Governor's Fitness Awards

Governor’s Fitness Awards

Celebrating Pure Michigan Fitness

The Governor’s Fitness Awards serve as a platform for inspirational individuals and organizations for their pursuit, commitment and dedication to healthy lifestyles. Each award recognizes the many different ways the winners are inspiring and influencing Michigan residents to live a healthy lifestyle.

The purpose of the Governor’s Fitness Awards is to recognize individuals, organizations and events that encourage others to make healthy choices by teaching, volunteering, role modeling or other community involvement. The awards event serves as a platform of appreciation and public recognition for these deserving citizens as well as a fundraiser for the Michigan Fitness Foundation.


2014 Event Committee

  • Senator Jack Brandenburg
  • Senator Roger Kahn
  • Senator Mike Kowall
  • Senator Virgil Smith
  • David Brandon
  • Mark Hollis
  • Doreen Bolhuis
  • Lila Lazarus
  • Florine Mark
  • Debbie Dingell
  • Representative Matt Lori
  • Representative Joseph Haveman
  • Representative Adam Zemke
  • Representative Gail Haines
  • Terence Thomas
  • Caryl Markzon
  • Patricia Herndon
  • Anuja Rajendra
  • Dawn Siggett
  • Mary Zatina




Governor’s Council Outstanding Public Official Award - Honors a public official for advocating and promoting healthy living through his/her public role.

Governor’s Council Champion for Health Award - Honors an individual for his/her work promoting healthy lifestyles at a grassroots level.

Charles T. Kuntzleman Accepting the Challenge Award - Recognizes individuals who have overcome great challenges to pursue physical activity as a part of their daily life.

Governor’s Council Extraordinary Event Award - Honors events or organizations that provide physical fitness opportunities for the public at large in an exceptional way.

Vern Seefeldt Lifetime Achievement Award - Recognizes an individual who has made landmark contributions to the health of Michigan residents through research, teaching, professional practice, policy or volunteer involvement related to physical activity or fitness.

Governor’s Council Conquering Obesity Award - Honors an individual or group that has conquered obesity through dedication to physical activity and healthy eating.

Governor’s Council Veteran of the Year Award - Honors a veteran who has gone “Above and Beyond” to promote healthy living either through personal or professional endeavors.

Governor’s Council Inspiring Story Award - The Governor’s Council Inspiring Story of the Year award honors either an individual or team for crushing outstanding obstacles and their commitment to their goal.

Governor’s Council Outstanding Healthy Workplace Award - Honors organizations with outstanding programs, and helps to create best practices for organizations throughout Michigan to replicate.  


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GFA People's Choice Award

The People’s Choice award honors a single finalist of the Governor’s Fitness Awards for their accomplishments and dedication to a healthy lifestyle.