Have you read Andy Graham’s blog, Age is No Barrier? It is a treasure trove of inspirational stories of adults aged 50+ staying fit and active! In the recent Snapshots section, shorter interviews, Andy highlight’s John Caliri, Director at FirstHealth Fitness in NC. John has been a long time active member of MFA and served many years on the MFA Board of Directors. Check out this fun interview!
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!
We all know the pandemic wreaked havoc in the medical fitness business. Join Active Entities for their Medical Fitness Business Symposium, “Fuel the Fire of Recovery” on Thursday, Sept 23 from 9:30a to 3p ET, at MFA member facility, Valley Health Wellness & Fitness Center in Winchester, VA.
The leadership team at Active Entities, the leadership team at the Medical Fitness Association and the leadership team at Valley Health and Wellness Center are committed to helping medical fitness centers not only survive in this unstable marketplace, but to THRIVE! This dynamic one day event is exactly as the theme says… WE WILL FUEL THE FIRE OF RECOVERY FOR YOUR CENTER.
The event includes dynamic presenters who will educate, motivate and lead your staff team to the success you seek NOW. Jeff Jeran, Valley Health Director and MFA Board Chair, and David Flench, CEO of MFA, will be among the speakers at this event.
In addition to the powerful speaker lineup the event includes a trade show, continental breakfast, a nice event specific t-shirt, great networking opportunities and the opportunity to visit a great and successful MFA certified medical fitness center that is hosting this event!
Event Registration Includes:
- Continental Breakfast
- Dynamic Medical Fitness Presenters
- Trade Show
- Special Event T-Shirt
- Great Networking Opportunities
- Visit a Successful Host Club
Medical Fitness Association Names New President and CEO
June 22, 2021–Pinehurst, NC: The Medical Fitness Association is proud to announce that David Flench, MBA, FACHE, FMFA is the Association’s new President and CEO. The Medical Fitness Association (MFA) is a professional membership organization that was formed in 1991 to assist medically integrated health and fitness centers achieve their full potential.
Flench brings over 20 years of management experience in medical fitness facilities. He received his BS in Exercise Science from The Ohio State University and his MBA from Franklin University. He has served on the MFA Board of Directors and various MFA committees for the past 15 years. Flench is also a Fellow of MFA and the American College of Healthcare Executives.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors, the Executive Board is thrilled to officially welcome David to the helm,” said Jennifer Lavoie, MFA Board member and Director of Employee Wellbeing at Piedmont Healthcare. “David holds a special place as being the first CEO who has lived his career by the programs, certifications, and resources of the Medical Fitness Association. David understands where the Association comes from and where it needs to go. We recognize this is a critical time for our industry and Association and there is no one better to lead the way.”
As President and CEO, Flench will work closely with MFA’s membership, Industry Partners and Strategic Partners to grow and strengthen the organization. “I am honored to lead the Association that I have been part of for the past 20 years,” said Flench. “I have experienced the positive impact of the education, networking and certifications offered by MFA throughout my career. Now, I am energized to take the organization to the next level. The awareness of the benefits and importance of medical fitness has grown in the past year. We have seen many fitness facilities around the country looking to expand their wellness offerings by bringing medical fitness to their members. The Medical Fitness Association is at a pivotal time in its history to be a leading resource for the medical fitness industry.” Flench has been serving as the Interim President and CEO since the retirement of Bob Boone, the Association’s past President and CEO.
About the Medical Fitness Association
The Medical Fitness Association (MFA) is a non-profit, 501(c)(6), professional membership organization whose mission is to foster opportunities for the development and operational success of medically integrated fitness centers. MFA advocates for the industry, provides industry standards, educational programs, benchmarks, outcome measurements, professional development, and networking opportunities for the medical fitness industry.
By Stuart Ohlson and Hervey Lavoie, founders of OLC
On June 15, 1961, mere years after growing up and playing on a dirt road called Colorado Boulevard, Stuart Ohlson hung up his shingle and started Stuart Ohlson and Associates. Working from an office he designed just across the street from East High School, he and his staff were soon busy with a series of residential and commercial commissions.
“All of a sudden, you’re in business, whether you know it or not!,” says Stuart Ohlson, reminiscing about those early days.
Today, that firm has grown and has become what is now called OLC | Ohlson Lavoie Corporation. Celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year, OLC is an architecture, interiors and aquatics four-office firm based in Denver with offices in Orlando, Cairo, and Tokyo. OLC now specializes in recreation, health & wellness, hospitality and aquatic projects. Over the course of those 60 years, OLC has helped change the skyline of Denver, influenced how we exercise, and has changed the lives of its employees, business associates, clients and those who live, work and play in its buildings.
In 1974, Hervey Lavoie joined Stuart, eventually becoming a co-owner in the firm renamed Ohlson Lavoie Corporation. Hervey, a recent architectural school graduate was now in his element. “I saw my new parish church being built as a 15-year-old and thought I could do that and enjoy doing that,” recalls Hervey as to why he became an architect.
A Focus on Recreation
Early on, Stuart and Hervey managed a small group of staff whose focus was on designing buildings to suit their client’s needs. Commissions came through developing existing relationships, such as those made at Stuart’s standing tennis matches at 3 p.m. on Thursdays. Amazingly, despite the oil crisis of the 70s and early 80s that hit Denver hard, this small firm was designing big, high-rise projects. These included Park Place and Country Club towers near Speer Blvd, several residential towers off of Cheesman Park, and a half-dozen high-rises for the Writer Family at the intersection of I-25 & Colorado Blvd, five of which are still standing. OLC was a small firm with big project credibility. One of those late tennis sessions led to OLC designing its first, standalone, multi-purpose health club, now known as the Colorado Athletic Club–Inverness.
Out of the success and the relationships established with that project, OLC dove right into the fitness and recreation industry. With Hervey leading the charge, the firm has since become a specialist and expert in the fitness and recreation field. He and others have authored articles on specialized design for organizations such as IHRSA, NIRSA, the Medical Fitness Association and parks and recreation departments. OLC staff attend and regularly speak as design specialists at industry conventions and seminars.
A big change came out of that industry focus—travel. Prior to 1984, OLC had never had a design assignment of any kind outside the state of Colorado. Fortuitously, during this time, work out of state helped OLC bridge the periodic economic slowdowns that plagued Denver through the 70s and 80s, (The AIA slogan for 1975 was “stay alive in seventy-five!”). It seemed that there was always a hot development zone in some part of the country…and where the economy was hot, clubs were being built: Dallas in the early 80s; Washington, DC in the mid-80s; Atlanta in the late 80s. In 1988 OLC began traveling to and working in Japan, which became a major source of work during some lean times in the U.S. OLC’s specialized design focus thus meant a steady source of business, but also travel and lots of it.
Adapting to New Technologies
Another big change in those 60 years has been the technology employed by architects. Although every architect was expected to know the basics of hand drafting up through the early 80s, techniques and methods for architects changed drastically and seemingly overnight.
“I remember getting our first handheld calculator in 1974. Our first in-house copy machine came soon after. Then came a fax machine, a multi-line phone, a voice message system, Kroy machine, and Letraset” says Hervey of some the early technology changes. “By the mid to late 80’s, however, it became clear that the fundamental systems our profession needed to use required a different mind-frame and we needed to keep pace. We embraced a succession of technology firsts and broke new ground with overlay drafting, Master Spec, Con-doc, and eventually embraced the inevitable–CAD.”
Soon after came the juggernaut change of faster chipsets, the internet, email, and cloud systems. Today we use graphic and BIM software such as Revit, Enscape, Bluebeam, Sketchup, AutoCAD, and others to communicate, design, document and present. Often a laptop is all the design tools we use; the drafting tables, straight-edges, and rolls of prints of old just a nostalgic memory.
From its locally focused projects and small staff in the 80s, OLC eventually grew its services and reach by adding offices in Orlando, Tokyo, and Cairo to service local clients. Recognizing that the unique and specific needs of our clients required specialized services we also added an aquatic design department and an interior design department along the way.
In the last few years OLC has designed a variety of health & wellness, hospitality, recreation, and aquatic facilities. Notable projects include:
- Estes Valley Community Center, Estes Park, Colorado
- Multiple Buildings for the Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri
- Additions and renovations at the Newtown Athletic Club in Newtown, Pennsylvania
- A new Tennis & Pickleball Center Clubhouse for Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
- The new Lake Nona Performance Club in Orlando, Florida
- Lobby and room renovations at Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Denver
- A wellness center for Hancock Regional Medical Center in Greenfield, Indiana
- A Deepak Chopra wellness project
- Several hospitality projects for a prominent theme park developer in Florida
To this day our firm is centered around our client’s needs and particularly focused on projects that keep our communities healthy—from full-service wellness centers to your neighborhood swimming pool. Our principals and staff have been privileged to work on many interesting and life-changing projects over these 60 years. For that we thank our clients, our consultants, industry experts, the contractors who built our designs and the many folks we have gotten to know along the way.
Reflecting on our past we can certainly say, as the ad goes, “We’ve learned a thing or two.” But it also sharpens our focus on what matters in a world of continual change: relationships, stewardship, good design, and being open-minded.
Stuart Ohlson and Hervey Lavoie, FMFA are the original founders of the 60-year-old architecture firm, Ohlson Lavoie Corporation, or OLC, as it’s known today.
Click here to learn more about OLC. Note: Hervey Lavoie serves on the MFA Board of Directors.
The Medical Fitness Association is pleased to welcome Evolt as an Industry Partner.
Evolt is a digital body composition analytic company. Using BIA technology, it’s the only product on the market that offers personalised calorie & macronutrient recommendations based on an individual’s true lean body-mass. This innovative technology provides a digital health tracking platform for the user as an intuitive data analytics platform.
Evolt is at the forefront of technology in the body composition space, providing the latest cloud-based Body Composition technology, to help individuals achieve their physical health and well-being goals.
This powerful high tech ecosystem gives you the insights to make data driven decisions to help your business achieve higher retention rates, increased referrals, customer engagement & additional revenue streams.
Better health is about making lifestyle adjustments and changes to daily habits.
Click here to read more on how you can ensure your customers are informed, educated and accountable about their health.
Say hi to Ann Kehn, the Aquatics Supervisor and Safety Team Member at Health & Fitness Center at Washtenaw Community College. Check out how Ann is helping her community to live life better through working in the water!
Vapor Fresh and the Medical Fitness Association team up to bring citric acid disinfecting gym wipes to the medical fitness community
ARLINGTON, VA., May 10, 2021 – Vapor Fresh, a leading manufacturer of stronger, safer, greener cleaning products specifically designed for the sports & fitness industry, has teamed up with the Medical Fitness Association as an Industry Partner to help bring citric acid disinfecting chemistry to medical fitness facilities across the United States.
“By providing medical fitness facilities an alternative to harsh quat-based disinfectants, we can help them provide a safer environment for their patients and members,” said Stephen Steinberg, Founder of Vapor Fresh. “We’re so excited to partner with the Medical Fitness Association, whose prominence and reputation in the industry will help drive the next stages of growth for Vapor Fresh.”
Due to the increased intensity and frequency of cleaning procedures from the COVID-19 pandemic, overexposure to quaternary ammonium compounds – or “quats” – has become a concern among experts. Due to the well documented reports of quat-induced asthma attacks and lung irritation from exposure to quats, this is a particular concern within the gym and fitness community.
Vapor Fresh® Disinfecting Gym Wipes use citric acid to disinfect instead of quats. Citric acid is an approved active ingredient on the EPA’s Safer Chemical Ingredients List and these wipes carry the lowest EPA toxicity rating where they are not even required to have a warning label. Even with this citric acid chemistry, Vapor Fresh® Disinfecting Gym Wipes are still EPA registered to disinfect 99.9% of germs and are on the EPA List N Disinfectant for Coronavirus.
“The Medical Fitness Association is proud to partner with Vapor Fresh through our Industry Partner program,” said David Flench, FACHE, FMFA, Interim CEO, Medical Fitness Association. “Our program allows us to share industry products with our medical fitness membership. In this time when disinfecting has become so heightened at fitness facilities, it’s important to have vendors like Vapor Fresh that are offering an effective product without the harsh chemicals.”
Vapor Fresh has been manufacturing stronger, safer, greener cleaning products for the sports & fitness industry since 2008. Along with their disinfecting gym wipes, they also manufacture botanically-based cleaning sprays for sports pads and fitness equipment, laundry detergents for active households that wash a lot of athleisure and sports jerseys, and 100% natural foot & shoe powders.
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Click here to learn more about Vapor Fresh.
Say hi to Ryan Glatt, Brain Health Coach & Fitness Instructor at the Pacific Brain Health Center in Santa Monica, CA. Check out how Ryan is using “exergaming” to enhance cognition! Don’t miss his April 7th MFA webinar, Your Brain on Exercise!
MFA certified facility member, Reh-Fit Centre, based in Manitoba, Canada is offering a month-long virtual seminar series for their members…and you!
According to their website, FitTalks is a virtual series bringing together experts from the fields of health and fitness to educate, inspire, and support your overall well-being. Reh-Fit is offering several smart heart health-related opportunities and educational workshops. All sessions are available virtually and are open to the public. Missed a session? No worries! If you scroll down on their FitTalks web page, you’ll see links to past sessions.
Click here to visit Reh-Fit’s FitTalks page to read about their sessions and register.