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Michigan Legislature To Recognize Governor's Fitness Award Finalists at State Capitol

LANSING, Mich. — The finalists for the Michigan Fitness Foundation’s Governor’s Fitness Awards will be honored during an April 19 morning event at the State Capitol in Lansing. Award winners will be announced during a Gala event at the Cobo Center in Detroit on the evening of April 19, which will also feature special recognition of Detroit Tigers great Al Kaline, and U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow.   

The Michigan Fitness Foundation, the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports, and sponsorship partners present the annual Governor’s Fitness Awards (GFAs) as a way of honoring individuals and organizations that inspire others to live healthier lives. 

At the Capitol, GFA finalists will be individually recognized by their local legislators and on the floor of the State Senate. The primary sponsor of the Capitol event is Health Alliance Plan, a Michigan-based nonprofit health plan that offers a broad range of wellness programs led by fitness and wellness experts.

“The Michigan Fitness Foundation is doing a great job of highlighting the importance of wellness in our lives and how our environment, including our workplaces, can affect our health,” said Tom Spring, director of wellness and community programs, HAP. “We salute those who are making an effort to improve their health and are especially proud of employers who are implementing programs to care for their employees.”

Governor’s Fitness Awards are given in 11 categories including Director's Champion for Health, Conquering Obesity, Wins for Warriors Veteran of the Year, Charles T. Kuntzleman Accepting the Challenge, Extraordinary Event or Organization, Healthy Workplace, Active Community Award, Lifetime Achievement and the People’s Choice Video Contest, which highlights the personal stories of all Award Finalists and provides the opportunity for the public to vote for their favorite Governor’s Fitness Award video.

Tickets for the Governor’s Fitness Awards gala at the Cobo Center on April 19 are available here.

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The Michigan Fitness Foundation and the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness work to inspire active lifestyles and healthy food choices through education, environmental change, community events and policy leadership. For more information about the Michigan Fitness Foundation visit



Michelle Coss 
Director of Community Engagement
(517) 908-3878

Ebony Dooley
Health Alliance Plan (HAP)
(248) 443-7847