Stretching Charts, Inc., doing business as Visual Health Information (VHI), has
been in the business of providing exercises and information for fitness and
health professionals since 1980. The company was formed by John E. and Ann C.
Beaulieu in Springfield, Oregon. In 1985 they moved the company to its present
location, Tacoma, Washington.
VHI strives to produce educational materials of the highest quality.
Professionals in the fitness and health care fields use these materials to
create handouts for their clients and patients. These handouts will assist the
client/patient with home exercise routines or provide additional information as
follow-through to their visit with the professional.
The president of the company John E. Beaulieu, Ph.D. seeks out, as the
company’s authors, fitness and health care professionals with specialties in
the areas for which they will be developing products. Then the products are
carefully reviewed by a board of fitness and health care professionals. Ann
Beaulieu forms this review board from peers in the particular area for which
the product is being developed. Ann works closely with the authors, the review
board, and the graphics department of VHI to produce materials which are
technically correct, have clear and attractive graphics, and concise readable
At present VHI features two product formats: In 1991 VHI moved its focus from
consumable pads of tear-off information sheets to the creation of kits of cards
with reproducible images and text. The ability to create individualized
routines for clients by choosing various cards to photocopy makes the kit line
very popular. VHI has sold over 140,000 card kits worldwide. In 1999 VHI
launched its second format, the computerized PC-KITS. This made the very
popular kits of cards even more flexible by putting them into a software
program which allows the user to build routines with a simple click of the
mouse. The many additional features of the software program and its
user-friendly nature are moving it to the forefront of software packages in
both the fitness and rehab fields.