Council on fitness seeks 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 health and fitness in Kansas. Anyone can nominate their favorite health champion for the Health Champion Award and special recognition at the fourth annual Obesity Summit Nov. 17, in Junction City. The deadline for nominations is Aug. 31.

“Besides recognizing exemplary contributions, the awards program identifies effective models of increasing physical activity that can be reproduced in other organizations and communities,” said Marlou Wegener, Governor’s Council on Fitness chair and chief operating officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation.

Eligible nominees include an outstanding volunteer, a school, a local community, a news outlet or individual reporter, a local or state policy maker, or an employer, among others. Nominees would be expected to have demonstrated:

  • Work that goes above and beyond what is expected to model, encourage and promote fitness.
  • Far-reaching impact.
  • Sustainable influence or activity.

For more information and to submit a nomination, go to and click on the link Health Champion Award. For more information about the nomination process, contact Jennifer Church at 785-296-6801.

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.

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