By: William G. Rohrer Staff
We’re proud to announce that our Fitness Specialist Rick Daiutolo is the 2019 MFA North East Region Rising Star!
The Medical Fitness Association (MFA), a non-profit organization, was formed in 1991 to assist medically-integrated health and fitness centers achieve their full potential. Each year, MFA certified facilities are nominated and recognized for Medical Fitness Facility and Professional of the Year awards. Awards were presented during the 28th Annual International Conference Awards Ceremony in Orlando, Florida. These awards celebrate and honor the best and the brightest in medical fitness center management.
Rick started off as an intern at Virtua William G. Rohrer Center for HealthFitness in 2017. We quickly realized that he brings an amazing energy to the fitness floor and we wanted to keep him on staff at our facility, so we hired him prior to the end of his internship. Rick has only been on the fitness team for about 2 years, but he is looked at by other staff as a role model.
When Rick was an intern, he shadowed our small group training Functional Balance Class and would teach parts of the class. He ended up taking over the class shortly after he was hired. The class was so well received that we have since opened two additional classes to meet the requests of our members. In addition to the Functional Balance Class, Rick has also started and grown a small group training class called Build Stronger Bones geared to members with osteoporosis.
Rick approached us with this idea after he had provided a FREE information session to our members about what exercises are appropriate for those that have osteoporosis. Our members enjoyed his information sessions so much they wanted to meet with him for classes on a regular basis so we added the Build Stronger Bones classes onto our small group training schedule. That class has grown from 1 to 8 classes included 2 classes that are a level two class for participants that have started the class with him. Our staff looks to set him up with any member that has balance concerns or osteoporosis. Rick has also taken an interest in working with members with Parkinson’s and has created a small group training class for that population as well.
In addition to having success with our small group training classes, Rick has been a wonderful addition to our team to help with our Medical Integration program. He has always helped perform a lot of assessments for those getting started in the program and develops their workout programs, but he has recently started teaching 2 of the supervised classes and we have seen the number of participants in his classes improve. Our members enjoy working with him in the program and have transitioned into personal training clients because they want to continue to work with him as they feel that he is helping them make improvements to their health. He goes above and beyond every day to help with members or even doing repairs to fitness equipment. Rick is absolutely a Rising Star in our industry!
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