I thought I should provide a little bit more information about the Governor’s Fitness Awards, for which I’ve been selected as an honoree. Here’s a little more information about the awards and my fellow honorees from the Michigan Fitness Foundation:
It is not often that corporate, nonprofit and community leaders come together with legislators and health advocates in one room to recognize individuals for their daily efforts. However, on April 26 at 6 p.m. in Ford Field, 18 Michigan residents will experience just that. Their recognition is part of the 2012 Governor’s Fitness Awards, an annual event hosted by Michigan Fitness Foundation. The event serves as a platform for acknowledging individuals, public officials and organizations that are committed to healthy living.
At the celebration, special guest Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will showcase inspiring stories from communities throughout Michigan. The event also features keynote speaker Bobby Smith of En Garde Detroit, who will discuss his passion for getting inner-city youth involved in physical activity programs. Individuals interested in attending and celebrating the importance of healthy choices may visit www.michiganfitness.org/gfa for an event invitation and reservation form.
This year, the Governor’s Fitness Awards honors the following individuals and organizations for their amazing accomplishments. Each award category recognizes the variety of ways honorees are encouraging and inspiring Michigan residents to live a healthy lifestyle. Overall winners from categories with more than one honoree will be announced the evening of the gala event.
Champion for Health Award
The award honors an individual for their work promoting healthy lifestyles on a grassroots level.
- Jordan Levin, Keego Harbor
- Katrina I. Crawley, Detroit
- Kevin Summers, Manistee
Outstanding Public Official Award
The award recognizes advocates and spokespeople for healthy living through their public role.
- George Sedlacek, Marquette
Extraordinary Event/Organization Award
The award honors events or organizations that provide opportunities for physical activity within their communities.
- Oakwood Red October Run, Dearborn
- Southeastern Livingston Country Recreation Authority, Brighton
- EcoTrek, Spring Lake <— Hey! That’s Cari.
Outstanding Healthy Workplace Award
The award honors workplaces that actively encourage wellness, fitness and healthy living.
- Henry Ford Health System, Detroit
- Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Grand Rapids
- Accident Fund Insurance Company of America, Lansing
Charles T. Kuntzleman Accepting the Challenge Award
The award recognizes an individual who has overcome challenges to pursue physical activity as a part of daily life.
- Misty Young, Westland
- Bill Barkeley, Grand Rapids
- Ian Wilson, Sault Ste. Marie
Conquering Obesity — Individual
The award honors individuals who have conquered obesity through dedication to physical activity and healthy eating.
- Kimberly Warren, Comstock Park <— Hey! That’s me.
- Peter Thomas, Ann Arbor
- Kimiko Adolph, Wayne
Vern Seefeldt Lifetime Achievement Award
The award honors an individual who has made landmark contributions throughout his or her career to the health of Michigan residents.
- Florine Mark, Farmington Hills <— Holy cow! I can’t believe I’m being recognized at the same event as Florine Mark!
Inspiring Story/Event Award
The award recognizes an inspirational event related to health or sports that elevates the character of that activity and motivates others to pursue healthier living.
- Detroit Cass Tech Football Team, Detroit
The Governor’s Fitness Awards event also serves as a fundraiser for the Michigan Fitness Foundation, a nonprofit public charity foundation working to create a healthier Michigan. The event is presented by AT&T, with additional sponsor support from Meridian Health Plan of Michigan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Domino’s Pizza, MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, Detroit Medical Center, Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan, Great Lakes Health Plan, Michigan State Medical Society, William Beaumont Hospital, Henry Ford Health System, Health Alliance Plan, Oakwood Healthcare, Michigan Association of Health Plans, Quicken/Rock Financial, Molina Healthcare, ProCare Health Plan, OmniCare, Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights, Upper Peninsula Health Plan, Consumers Energy, Public Affairs Associates, Michigan Health and Hospital Association, and Fraser Trebilcock Davis and Dunlap, PC.
The Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports and the Michigan Fitness Foundation envision a physically educated population with the knowledge and skills to enjoy a healthy, vigorous and safe lifestyle in communities designed to support physical activity. For more information, visit www.michiganfitness.org.