Governor's Fitness Awards

Governor’s Fitness Award Winners Revealed

On Thursday, August 20, for the first time, the Governor’s Fitness Awards were held as a virtual event. “With the pandemic, we couldn’t hold our gala and looked for a new way to present the awards to our fellow Michiganders,” shared Amy Ghannam, President and CEO of Michigan Fitness Foundation. “By expanding the interviews filmed [...]
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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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Sidewalks, Social Distancing and Solutions

With the arrival of summer, Michiganders are preparing to spend more time together in the great outdoors. The closure of gyms, and wellness event cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic has also given rise to more people using recreation amenities. As a result, parks, trails, downtowns, and neighborhoods have seen an increase in foot and [...]
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Proposals Wanted for Pedestrian Safety Education Campaign

Michigan Fitness Foundation (MFF), in partnership with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), is seeking proposals for a pedestrian safety education campaign in Southeast Michigan (SE MI), where pedestrian crashes are highest in the state. The project will engage three SE MI communities as pilot sites for the campaign with the goal to: Educate Michigan [...]
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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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Safe Routes to School Regional Trainings

Michigan Fitness Foundation’s Safe Route to Schools (SRTS) program team is adapting to meet the needs of communities as Michiganders follow the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order to slow the spread of the coronavirus. SRTS regional trainings that were scheduled as in-person events have been transitioned to virtual formats.   SRTS regional trainings are [...]
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The World’s Largest Exercise Class On ACES Day

Lansing, Mich -- Michigan Fitness Foundation (MFF) is providing fun resources for families to continue the tradition of ACES Day during the COVID-19 pandemic. MFF and Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan invite families to participate virtually in Project ACES - All Children Exercise Simultaneously Day (ACES) Wednesday, May 6. Since 1989, millions of children from [...]
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Coronavirus: Michigan Fitness Foundation Response

Dear Michigan Fitness Foundation Community, As state and federal leaders are declaring states of emergency due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), Michigan Fitness Foundation (MFF) is committed to doing our part to both deter the spread of coronavirus and to provide strategic support to MFF staff, partners, grantees, and the communities we serve. Please note 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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Safe Routes to School Training Comes to Detroit and Ludington

LANSING, MI — Michigan Fitness Foundation Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program, in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is offering two regional trainings; in Detroit on August 27, and in Ludington on August 29. Safe Routes to School is an international movement and federal program to make it safe, convenient, and fun [...]
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Michigan Children Exercise with the World!

Lansing, Mich -- On May 1 at 10:00 a.m. EST over 300,000 Michigan students participated in the "the world's largest exercise class,” along with millions of children around the world on ACES Day to promote health and fitness. ACES, short for All Children Exercise Simultaneously, was founded in 1989 by New Jersey physical education teacher [...]
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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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The Best ACES/B2SD Poster Wins a Bike

Michigan K-8 graders are invited to submit a 2019 ACES  & B2SD Poster Contest entry, with the first place winner receiving a bicycle courtesy of Farm Bureau Insurance! Have your student draw up a poster on 8.5 x 11-inch paper showing how getting moving can "Make It Magic!" Follow the instructions outlined and submit a completed ACES & [...]
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Martha Reeves to Receive Governor’s Fitness Award

Lansing, Mich -- Michigan Fitness Foundation (MFF) and the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health, and Sports (the Council) will honor Martha Reeves with the Remarkable Woman Award at the annual Governor’s Fitness Awards. The first award of its kind, this award recognizes those rare individuals who, over a lifetime, have made remarkable contributions in [...]
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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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ACES & Bike to School Day Poster Contest: Make It Magic!

The ACES & B2SD Poster Contest Is Here

Michigan students in grades K-8 are invited to take part in the 2019 ACES & B2SD Poster Contest brought to you by Farm Bureau Insurance. On 8.5 x 11-inch paper, students are encouraged to get excited about being active and interpret this year’s theme: The first-place winner will receive a bicycle courtesy of Farm Bureau Insurance! [...]
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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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Longtime Representative John Dingell Passes Away

We at the Michigan Fitness Foundation and the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports are saddened by the loss of former U.S. Representative John Dingell who passed away on February 7, 2019. Dingell was a friend and longtime ally in the pursuit of creating a healthier Michigan. His 59-year tenure as a representative [...]
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Governors Fitness Awards – Celebrating Successes in Our Great State

A Michigan woman shedding literally half her body weight, losing 140 pounds through walking and biking. A young Michigan man born with one club hand becoming a college baseball pitcher. A 102-year-old Michigan man competing — and medaling — in the Senior Olympics. These are just a few of the true stories celebrated by the [...]
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The Long and Short Term Benefits of Being Physically Active

The world is a complex place and there aren't many "magic bullet" solutions for anything. In the world of public health and disease prevention, however, physical activity may be the next best thing. The 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently published their report on physical [...]
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ACES – Bringing Children Together to Instill a Love for Exercise

The first Wednesday of every May, millions of children worldwide celebrate physical activity in unison. Although separated geographically, millions of kids run, walk, dance, or play active games all at the same time. This is ACES day — All Children Exercise Simultaneously. We hear more and more how physical activity can change lives for the [...]
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