For Immediate Release
September 15, 2010

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

Two Health Champions to be honored by the Governor at
the Kansas State Fair on Friday, September 17 at 12:45 p.m.

Governor Mark Parkinson will recognize two Health Champion Award recipients at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson on Friday, September 17. This year’s Health Champions are Joan Bolt of Norton and Frontier El Dorado Refining Company in Butler County.  The recognition ceremony will be held in the upstairs of the Cottonwood Court Building at 12:45 p.m. All media are invited to attend.

The Health Champion Award was developed by the Governor’s Council on Fitness to recognize and promote exemplary contributions to fitness in Kansas. Eligible nominees included individuals and organizations that go above and beyond what is expected to model, encourage and promote fitness. 

Joan Bolt is a Physical Education Teacher for USD 211 in Norton and a board member and active volunteer for the Norton Recreation Commission. Bolt makes sure that every student is encouraged to participate and improve their physical skills. Winning is not her focus. Instead, she focuses on self-improvement, feeling good about yourself and making physical activity an integral part of your life. She has been an inspiration to all those she has come in contact with and now serves as a model for Kansas.

Frontier El Dorado Refining Company believes in supporting the health and well-being of all employees, contractors and the neighboring community through a comprehensive wellness program. Frontier recognizes that empowering and supporting employees to take charge of their health leads to cost savings in health care, healthier families, more productive workers, personal achievement, improved quality of life, and increased community participation. Frontier El Dorado Refining Company is an organization that serves as a model for Kansas.

The Governor’s Council on Fitness advises the Governor and others on ways to enhance the health of all Kansans through promotion of physical activity, good dietary choices, and prevention of tobacco use. For more information, go to: www.kansasfitness.org.