Governor's Fitness Awards


The unifying quality all GFA winners possess is the unwavering ability to keep their eye on the prize in order to obtain the end goal. From Veteran of the Year to Champion for Health, all of these health advocates and champions are made of determination.


View last year's award winners


Nominations for the 2019 Governor's Fitness Awards are now open! Click on the name of an award below to submit your nomination.


Active Senior Award

This new award (presented for the first time in 2018!) recognizes and honors our most seasoned citizens, those who keep moving and stay active even when it would be easier to take a shortcut. Please help us honor active citizens around the state by nominating someone who inspires you day in and day out through their determination to put one foot in front of the other every single day.

Charles T. Kuntzleman Accepting the Challenge Award

This award recognizes individuals who have overcome extraordinary challenges to pursue a healthy and balanced life, in turn serving as a role model for others. Please help us honor those who have succeeded despite setbacks.

Conquering Obesity Award

This award recognizes and honors individuals who have made the decision to lead a healthier life through physical activity and nutrition in their daily lives. Please help us honor individuals who have made a commitment to overcome a health issue and inspired others to make intentional changes to improve their health.

Director's Champion for Health Award

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director’s Champion for Health acts to ignite and support positive community change, specifically encouraging physical activity and healthy eating across the lifespan. This Champion works to develop programs, processes, messaging, and infrastructure in their community and demonstrates how they have impacted the lives and health outcomes in Michigan’s most vulnerable populations.

Active Community Award

Imagine a community where people can walk or bike to work, school or run errands. Families play together in parks and greenspaces. Neighbors wave to neighbors with a sense of connectedness and community pride. The Active Community Award is given to a community that creates this kind of vibrant, healthy environment.

Extraordinary Event/Organization Award

Individuals are often interested in different forms of physical activity, but don’t know where to start. Community physical fitness events create opportunities for Michiganders of all ages and skill levels to try different forms of activity in a safe and welcoming environment. The winning event offers residents the opportunity to develop their physical fitness skills and understanding of health. The Extraordinary Event or Organization honoree should be an innovative, safe and fun physical activity events or programs with no barriers for participation. This event or program should create a positive environment for athletes and inspire others to pursue a physically active life.

Healthy Workplace Award

Every year, Michigan worksites large and small take that extra step, spend the extra dollar, develop that innovative concept which helps create a healthier workplace - and helps make their employees healthy, fit, and more productive. To honor that commitment, the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports and the Michigan Fitness Foundation bestow the Healthy Workplace Award on organizations with outstanding programs that help to create best practices for organizations throughout Michigan to replicate.


The application deadline is November 16th. Applicants will be notified within 4 weeks of the deadline if they are being considered for the award.