The Medical Fitness Education Foundation (MFEF) facilitates education and professional development of fitness and allied healthcare providers to serve our nation’s growing health care need.
In the United States, chronic diseases and conditions and the health risk behaviors that cause them account for most health care costs. Eighty-six percent of the nation’s $2.7 trillion annual health care expenditures are for people with chronic and mental health conditions.
There are approximately eighty million baby boomers (aged 50 and over) in the United States making up 30% of the nation’s population. As this group ages, we are seeing a significant increase in obesity, chronic disease and individuals with multiple medical conditions.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, by 2030, the number of U.S. adults aged 65 or older will more than double to about 71 million. The rapidly increasing number of older Americans has far-reaching implications for our nation’s public health system and will place unprecedented demands on the provision of health care and aging-related services.
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.
Most fitness professionals are taught to work with generally healthy people. Through the Medical Fitness Education Foundation, we strive to facilitate education through professional educational webinars, workshops, and the creation of educational courses.