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Snyder announces Fitness Awards finalists

Monday, March 11, 2014

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder today announced that 62 Michiganders, organizations and events have been named finalists for the 2014 Governor’s Fitness Awards.

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 group, which includes a second-grader with Tae Kwon Do dreams, a team of nurses, and Fortune 500 companies, 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.”

The Governor’s Fitness Awards are a platform for recognizing individuals and organizations in Michigan that have made outstanding contributions to health and physical fitness during the last year. For more information on the Governor’s Fitness Awards, visit Check back often for finalist updates, including the 2014 People’s Choice Award voting process.

“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.”

 For a list of finalists, visit

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.