Medical Fitness Association (MFA) Opens Facility Certification to Nonmember Facilities

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The Medical Fitness Association (MFA) has opened its facility certification program to all medical fitness facilities, regardless of whether they are MFA members. The MFA made this decision in order to provide a mechanism for all health and fitness facilities to benchmark their programs and services against standards and guidelines designed specifically for medically integrated fitness centers. To learn more about becoming an MFA Certified Medical Fitness Facility, please visit http://www.medicalfitness.org.

The Medical Fitness Association (MFA) has opened its facility certification program to all medical fitness facilities, regardless of whether they are MFA members. The MFA made this decision in order to provide a mechanism for all health and fitness facilities to benchmark their programs and services against standards and guidelines designed specifically for medically integrated fitness centers.

"Certified medically integrated fitness centers have the professional expertise and programming necessary to safely and effectively assist all people, regardless of their current health status, to develop, initiate and maintain an active lifestyle that minimizes risk and promotes health and wellness. The MFA seal of approval assures consumers the facility has met the highest quality standards and will offer them appropriate and effective fitness/wellness programming by qualified staff," says Brad A. Roy, Ph.D., FACSM, FACHE, MFA Board Chair Elect and VP/Administrator at Kalispell Regional Medical Center and The Summit in Kalispell, MT.

Many factors distinguish the medical fitness model including: active and regular medical oversight; qualified and credentialed staff; disease management and clinical integration of programs; utilization of an individual's personal health status in creating an individualized exercise prescription to reduce their overall health risk; safety; and, a focus on improving community health.

This announcement comes on the heels of the launch of the first-ever government issued 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. According to Roy, the MFA strongly supports the guidelines and encourages all Americans to participate in these minimum recommended amounts of physical activity. Beyond meeting the physical activity levels recommended in the guidelines, the MFA also encourages all Americans to minimize sedentary behavior throughout the day and to eliminate other risk factors associated with poor health.

The Medical Fitness Association (MFA) is a professional membership association and is the only organization dedicated to the medical fitness difference and integrated care as the prescription for better health. MFA serves facilities and professionals who are committed to promoting the benefits of health and fitness programs on lifestyle-related disease and making medical fitness programs and services available within their community. A nonprofit organization founded in 1991, the MFA is an affiliate of the American Hospital Association and provides industry standards, educational programs, benchmarks, professional development and networking. To learn more about becoming an MFA Certified Medical Fitness Facility, please visit http://www.medicalfitness.org or contact Cary Wing, Ed.D., Executive Director at 804-897-5701.

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