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 Marla Richmond, MS, Memorial Education Award

Marla Richmond, MS, was an internationally recognized expert in exercise science. She was an author, researcher, international presenter, and expert resource for media. A practicing professional for more than 22 years, Marla was acclaimed worldwide as one of the most innovative teachers of her time. Marla presented her exciting and innovative educational approach to medical professionals, fitness professionals, physical and health educators, and national and international organizations, schools, libraries, and institutions of higher learning worldwide.

She used her degree and her continuing thirst for knowledge to build an amazing career, writing about and teaching the subject of exercise physiology about which she was so passionate.  Marla’s practice as a clinical exercise physiologist brought her clients with needs ranging from a simple fitness program to those living with difficult health issues. She had clients whose goal may have been to win a race and others who simply wished to have the strength to stand up and dance at their child’s wedding. Marla always saw the best in her clients and helped them find the best in themselves. In this fashion, she created a fiercely loyal following of clients, many of whom stayed with her throughout her 20 years of practice.

On May 31, 2010, Marla's family, her family of clients, her many colleagues throughout the fitness industry, the many who attended her lectures and who read the words of her books, articles, newspaper columns and other materials, and those that have yet to be introduced to her work, lost a very special person, wife, mother, teacher, collaborator and friend.  Click here to read more.

"When I think of Marla Richmond, the word passion comes to mind. Marla had an incredible and unmistakable zest for life and for almost anything that crossed her path. She wrapped herself around everything and everybody with the full strength of her love and wisdom. She compromised for no one. No obstacle was too great to overcome in order to ensure that her lesson was heard and understood."
-Michael Richmond


Eligibility Guidelines & Requirements

Candidates must be nominated by others.  Awards are presented each year during the Annual Conference Awards Ceremony. This year's event will be held during the afternoon of Wednesday, November 8, 2017,  in Orlando, Florida. 

The nominee should:

  • Be recognized as an exceptional educator who has shown significant dedication to the medical fitness industry by disseminating innovative, accurate and accessible exercise science, fitness and wellness information to patients, clients, community and members by means of original or unique written materials or programming.
  • Contribute significantly and consistently to the advancement and/or recognition of the profession through service to the Medical Fitness Association and related organizations.
  • Share openly their knowledge and expertise with other health and fitness professionals.

Eligibility (Previous Award winners may apply again after five years)

Any member of the Medical Fitness Association may nominate another individual.  The nominee must be a member of the Medical Fitness Association for at least one year prior for nomination and must be a current member of the Medical Fitness Association. No self-nomination is allowed. 

Nomination deadline has been extended till September 1, 2017



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11/7/2018 » 11/9/2018
27th Annual International Conference

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