September 27, 2013

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Governor to recognize 2013 Kansas Health Champions at 2nd annual
obesity summit on Monday, Sept. 30

TOPEKA— Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is scheduled to present the 2013 Kansas Health Champion Awards during the second annual Kansas Obesity Summit on Monday, Sept. 30.

The Governor will recognize the individual and organization champions, as well as the honorable mention recipients, at the noontime awards ceremony.

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 include volunteers, schools, communities, employers, media organizations and policy makers who go above and beyond what is expected through normal job or organizational responsibilities related to modeling, encouraging and promoting fitness.

The second annual Kansas Obesity Summit is scheduled for Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Topeka Ramada, 420 SE 6th Ave. The summit convenes decision-makers in their work to identify and promote best and most promising strategies to address rising rates and the health and economic impact of obesity in Kansas.

The summit’s keynote speaker is Dr. Doug Gruenbacher from Quinter, Kan. In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Gruenbacher founded Castle Rock Wellness Center to provide a gym and exercise classes for his small community. He is an avid runner and a 2012 Summer Olympic torch bearer who looks for opportunities to motivate his community to improve their health.

            Awards Presentation
            Who: Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, Award Winners, Governor’s Council on Fitness
            What: 2013 Health Champion Awards
            When: Noon on Sept. 30
            Where: Ramada Topeka, 420 SE 6th Ave.
            2nd Annual Obesity Summit
            Who: Governor’s Council on Fitness, KDHE Secretary Robert Moser, 200-plus State/Community Leaders
            What: Obesity Summit
            When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 30
            Where: Ramada Topeka, 420 SE 6th Ave.