Apr 27, 2018
There are different motivational factors that are pushing people to focus on their health. More people are now changing their diet, exercising more, or getting into yoga and meditation. I truly see that as a growing trend. - Lisa Dougherty of MedFit Network http://bit.ly/wfpodcast
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What steps are the medical, fitness, and wellness industries taking to ensure Baby Boomers can live the healthy lives they desire?
In Wellness Force Radio episode 193, President and Founder of MedFit Network, Lisa Dougherty, shares health organizations and professionals are helping the aging population adapt to healthier lifestyles, the benefits that the MedFit Network provides for members, and what led her down this path of helping people achieve better wellness.
Whether you are a caregiver, grandparent, or simply want to feel more energized every day, find out where and how you can start being healthier now.
"I'm really tough on myself and when I'm feeling sad, I think about what my dad would say to me. Somehow, I connect with that and then I know the right thing to do. So, having a practice like that helps to keep me grounded." - Lisa Dougherty of @MedFitNet http://bit.ly/wfpodcast
MedFit Network (MFN) is a free online resource directory for people to locate fitness & allied healthcare professionals who provide services for those with chronic disease/medical conditions, including but not limited to: Alzheimer’s, Arthritis, Autism, Cancer, Diabetes, Disabilities Fibromyalgia, Heart Disease, Mental Health Challenges, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Osteoporosis, Respiratory Disease, Stroke and women’s health issues including pre & postpartum care.
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; The MFN mission is to improve the quality of life for those with chronic disease, medical conditions, have disabilities or who need pre or postnatal care help by connecting them to fitness & healthcare professionals with an interest and background in the treatment and rehabilitation of various diseases and medical conditions.
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.
The MFN helps market on their behalf to create and maintain a registry for the following professionals: acupuncturists, chiropractors, dietitians, fitness/yoga, health & wellness coaches, massage therapists, mental health professionals, and physical therapists. The MFN also works with consumer-based magazines for community outreach to promote this network.
"There are different motivational factors that are pushing people to focus on their health. More people are now changing their diet, exercising more, or getting into yoga and meditation. I truly see that as a growing trend." - Lisa Dougherty of @MedFitNet http://bit.ly/wfpodcast
"I always felt like there was something that I was supposed to do with my life and I really do think it's my ability to bring people together. While my dad was ill, he was still my mentor and very supportive. There were many times when I wanted to give up because everything was so overwhelming, but he kept telling me, "You can't give up," and that mantra became a part of me." - Lisa Dougherty
"I want to leave something behind that's greater than me. The MedFit Network is a very important project for me because I feel like I'm positioning myself to really influence and change a lot of people's lives in a positive way and improve their quality of life. We really need as much help as we can get because we're more obese and sicker than ever as a population right now." - Lisa Dougherty
"The Internet and trying to figure out healthcare can be overwhelming. I really wanted to make MedFit Network be the go-to place for people. We have doctors who helped create this and we even have an entire medical advisory board who have come together to create this project. So, this is a trusted website and that's why we have 30 different medical and health organizations that all recommend MFN to people who need to get help." - Lisa Dougherty
"Some people are becoming caregivers and they want to try to get in better shape and health to be able to take care of a parent. There are also older people who are being motivated to make changes in their life to spend better quality time with their grandkids. Then, we have the circle of aging people who want to retire, but they can't so they have to work longer and they're looking at trying to get healthier so they can do their job for more years. So, there are several different motivational factors that are pushing people out there to maybe do something that they might not have otherwise done. More people are now motivated to change their diet, do more exercise, or get into breathwork and meditation. I see that as a growing trend now." - Lisa Dougherty
Lisa Dougherty is the President and Founder of MedFit Network. She graduated from the University of Ca, Irvine, 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. Coursework includes Heart Disease, Breast Cancer Recovery, MS, Parkinson’s, Diabetes, Dementia, Arthritis, Respiratory Disease, Fibromyalgia, Knee & hip replacement, and Pre & postpartum fitness.
Lisa founded Whole Body Fitness in 1999 and has helped many people of all ages. 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 enjoys working out, running, art & museums, travel to tropical locations, and her canine and feline family.
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