FIA partnership deal a step in the right direction

Any initiative that sees meditation become more integrated within the health industry is always a good sign. Earlier this year, the UK’s Fitness Industry Association (FIA) signed a partnership deal with the Meditation Foundation (see Spar Opportunities).

This saw the Meditation Foundation become a ‘FIA Vanguard member’, supporting initiatives with GPs, healthcare providers, and educational institutions, alongside social and community groups. This collaborative approach is very much what is needed to ensure the benefits of mediation are more widely understood and experienced firsthand. Here’s what the article had to say:

The partnership will look to provide FIA members with the opportunity to experience a core “Meditation and Mindfulness for Health and Wellbeing” programme that can be used as an additional revenue income to traditional group exercise sessions. There will also be an accredited teacher training programmes for members of staff.

FIA chief executive David Stalker said: “This partnership highlights our extending role to work across all aspects of health and wellbeing.

“Evidence based research supports the benefits of Meditation and Mindfulness in public health and we are looking forward to working closely with the foundation to establish core programmes and teacher training initiatives to help us create a healthier nation.”

The long term programme will also tie in with National Stress Awareness Day in November, on which taster sessions will be offered with trained Meditation Foundation teachers.

Stuart Bold, CEO of the Meditation Foundation, said: “The partnership presents exciting, timely and extensive opportunity for all involved to significantly improve the health and wellbeing (physical and mental) of a very wide array of the UK population.

“It also provides FIA and REPs members with the ability to offer innovative, relevant and attractive programmes as a new and sustainable source of revenue generation. We very much look forward to collaborating with the FIA, its members and partners”.

With everyone under so much pressure these days it’s a welcome move to see active engagement, with organisations collaborating to improve the health of the nation. Let’s hope that more people will benefit from meditation and find relief from the stress and anxiety of modern day life.

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