Being healthy isn’t about losing 100 pounds. Or running a marathon. Or bench pressing your boyfriend. Being healthy is about making the small changes, taking the baby steps, every day to improve your overall quality of life. It’s about being able to enjoy the little things — like an evening stroll with your family or a paddle around the lake. It’s about treating your mind, body and soul right. And it’s about taking care of your No. 1 asset: You.
When I was asked to let you all know about the Michigan Fitness Foundation’s Healthy Living Awards, I couldn’t pass it up. Because I believe that everyone who is making a concerted effort to make healthy choices and improve themselves deserve to be recognized.
Besides, this organization is close to my heart. This past year I served as one of the governor’s Fitness Ambassadors for the Labor Day Bridge Run. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. To get to share my story and help other people see that a healthy life is within their reach? An absolutely precious gift. Even more than that? I got to run the Mackinac Bridge. At sunrise. With other people who’ve made positive changes in their lives — and help others do so as well. A true once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
So, here’s the gist:
The Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports invites Michigan residents to nominate an individual, organization or event for one of six Governor’s Fitness Award categories. The Governor’s Council is looking for individuals who have overcome adversity to pursue a healthier lifestyle or encourage others to live health-consciously; an organization or event that promotes healthy lifestyles in their community; a workplace that makes exercising or making healthy food choices convenient and fun for employees. While each award category is unique, all recognize a similar goal, to improve the health of Michigan. To make a nomination or learn more about the awards visit www.michiganfitness.org/gfa. There are a number of different awards. Click the links below to learn more about the awards and access the nomination form.
- Charles T. Kuntzleman “Accepting the Challenge” Award — Recognizes an individual who has overcome great challenges to pursue physical activity as a part of daily life.
- Vern Seefeldt Lifetime Achievement Award — Recognizes an individual who has made landmark contributions to the health of Michigan residents though research, teaching, professional practice, policy or volunteer involvement related to physical activity or fitness.
- Achievement Award for Public Officials — Recognizes advocates and spokespeople for healthy living through their public role.
- Governor’s Council Champion for Health Award — Honors an individual for his/her work promoting health lifestyles on a grassroots level.
- Governor’s Council Extraordinary Event/Organization Award — Honors events or organizations that provide physical fitness opportunities for the public at large.
- Governor’s Council Outstanding Healthy Workplace Award — Honors workplaces that promote and encourage wellness, physical fitness and healthy living.
So, what are you waiting for? Nominate someone you know who’s made an impact on his/her health — and the health of others — by making the conscious choice to lead an active, healthy lifestyle. Nominations are due Tuesday, Dec. 31.