In the fall of 2011, Governor Snyder issued a special message encouraging Michiganders to take a stand against obesity and help build a stronger, healthier Michigan. Since then, several state agencies, non-profits and Michigan businesses have been working on tackling the rising obesity rates of Michigan through a variety of programs and initiatives, and progress has shown. Families across the state have made a conscious effort to improve their health by utilizing Pure Michigan FIT’s resources. 28,113 Michiganders have taken the pledge for MI Healthier Tomorrow. Each day another step is taken towards improving Michigan’s health and the individuals, businesses and events impacting our state’s health the most are recognized each year with the Governor’s Fitness Awards.
The Governor’s Fitness Awards (GFAs) is an event organized by the Michigan Fitness Foundation that recognizes individuals, organizations and events that encourage others to make healthy choices by teaching, volunteering, role modeling or other community involvement. Award recipients are honored for their pursuit, commitment and dedication to healthy lifestyles.
The GFAs raise awareness that Michigan is getting moving and individuals, events and organizations are sparking positive behavior changes in their communities at the grassroots level and to the public at large. It’s an event that honors your next door neighbor for combating obesity and also the health field pioneer for their groundbreaking research and programming. There are nine different award categories that highlight incredibly inspiring stories each year.
The event brings people together for a happy, uplifting day, uniting attendees through Pure Michigan Fitness. Past award winners include Florine Mark, Oakwood Healthcare, Mike Utley and former Detroit Lion’s player Jerome Harrison, among many other incredible leaders, organizations and visionaries.
The 2014 Governor’s Fitness Awards are April 24, 2014. Finalists will be recognized in the morning at the Capitol during the Legislative Reception and later at Ford Field during the Gala Celebration. The Michigan Fitness Foundation encourages individuals and businesses that inspire healthy choices to nominate themselves or others to be considered for a 2014 award. Nominations are now open.
To see a full list of award categories and the nomination forms visit www.michiganfitness.org/governors-fitness-awards.
For more information contact Jessica Holli at JHolli@michiganfitness.org.