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 great Al Kaline and U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow.
The Michigan Fitness Foundation, the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports, and sponsorship partners present the annual Governor’s Fitness Awardsas a way to honor individuals and organizations that inspire others to live healthier lives.
At the Capitol, GFA finalists will be individually recognized by their local legislators and on the floor of the State Senate. The primary sponsor of the Capitol event is Health Alliance Plan (HAP), a Michigan-based nonprofit health plan that offers a broad range of wellness programs led by fitness and wellness experts.
“The Michigan Fitness Foundation is doing a great job of highlighting the importance of wellness in our lives and how our environment, including our workplaces, can affect our health,” said Tom Spring, director of wellness and community programs, HAP. “We salute those who are making an effort to improve their health and are especially proud of employers who are implementing programs to care for their employees.”
Governor’s Fitness Awards are given in 11 categories including Healthy Workplace, Conquering Obesity, Lifetime Achievement, Active Community Award, Extraordinary Event or Organization, Director’s Champion for Health, Wins for Warriors Veteran of the Year, Charles T. Kuntzleman Accepting the Challenge, and the People’s Choice Video Contest, which highlights the personal stories of all award finalists and provides the opportunity for the public to vote for their favorite Governor’s Fitness Award video.
Tickets for the GFA gala at the Cobo Center on April 19 are available at events.com (links to new window).