May 16, 2013

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Governor's Council on Fitness Calls for Health Champion Nominations

TOPEKA, Kan.–The Governor’s Council on Fitness is asking for nominations in the 2013 Kansas Health Champion awards. Each year the Governor recognizes an individual and an organization for their exceptional efforts to model, encourage and promote fitness in Kansas. The deadline for nominations is June 28.

Take the opportunity now to nominate your favorite health champion for this award and special recognition by Governor Sam Brownback. Besides recognizing exemplary contributions, the awards program identifies models of effectiveness in increasing physical activity that can be reproduced in other organizations and communities,” said Virginia Elliott, Chair of the Governor’s Council on Fitness and Vice President of Programs for the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund.

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:

For more information and to access the nomination form, go to and click on the link “Health Champion Award.”

The Governor’s Council on Fitness advises the Governor, the Secretary of Health and Environment, and others on ways to enhance the health of all Kansans through promotion of physical activity, good dietary choices and prevention of tobacco use.

The Governor’s Council on Fitness