For Immediate Release
June 14, 2011

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Governor's Council on Fitness Call for Nominations:
Kansas Health Champion Award

The Governor’s Council on Fitness calls for nominations for the Kansas Health Champion Award, due July 15. One individual and one organization will be honored by the Governor at the State Fair in September.

As part of the effort to help Kansans improve their health, the Governor recognizes an individual and an organization annually who put forth an exceptional effort to model, encourage and promote fitness in Kansas.

“Besides recognizing exemplary contributions,” explains Virginia Elliott, Awards Committee Chair and Vice President of Programs for the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, “the awards program identifies models of effectiveness in increasing physical activity that can be reproduced in other organizations and communities.” 

Eligible nominees might include an outstanding volunteer, a school, a local community, a newspaper or individual reporter, a local or state policy maker or an employer, among others. Nominees would be expected to have demonstrated:

Do you know an individual or organization making a difference in improving fitness? Take this opportunity to nominate your favorite health champion for this award and special recognition by the Governor. 
For more information and to submit a nomination, go to and click on the link “Health Champion Award” or contact Anthony Randles at 785-296-8060.

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.