Say hi to Garren Harter, General Manager at the Hancock Wellness Center-Greenfield. Enjoy his inspiring story…but don’t miss the incredible video of Garren working out with his (very) young son!!
Say hi to Maya Arrington, the Co-Founder of the first MFA Student Chapter! Read more about this amazing student and her dreams for quality healthcare that reduces health disparities and inequalities!
Say hi to Karen Salazar, the Founder of the first MFA Student Chapter! Read more about this amazing student as she heads out into the world!
Say hi to Tom Johnston, the Founder of the Talent Optimizer Group based in Denver, CO. Check out Tom’s efforts to help people do the work they love to do every day and increase world happiness!
Say hi to Connor McNeil, the Assistant Director at the Riverside Wellness and Fitness Centers in Newport News and Gloucester, VA. Check out Connor’s great advice to those coming into the medical fitness industry!
Project 435 – Uniting the Fitness Industry to share ONE Message with One Voice!
Project 435 is a National Health and Fitness Alliance Effort to secure strong representation in every congressional district throughout the United States.
Project 435 goal and #1 priority is collective and committed effort with all stakeholders in the Industry that will form a Team of Fitness professionals that is active in spreading the message to all 435 Members of The House of Representatives through a grassroots effort focusing on the key premise.
The Project 435 and National Health and Fitness Leadership Group will provide each member of the Project 435 team a monthly professionally prepared communication that can be easily personalized by each Fitness Advocate that will be forwarded to their local Congressional District.
Say hi to Rebecca Phillips, the Wellness Operations Supervisor at the Vidant Wellness Center in Greenville, NC. Check out how Rebecca brings her passion & energy in all that she does – it’s inspiring!
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.
Say hi to Katie Kontra, the Fitness Manager at Mount Carmel Fitness in Lewis Center, OH. Check out Katie’s advice to find joy in all the relationships you make in this industry!
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!
Unfortunately, many healthcare business owners don’t even think about selling their company until they get late in the stage of ownership or a prospective buyer approaches them. Business owners should always focus on building a company that will be attractive to buyers from day one. Buyers look for key things that are considered fundamental but unfortunately many owners are lacking. This presentation will enlighten the attendee on optimal preparation for a successful sale.
- Define your “why”: why do you want to sell. Outline why sellers want to sell and why buyers want to buy.
- Identify and define the documents and process of selling a medical or fitness practice.
- What is your practice worth and what will someone pay? Navigate the financial opportunities, obstacles and strategies.
Speaker: Dr. Stephen Black, CEO/Owner of the RockyMountain Human Performance Center
Stephen A. Black is the CEO and owner of RockyMountain Human Performance Center with offices in Boulder, Colorado and Fort Myers, Florida. Stephen has 45+ years’ experience in the health and wellness industry. He has traveled the globe promoting healthy lifestyles and providing expert insight and research in areas related to rehabilitation, fitness and sports specific training. He has worked with professional teams including NFL, NBA, NHL, WNBA and ABL/NBL affiliates. As a Physical Therapist, Athletic Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Coach, Stephen utilizes his expertise and experience to the benefit of his clients. Currently Stephen oversees clinical and research operations at RMHPC, an exercise testing and prescription facility. RMHPC provides individualized programs for athletes, weekend warriors, and post-rehab. clients. In addition to his above-mentioned responsibilities, Stephen is a much sought after and respected lecturer, author and consultant to the health and wellness industry. He serves as an advisor to several organizations and non-profit entities. In his spare time, Stephen enjoys recreational activities such as running, cycling, swimming, skiing and experiential activities that lead to a balanced/integrated lifestyle. He has completed multiple endurance events including the Ironman World Championship in Kona, HI. Stephen’s passion is in assisting others achieve the lifestyle they aspire to.