Academy Of Functional Exercise
Making Exercise Healthy Medicine
for People and Communities
Our mission is to provide people and communities with intelligent, effective, inspiring, self-sufficient ways to be healthy in body and actions:
* Develop and teach methods that make medicine and exercise healthier, and daily life into built-in physical, emotional, social, and environmental health -- functional exercise and medicine,
* Reduce injury and pain syndromes by integrating healthy biomechanics into ordinary daily life movement (this is functional exercise and medicine; true fitness as a lifestyle),
* Address unhealthy practices in fitness, sports, health care, and daily life and interactions,
* Encourage mind set that fitness, health care, and medicine are ongoing outside the gym, in your daily physical, mental, and community interactions and projects,
* Provide methods and training for compassion and empathy in medicine, and responsibility and accountability in health care,
* Reward intelligent health initiatives, good humor, and self-empowerment,
* Keep the process fun - we put the fun in functional.
How | What | Welcome | Benefits | Who | Mascot | Awards for You | Physician Recommended | Be Involved
We are an international organization providing:
Functional Exercise Medicine?
Mr. Jim Morris writes on his Academy Appointment:
in Green Health,
and Hall of Fame
Award design by
- The Academy gives annual awards to thank, recognize, and support
those who make the world healthier.
- (The Academy Awards!)
- Get ideas on the Projects page and the Practitioners page. Send
Dr. Bookspan your inspirational stories. e-Mail: Success AT DrBookspan DOT com
- Award categories for physicians, individuals, health instructors,
teachers, and others who lead by example. You can endow a memorial award. e-Mail: AcademyAwards @ DrBookspan DOT com
- Academy Awards - Our World Awards for Leading World Health
- Our Hall of Fame 2009.
Recommend Our Work
- "Dr. Bookspan is widely acclaimed for her work in human physiology and sports medicine... known in scientific circles for successfully debunking traditional, but ineffective or wrong ideas. For that reason some have compared her to Galileo for changing the "held paradigm." She is known as a careful and brilliant researcher who has found the reasons why things were not working, and changed the paradigm to a more simple and more effective one. Her methods to reverse pain and injury are gems of common sense management."
- Dr. Ernest S Campbell, MD, FACS Board Certified, General Surgery (Retired), Chairman Department of Surgery, Board of Directors Brookwood Medical Center. Birmingham Alabama
- "I attended last year for your classes and came back specifically for more. I reinforced lessons learned - useful evidence based methods for treating pain. It makes my own back feel better. You are so genuine and passionate about the science. I refer patients to your books and programs daily."
- Dr. Scott Loree, MD, ER Family Practice, Edmonton Alberta
- "The workshops gave me a vastly improved understanding of mechanics and rarely presented ways of utilizing them for health and problem elimination/control. The overall learning/insight is excellent; the information of immediate clinical therapeutic use. I very highly recommend these courses."
- Dr. Linder Wingo, M.D.
- "Jolie, Under your direction and experience, many updated techniques will follow."
- Joseph Estwanik MD FACSM, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Author of Sports Medicine for the Combat Arts, Chairman of Ringside Physician's Course U.S. Olympic Training Center
- "It has been my great fortune to have the privilege to direct a medical school elective program. Thus it has been that budding clinicians for three years were privileged to learn first hand from faculty member Dr. Bookspan about healthy patterns for living and activity. It will be a great benefit to all their future patients (and themselves) if they continue to explore, learn, and apply the information and experience of Dr. Bookspan through the Academy of Functional Exercise Medicine."
- Dr. Tom Kessler, MD, MSPH, FAAFP, FAWM
- Lead our free programs for your own groups. Bookspan Basics - group training drills give you programs training lifelong health for your schools, camps, leagues, and other healthy group structure.
- Put your good ideas and talents into practice. We offer fun projects to make your health and the world better. Get priceless instruction in return for your participation - artists, architects, engineers, photographers, musicians, marketing geniuses, karma capitalists, honest workers, journalists, accountants, tradesmen, craftsmen, technicians, lawyers, communication specialists, YOU. Projects added often - Be prepared to have fun and use your brain. Click Fun Projects.
- Enter the LOGO contest. Design the Academy logos - including Certifications, Fellow Advancement, and the main logo for the Academy itself. Credit to the designer remains. Logo designs should be simple,and incorporate concepts of brains, functional strength, and world care. Other concepts and ideas welcome. More info and submissions - click Projects.
- Are you our next Director of Youth Programs, Communications Liaison, or Director of Electronic Media Learning? Youth Director oversees and initiates nationwide programs training lifelong health, starting with Bookspan Basics - group training drills, Fitness as a Lifestyle, and Emotional Fitness for schools, camps, leagues, and other healthy group structure, building a nation-wide program. Communications Director liaisons with press and distribution avenues to increase awareness and fun for all. Director of Electronic Learning writes and makes cool fun internet and cloud based apps, DVDs, learning channels, more. Send projects you are doing or developing in these topics and others to Dr. Bookspan. Click here to see what our existing Directors have achieved and how to add your talents.
- Take Classes. Learn how to bring healthful techniques back to your fitness rehab and medical centers, and also to orphanages, Indian Reservations, elder communities, impoverished communities, the World. Click classes.
- Become Certified through the Academy.
- Earn Membership. There are no membership dues, just membership "do's" - To be a member, you DO need to be good, and do good. Membership is by sweat-equity. Welcome. Your membership is good as long as you are. More on membership, and Membership Card down-loadable from this site, coming soon. WATCH THIS SPACE.
- Wear and Share Healthy Fun. Get and give T-shirts, funny health reminders, gifts with UNcommon sense gifts from the Academy.
- Send your success stories using our methods for a smart healthy happy life. e-mail: Success @ DrBookspan DOT com
- Health updates, quick & short: Twitter.com/TheFitnessFixer.
- Endow an enduring program - e-mail AcademyAwards @ DrBookspan DOT com
- Donate to support scholarships and materials. Click the yellow donate button for PayPal. Thank you !
Mr. Nakhlé and model both demonstrate the forward head, a common source of upper body pain.
Take our seminars to learn how to fix this injury and keep pain from coming back.
NEXT - see the Directors, Practitioners, and Certified Students page
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