MDOT and Michigan Fitness Foundation reminds motorists to be alert as clocks “fall back” on Sunday

As the clocks "fall back" to standard time on Sunday, Nov. 7, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Michigan Fitness Foundation reminds motorists to watch out for pedestrians, joggers, and bicyclists each evening on the drive home. Motorists also should allow a minimum 3-foot distance when passing a bicyclist, according to state law. …

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Video Retrospective Highlights the Evolution of Michigan’s Governor’s Fitness Awards

Lansing, Mich — Since 2007, Michigan Fitness Foundation (MFF)  and the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports (Council) have held the Governor’s Fitness Awards (GFA) to recognize Michigan communities, organizations, and individuals who inspire healthy choices. Held each spring with a legislative and gala event, hundreds gather to celebrate those who have given their all to be healthy, while giving back to their …

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Governor Whitmer Announces Appointments to the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports

Lansing, Mich — Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the following appointments to the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports pursuant to Executive Order No. 1992-05. “We look forward to working with our new council members and welcome back those who have been reappointed” shared CEO and President Amy Ghannam, Michigan Fitness Foundation and the Governor’s …

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Michigan Farm to Family: CSA Provides Access to Farm Fresh Food

Lansing, Mich -- The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded Michigan Fitness Foundation (MFF) a Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP) grant to scale up their successful Michigan Farm to Family: CSA (MF2FCSA) pilot program. GusNIP projects bring stakeholders from distinct parts of the food system together to foster understanding that improves …

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Michigan Fitness Foundation Receives Recognition for Encouraging Health and Fitness

By providing valuable guidance, giving people ways to stay active and get fit, Michigan Fitness Foundation (MFF) has been named one of the top five Great Organizations Encouraging Health and Fitness by Wiki Ezvid, the world’s video wiki. Founded in 2011, Ezvid Wiki was the world's first video wiki, and is now among the top …

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Governor’s Fitness Awards Move to Virtual Celebration

Governor's Fitness Awards finalists will be recognized with a special video premiere on the Michigan Fitness Foundation YouTube channel. Due to the pandemic, the Governor’s Fitness Awards (GFA) have been rescheduled as a virtual awards celebration on Thursday, August 20. The show will premiere at 8:00 p.m. on the Michigan Fitness Foundation YouTube channel. Nominations …

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Staying Active and Socially Distant

According to guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, outdoor activities like running, hiking, cycling are fine to continue during the COVID-19 pandemic as long as you stay socially distant from others and avoid groups. “Exercise is essential for physical and mental well-being,” shares Michigan Fitness Foundation CEO & President, Amy Ghannam. “Being active can make …

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Governor Whitmer Makes Appointments to Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the following appointments to the  Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports.   Willie R. Burton, of Bloomfield Hills, is a high school athletics program associate for the Detroit Public Schools Community District and a former professional basketball player with the National Basketball Association (NBA). He holds a Bachelor of …

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Move More In The Month Of May

MFF and Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) are launching Walk and Wheel Wednesdays to give  Michigan families opportunities for healthy and fun outdoor activity. Beginning May 6, families are invited to be active by spending at least 20 minutes outside every Wednesday. This includes walking, bicycling, hiking or other outdoor activities with individuals from the …

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Governor’s Fitness Awards Finalists Revealed

Michigan State Capitol at Night by Pattrick Yockey Presented by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports and the Michigan Fitness Foundation, the Governor’s Fitness Awards (GFA) recognize communities, organizations, and individuals who inspire people to eat healthy and move more. Nominations from Michiganders began last fall, and earlier this year GFA finalists …

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Introducing the MFF SNAP-Ed Community Impact Grants

Based on partner organizations’ feedback and the evolution of requirements at USDA, the Michigan Fitness Foundation (MFF) has redesigned our SNAP-Ed grantmaking structure for FY 2021. The MFF SNAP-Ed Community Impact Grants are intended to influence positive change in individual health behaviors and in the policies, systems, and environments that impact access to affordable healthy …

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Who Motivates You to be Healthier?

Presented by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports and the Michigan Fitness Foundation, the Governor’s Fitness Awards (GFA) nomination process is now open. The GFA recognizes communities, organizations, and individuals who inspire people to eat healthily and move more where they live, work, and play. A panel of judges selects eligible nominees.  …

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Happy Birthday Mighty Mac!

Lansing, Mich – Today is the birthday of the Mackinac Bridge and Michigan Fitness Foundation is celebrating by officially opening the registration for the Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Run. Holding title as the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere, the Mackinac Bridge took three years to build and opened to vehicle traffic on November …

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer To Speak at Governor’s Fitness Awards in Detroit

Lansing, MI – On April 25, 2019 the Michigan Fitness Foundation and the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports' annual Governor’s Fitness Awards (GFA) will feature remarks from Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The Governor’s Fitness Awards recognize communities, organizations, and individuals who inspire healthy choices. “I look forward to celebrating these extraordinary Michiganders and …

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Dale Hughes to Receive 2019 Vern Seefeldt Lifetime Achievement Award

Lansing, Mich -- Michigan Fitness Foundation (MFF) and the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health, and Sports (the Council) will honor Dale Hughes with the Vern Seefeldt Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Governor’s Fitness Awards. Named after its first recipient Vern Seefeldt, the first chairman of the Council, this award recognizes those rare individuals …

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Governor’s Fitness Awards Finalists Revealed

The Michigan Fitness Foundation and the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports present the annual Governor’s Fitness Awards (GFA), which recognize individuals and organizations for inspirational contributions to health and wellness in Michigan. “Each year, we look forward to introducing the GFA finalists to our fellow Michiganders,” shares Amy Ghannam, President and CEO …

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Governor’s Fitness Awards Nomination Deadline Extended

The Michigan Fitness Foundation's Governor's Fitness Awards (GFA) nomination deadline has been extended to January 3, 2019. The GFAs honor inspirational individuals and organizations for their pursuit, commitment, and dedication to health and wellness. By extending the deadline, the GFA Committee offers Michigan residents and employers the unique opportunity to participate in the nomination process …

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Grant Application Opportunity for Community Organizations Now Open

The Michigan Fitness Foundation (MFF) invites community partners to submit an application for programming to increase healthy eating and physical activity among populations eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). MFF provides capacity‐building opportunities for new organizations to expand the reach of SNAP Education through the Building Local Capacity RFA and provides opportunities for experienced …

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Who Inspires You to Be Healthier?

We need your help! Each year at this time, we ask Michiganders to help us nominate communities, organizations, and individuals that inspire healthy choices for the Governor's Fitness Awards. Nominations are now and anyone can nominate an individual or organization now through January 3, 2019. Categories include: Charles T. Kuntzleman Accepting the Challenge Active Community …

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Gov. Rick Snyder Makes Appointments, Re-appointments to the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports

Governor Rick Snyder today announced the appointments to the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports of Wayman Britt of Grand Rapids, Rick Ferkel of Mount Pleasant, Cameron Gordon of West Bloomfield, Andre Hutson of East Lansing, Nicholas (Nick) Payne of Lansing, and Laureen (Laurie) Rospond of DeWitt. Also announced were the reappointment of …

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Michigan Legislature to Recognize Governor’s Fitness Award Finalists at State Capitol

The finalists for the Michigan Fitness Foundation’s Governor’s Fitness Awards will be honored during a morning event on April 19 at the state Capitol in Lansing. Award winners will be announced during a gala event at the Cobo Center in Detroit in the evening of April 19. The gala will also feature special recognition of Detroit Tigers …

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Request for Proposals Now Open

The Michigan Fitness Foundation (MFF) invites new and returning partners to submit a proposal for programming to increase healthy eating and physical activity among Michigan’s at-risk populations. MFF facilitates the development of effective, high-quality nutrition education and physical activity programming, focusing on people eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Visit the Michigan Nutrition Network site to …

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Walk to School Day

More than 300 schools in Michigan will join students around the country to celebrate Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 4.

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