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Lisa Dougherty Interviewed on Never Too Late for Fitness Podcast with Phil Faris

MFN founder Lisa Dougherty was recently interviewed by Phil Faris, host of the Never Too Late for Fitness podcast. Listen below:

Description from Never Too Late for Fitness Podcast:

Lisa Dougherty is a fitness industry pioneer, a personal trainer as well as CEO of Medical Fitness Network and President of MedFit Education Foundation.

Lisa graduated from the University of California, Irvine’s Fitness Instructor Program, and went on to get her Certified Personal Trainer and Health Coach Certifications through the American Council on Exercise. She has many specialty certifications to work with those with medical conditions, post-surgical/rehab as well as pre-& postpartum fitness.

Lisa founded Whole Body Fitness in 1999 and has helped many people of all ages achieve their fitness goals. Lisa provided volunteer service as the President of the OC Nutrition & Fitness Council, a nonprofit organization, overseeing the organization’s mission and monitoring nutrition programs at schools in Orange County.

Lisa has been recognized as a fitness leader several times including Personal Fitness Professional Magazine naming her a Trainer of the Year Finalist in 2016 and finalist for the 2015 Trailblazer Award. She was also a 2016 finalist for the White House Champion of Change.

As impressive as these accomplishments sound, the projects Lisa is working on now promise to be real game changers in the medical fitness arena.

During the interview Lisa shares:

  • How the Medical Fitness Network connects the community to fitness, wellness, and allied health professionals to maximize quality of life.
  • Why people with medical conditions and chronic diseases need specialized fitness and health care.
  • What inspired her to start the MFN.
  • How MFN helps nonprofit medical and health organizations better serve their members.
  • Why top medical, wellness and fitness experts volunteer their time and experience to help MFN achieve their mission.
  • How MFN provides education to prepare professionals to serve specialized populations.
  • What her next projects are as well the exciting possibilities for MFN and the medical fitness marketplace.
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September 22 is Falls Prevention Awareness Day

1 in 4 Americans over 65 falls every year. Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries for seniors. Through practical lifestyle adjustments, evidence-based programs, and community partnerships, the number of falls among the aging population can be reduced!

September 22 is the National Council on Aging‘s Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Visit the NCOA website for more info on fall prevention.

6 Steps to Prevent a Fall

 

Graphic courtesy of National Council on Aging.

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The PHIT Act: Insurance Reimbursement for Fitness Trainers?

Senior Woman Holding Fitness Sign With Family In BackgroundThe PHIT Act (Personal Health Investment Today) H.R. 1218 (U.S. House of Representatives) & S.2218 (U.S. Senate) is pending legislation that expands the IRS definition of a medical expense to include physical activity as a form of prevention.  The practical impact of this definitional change would allow consumers to use their pre-tax medical accounts (HSAs & FSAs) on physical activity expenses to promote healthy lifestyles.  The PHIT Act is an innovative concept that helps address two major Congressional concerns: (1) rising health care costs (2) the budget deficit. The rise in sedentary lifestyles is a major contributor to higher obesity rates and an increased incidence of expensive, preventable chronic illnesses. The PHIT Act will help reverse the ‘Inactivity Pandemic’ by providing an economic incentive to invest in physical activity.  If enacted, physical activity expenses could be reimbursed using money in pre-tax medical accounts.

THE PHIT ACT:  GREAT FOR THE FITNESS INDUSTRY

With nearly 82 million Americans who are physically inactive, working out in a health club, attending a group fitness class, or hiring a personal fitness trainer are three ways that Americans of all ages can get off the couch and moving.

“The best way to address our health care crisis is to improve health through exercise and physical activity,” says Tom Cove, president/CEO, Sports & Fitness Industry Association (Silver Spring, MD). “Being a member of a health club can be a great way to stay physically active for a lifelong physical activity that can make a difference in the health of Americans.  The PHIT Act will encourage increased participation in fitness activities.”

To encourage your local Congressman and two U.S. Senators to pass the PHIT (Personal Health Investment Today) Act, PHIT America has created an electronic letter on its website (PHITAmerica.org) which can be sent to members of Congress on Capitol Hill, asking them to co-sponsor and support the PHIT Act.

phit-pepHOW WOULD THE PHIT ACT WORK?

Currently, pre-tax medical accounts are primarily used for reimbursement of medical expenses once you become sick.  The PHIT Act would allow taxpayers to place up to $2,000 a year in existing pre-tax medical accounts for reimbursement of physical activity expenses.

By attaching a financial incentive to a physically active lifestyle, it will result in improving the health of all Americans. The PHIT Act will put prevention in our health care system and increase spending in the fitness industry.

“The PHIT Act would allow funds to be applied to most fitness expenses, such as fitness equipment purchases (treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bikes), health club memberships, group fitness classes, and fees for personal fitness trainers,” says Jim Baugh, founder, PHIT America, the non-profit cause working to get the PHIT Act passed.

The PHIT Act will also cover physical activity expenses such as sports league registration fees; pay-to-play fees;entry fees for 5K runs, triathlons, & marathons; and sport-specific equipment purchases such as golf clubs, baseball bats, soccer cleats, basketballs, and protective gear for baseball, football, and ice hockey.

Learn more at about PHIT Act legislation.