Physical Activity in the Context of Antiobesity Medications

As the Antiobesity medications hit the market in growing numbers, Medical Fitness facilities will play an important role in promoting physical activity to ensure long-term success of achieving a healthy lifestyle. Check out this article, Contemporary Treatments for Obesity: Physical Activity in the Context of Antiobesity Medications, from The Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine. Knowledge is power!

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Impact of a Medical Fitness Model

Kudos to The Wellness Institute, an MFA Certified Facility in Winnipeg Canada, on their new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association using data from 11,000 members, to show that regular attendance at the Wellness Institute is linked with fewer major adverse cardiovascular events compared to non-members.

This study was funded by the Seven Oaks Hospital Foundation. CLICK HERE to download the full study report.


Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of disease burden and death in the world. The medical fitness model may be an alternative public health strategy to address cardiovascular risk factors with medical integrated programming.


Medical fitness facility membership and attendance at least once per week may lower the risk of a major adverse cardiovascular event‐plus. The medical fitness model should be considered as a public health intervention, especially for individuals at risk for cardiovascular disease.

ACLM Offers Free Course

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM), in support of the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health, committed $22 million to provide 5.5 hours of free accredited CME/CE coursework to 100,000 physicians and other clinicians as a foundational, evidence-based introduction to the growing field of lifestyle medicine.

Called “Lifestyle Medicine & Food as Medicine Essentials,” the three-module, four-presentation online course bundle includes an introduction to lifestyle medicine and baseline nutrition education on prevention and treatment of chronic disease. This opportunity is a major step forward in filling the gaping void of lifestyle medicine, including food as medicine, in medical education. The course, otherwise valued at $220, is accredited for 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CMEs, along with a variety of other CE/CME accreditation.

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MFA Industry Partner, Club Automation, Launches New Medical Fitness Blog Series

Check out the new blog series from MFA Industry Partner, Club Automation! It’s a whole series dedicated to the medical fitness industry.

Their first in this series is entitled, Growing Your Medical Fitness Center – Click on the title to read the whole blog…here’s a sneak peek:

Growing Your Medical Fitness Center

It’s easy to fall into the comparison game and come out feeling frustrated. “The fitness club on the other side of town has an enormous exercise studio compared to ours.” “The gym down the street has a giant weightlifting floor compared to us.” These realizations are important, but they bypass the strength of your medical fitness facility. Sure, the gym down the road may have more equipment, but are their members healthier?

The challenge for medical fitness facilities is not proving your value on people’s long-term health, the numbers speak for themselves. People in your community trust medical establishments like yours as a reliable source of health and wellness.

The challenge is ensuring you have the right offerings that appeal to your community, get them in your doors, and keep them engaged for the long haul. Use this blog as a resource to kickstart new offerings at your medical fitness facility so you can become an even bigger part of improving the overall health of your community.

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Study Shows Health Benefits from Membership at a Medical Fitness Facility

The Medical Fitness Association is pleased to share that a recent study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine concludes that “membership at a medical fitness facility was associated with a reduced risk of all-cause mortality and hospitalizations.”

Physical inactivity is a known risk factor for mortality. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only about half of the population in the United States achieves the recommended level of physical activity. The economic burden of physical inactivity is approximately 27 billion dollars per year.

The study was conducted over a ten-year period from 2005 to 2015 with two certified medical fitness facilities, The Wellness Institute and Reh-Fit Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to look at the link between membership at a medical fitness facility and health outcomes. Both facilities are certified by the Medical Fitness Association.

The medical fitness model is designed to improve health status by providing evidence-based, medically integrated programming to promote health. Unlike traditional fitness facilities, this model incorporates medical oversight; clinical integration with a health system; a higher level of staff education and training; health assessments; and health education.

Researchers were permitted to access over 500,000 deidentified provincial health records to use as the control group. The intervention group included over 19,000 members of The Wellness Institute and Reh-Fit Centre medical fitness facilities combined.

The study showed that:
• Medical fitness facility members had a 60 percent lower risk of all-cause mortality during the first 651 days and 48 percent lower after 651 days.
• Membership was also associated with a 13 percent lower risk of hospitalizations.
• Medical fitness members who attended more frequently (3 or more visits per week), the hospitalization rate was even lower.

“We are pleased to see the validation of what we have seen in the growing medical fitness industry,” said David Flench, CEO of the Medical Fitness Association. He added that certified medical fitness facilities provide a safe environment for older adults and those facing chronic diseases, while still serving the overall community for their health and wellness needs. “Medical fitness is defining the future of the fitness industry,” said Flench. “Over the past few years, we have seen an influx of commercial fitness facilities that are incorporating medical oversight and a broader offering of health and wellness services. As we now know, the benefit to members is significant.”


About the Study
This study was supported by Seven Oaks General Hospital Foundation, Chronic Disease Innovation Centre, Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, University of Manitoba, Research Manitoba and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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Sue Boreski of Reh-Fit on the Future of Medical Fitness

Check out the cover story of the September issue of Club Solutions magazine! Sue Boreski of the MFA Certified Facility, The Reh-Fit Centre in Manitoba, Canada, and her 40-year journey through medical fitness.

Note: The Reh-Fit Centre was the first in Canada to be MFA Certified AND they received the MFA Certified Facility of the Year Award in 2012 and 2020!

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Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2021 from ACSM

2020 will go down in the books as the most memorable. ACSM has published their 15th annual survey of fitness trends for 2021. You will see that online training rose to the no. 1 trend for 2021. Check out the entire report.

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From this report, the reader should understand the following concepts:

  • Use the worldwide fitness trends in the commercial, corporate, clinical (including medical fitness), and community health fitness industry to further promote physical activity
  • Study expert opinions about identified fitness trends for 2021
  • Explain the differences between a fad and a trend

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