time. Marla presented her exciting and innovative educational approach to medical professionals, fitness professionals, physical and health educators, and national and international organizations, schools, libraries, and institutions of higher learning worldwide.
On May 31, 2010, Marla’s family, clients, colleagues throughout the fitness industry, the many who attended her lectures and read her books, articles, newspaper columns and other materials, and those that have yet to be introduced to her work, lost a very special person, wife, mother, teacher, collaborator and friend. This award was created in her honor.