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Michigan Trails Fund Grant Awards Announcement

The Michigan Trails Fund (formerly known as the Iron Belle Trail Fund) announced today the awarding of 7 grants totaling over $1.3 million in private funds for regional, non-motorized recreation trail projects located throughout Michigan. These private funds will leverage matching dollars of over $15.5 million in mainly public funding. "We are very excited to …

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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 Students Get Moving on Bike to School Day

Lansing, Mich -- Michigan students from around the state, along with their parents, teachers, and community leaders, will join students around the country for Bike to School Day (B2SD) on May 5th. Organized by the Michigan Fitness Foundation (MFF) Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program staff in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), this …

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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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Michigan Students Walk and Wheel Throughout October

Michigan students will be joining schoolchildren from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day (W2SD) on Wednesday, October 7. This year’s theme, “Walk and Bike to the Beat” – encourages students, parents, teachers, and community leaders to engage in fun, themed activities on their school commute or if distance learning, around their …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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