Gov. Rick Snyder today announced that 62 Michiganders, organizations and events have been named finalists for the 2014 Governor’s Fitness Awards.
West Shore Community College is among the finalists earning a Gold Level Award in the medium size organization category. The finalists were selected by a committee of judges for their commitment to personal health, dedication to their communities, and the unique definition of what fitness means to them.
The College is being recognized as a workplace that promotes and encourages wellness, physical fitness and healthy living by offering a variety of employee initiatives including regular health check-ups, wellness workshops and seminars, interactive staff wellness challenges, credit for using the College’s Wellness Center and much more.
The College will be honored during the 2014 Governor’s Fitness Award Gala Celebration at Ford Field in Detroit on April 24.
“This year’s finalists embody all the characteristics that the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports represents,” Snyder said. “Each has a strong, consistent commitment to physical fitness that has helped transform them, their companies and their communities. Their efforts are helping reinvent the way they live, work and do business, and the Governor’s Fitness Awards are a way to recognize the positive contributions they are making throughout our state.”
“We are thrilled to be recognized as an inspirational institution in our pursuit, commitment, and dedication to healthy lifestyles. Our faculty and staff are our most valuable assets and we have seen some impressive results as a result of our wellness programs,” said President Charles T. Dillon.
“But this award really recognizes the hard work and dedication of Julie Page-Smith, who inspires all of us to have healthier more active lives.”
Smith leads the College’s health and wellness programs and has been the director of the Wellness Center since 1998. She also chairs the Employee Wellness Team and is active in the community serving as committee member of the Win with Wellness Program and the Community Health Advisory Council.
“We look forward to celebrating each and every one of our 2014 finalists,” said Marilyn Lieber, president and CEO of the Michigan Fitness Foundation. “The commitment of each finalist at an individual, community and organizational level serves as an inspirational example of how we are all working to make physical activity part of our daily lives, and The Governor’s Fitness Awards are an opportunity to recognize hard work and the myriad benefits of healthy, active lifestyles.”
The Michigan Fitness Foundation and the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports work to bring about behavior change through programming, special projects and events that encourage citizens to build physical activity and sound nutrition into their daily lives. By empowering, facilitating and celebrating healthy choices, the Foundation works to foster prosperity for all.
For a list of finalists, visit http://michiganfitness.org/gfa-finalists-2014-news.
Author: Thomas Hawley | Executive Director of College Communications & Community Engagement