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Inclusive Fitness Coalition Stakeholder Strategy Session

Thank you for participating! The 2008 Inclusive Fitness Coalition Stakeholder Strategy Session was held Wednesday, October 15, 2008 from 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. CT at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Thank you to everyone who joined us at this meeting to help identify and strategize the next steps for the IFC in its continued efforts to increase access to and participation in physical activity for people with disabilities.

Launched in 2007, the Inclusive Fitness Coalition (IFC) has, as its mission, "to facilitate an expanded coordination of organizations and individuals to address the complexity of personal, social, cultural, political, and economic factors that affect the participation of people with disabilities in physical activity, fitness, sports and recreation." The Coalition is making progress in several key areas. Your contribution is valued as we develop strategies to expand the impact of the IFC by leveraging the efforts of those working toward inclusiveness in all areas of physical activity.

Inclusive Fitness Conference

The Stakeholder meeting preceded this first-ever conference taking place at McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago that challenges fitness and wellness practitioners to learn about creating and executing a plan of action to make fitness facilities accessible to all. Presentations took place on a wide variety of topics, including fitness techniques, exercise science, recreation, sports, assistive technology, programming, health promotion, evidence-based practice, wellness, and more. Attendees included owners and operators of commercial, private, and medical fitness and wellness centers, as well as professional practitioners within those fields.

The host show, Club Industry 2008, is in its 23rd year and is the premier event for commercial fitness and nutrition, gathering over 5,000 fitness industry professionals to see and try out the latest in equipment, products, and services, to network with other industry professionals, and to learn how to better serve its members and clients. For more information on the Inclusive Fitness Conference, contact the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD) at 800-900-8086 or For more information on Club Industry 2008, go to or call 800-559-0620.


Meeting Materials:

Strategy Meeting Agenda and Media Kit

Strategy Meeting Powerpoint Presentation

Strategy Meeting Minutes


Meeting participants:



  • Beneficial Designs, Inc.
    • Seanna Kringen, Research Associate


  • Center for Disability Issues and the Health Professions
    • June Isaacson Kailes, Associate Director and IFC Executive Committee Member


  • Chicago Park District
    • Annette Dodaja, Assistant to the Director
    • Daniel Ferreira, Adaptive Sport Program
    • Jaclyn Jones


  • Department of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago
    • Yochai Eisenberg, Project Coordinator
    • Faye Weinstein, Graduate Student
    • Kiyoshi Yamaki, Project Director and Research Assistant Professor


  • Department of Kinesiology, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
    • Marquell Johnson, Assistant Professor


  • FPG Child Development Institute, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • Chris Mackey, Healthy Communities Coordinator


  • Inclusive Fitness Initiative, United Kingdom
    • Sue Catton, National Director IFI & IFC Executive Committee Member
    • Howard Davies, IFI Staff Liason
    • Dawn Hughes, IFI Staff Liason



  • Lauren Howard, Consultant & IFC Executive Committee Member


  • Life Fitness
    • Mike Hirsh, Biomechanics Senior Engineer


  • Mary Novotny, Nurse Rehabilitation Consultant and IFC Executive Committee Member



  • National Center on Physical Activity and Disability
    • James Rimmer, Director and IFC Executive Committee Co-Chair
    • Amy Rauworth, Associate Director and IFC Staff Liason
    • Gillian Goodfriend, IFC Staff Liason
    • Blythe Hiss, IFC Staff Liason
    • Carrie Lullo, Graduate Student & IFC Staff Liason
    • Jessica Madrigal, Graduate Student & IFC Staff Liason
    • Sheila Swann-Guerrero, IFC Staff Liason
    • Melissa McCall, IFC Staff Liason


  • New Directions Wellness Center, The University of Montana
    • James J. Laskin, Director & Associate Professor





  • Shriners Hospitals for Children
    • Patricia Johnson, Director of Rehabilitation Services
    • Nancy Scullion



  • The Montana Disability and Health Program
    • Meg Ann Traci, Project Director
    • Desirae Ware, Graduate Assistant


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