May 28, 2014

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

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

TOPEKA, Kan.– As part of the effort to help Kansans improve their health, each year the Governor recognizes an individual and an organization for their exceptional efforts to model, encourage and promote fitness in Kansas. Take the opportunity now to nominate your favorite health champion for this award and special recognition at the third annual Obesity Summit on Oct. 8 in Manhattan. The deadline for nominations is June 30.

“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, Governor’s Council on Fitness Chair and Vice President of Programs for the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund.

Kansas Governor's Council on Fitness

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 submit a nomination, go to and click on the link “Health Champion Award”. If you have questions about the nomination process, 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.