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What is the MedFit Network?

The MedFit Network (MFN) is a free online directory for the community and professional membership organization for fitness and allied healthcare professionals.

Our Mission

The MFN believes that exercise is valuable for those with chronic health & medical conditions. Developing a plan for a regular exercise & wellness program can be difficult for these people. For the fitness or allied healthcare professional, medical fitness and active aging is a high growth field with incredible potential for your business and making a positive impact on the lives of others.

Thus, our mission is two-fold: to improve the quality of life for the aging population, and those with chronic disease/medical conditions by connecting them to fitness & healthcare professionals with an interest and background with these populations, AND to facilitate and expand education for professionals to learn how to best work with these populations.

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For the Community

MFN provides a free resource directory for people to locate fitness and allied healthcare professionals, including acupuncturists, chiropractors, dietitians, fitness professionals, health & wellness coaches, massage therapists, mental health professionals and physical therapists.

These professionals have an interest and background in working with clients interested in healthy/active aging, and those with chronic disease/medical conditions, including but not limited to: Alzheimer’s, Arthritis, Cancer, Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, Heart Disease, Joint Replacement, Mental Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Obesity, Parkinson’s, Pre & Postnatal Care, Respiratory Disease and Stroke.

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For Fitness and Allied Healthcare Professionals

MFN is a membership organization for professionals to be found by the community seeking their services. Professional members receive a full page profile on the MFN directory.

We recognize the necessity of continuing education, and we collaborate with other continuing education and medical organizations to elevate the quality and amount of available education for professionals to learn how to best work with our aging population or those with medical conditions, chronic disease or disabilities.

Among the benefits of professional membership, members receive free access to video education, including bi-monthly continuing education webinars and a subscription to MedFit TV.

Members also receive exclusive discounts from MFN’s 80+ education and business partners — from certification and continuing education (including the Medical Fitness Tour conference) to industry products and services.

To learn more about professional membership, and the benefits of joining the MedFit Network:

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A Resource for Medical & Health Organizations

The MFN donates its services as a national database management company to medical and health organizations that do not offer resources for locating fitness & allied healthcare professionals with a background in prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. MFN provides its services to a growing list of medical and health organizations.

We’re proud to be a resource provider for the following organizations:

Volunteer Driven

The MFN has been mostly volunteer-driven and was founded by Lisa Dougherty, Dr. John Heydt and Dr. David Kruse. Many of MFN’s founding advisory board members were professionals who worked on Olympic athletes.The MFN project is supported by professional membership dues. Professional membership is $169/yr and facilities $299/yr which includes unlimited associate staff memberships. All monies from professional membership dues are invested back into the network for continued growth and allow MFN to donate its services & resources to medical & health organizations.

Letter from the Founder

I have two stories for you on why I founded the MedFit Network. One is personal and the other is factual.

Lisa 10.14 cropWhy this is personal for me:
when I founded MFN, my father was a cancer survivor, 4 times over. He inspired me to pursue a career that involved helping others and promoting wellness. I went back to school to become a Fitness Instructor and have since obtained specialty training to properly assist people with chronic medical conditions.Exercise has an essential role in the treatment and prevention of many chronic medical conditions. It also improves overall health and quality of life. These benefits are applicable to people of all ages and most all states of health.

Here are the facts*: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, by 2030 the aging population will more than double to about 71 million placing unprecedented demands on the provisions of health care and aging-related services. Public health efforts to promote health and functional independence are critical strategies in helping older adults stay healthy and live independently.

Regular physical activity is one globally accepted strategy to promote and preserve health. Developing a plan for regular exercise can be difficult and people with chronic medical conditions have an even greater challenge. A qualified fitness professional can be an essential partner in developing a progressive fitness program. Individuals with chronic medical conditions need to find a fitness professional that has specialty training and who understands their needs and limitations. Ideally, this fitness professional will also have the opportunity to work in conjunction with professionals from all areas of healthcare.

My goal is to bring to the community a network of qualified fitness and healthcare professionals who have a high level of knowledge, skill, and expertise. This network will serve the growing demands of our aging population. What better way to achieve my lifelong passion for helping others than by promoting wellness and quality of life on a national level and to make my Dad proud.

Sincerely,
Lisa Dougherty
Lisa Dougherty
Founder & CEO

*Source: https://www.cdc.gov/aging/emergency/general.htm

Letter from the Chief Medical Officer

workThe MedFit Network recognizes the importance of exercise and a holistic approach to the care of chronic disease. This is essential to provide individuals with chronic conditions the opportunity to maximize their health and quality of life.

We believe in the power of information and the tremendous ability knowledge can have to fight disease and discomfort. In consultation with our Advisory Board and patient organizations across the country, we work hard to bring to you the latest news and information on how the fitness community and its partners can improve people’s lives.

The MFN is a compilation of allied healthcare professionals from many different industries. Our goal is to provide you a network of professionals trained in the care of many medical conditions, which may include:

Alzheimers
Arthritis
Breast Cancer
Cancer
Diabetes
Fibromyalgia
Heart Disease
Mental Disorders
Multiple Sclerosis
Osteoporosis
Parkinson’s
Pre & Postnatal Care
Respiratory Disease
Stroke

Please explore our site for more information regarding these health conditions and how our network can best serve you.

Sincerely,
David W. Kruse
David W. Kruse, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer

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