GFA 2014 Finalists

62 Michigan Residents Named Governor’s Fitness Award Finalists

A second grader completing his Tae Kwon Do training, a Paralympic athlete, and a team of nurses committed to their patient’s health and the health of their own team are just three of the 62 Governor’s Fitness Awards finalists. Each finalists nomination was carefully reviewed by a diverse committee of judges based on the nominee’s commitment to their own health, dedication to their community and unique definition of what fitness means to them. All 62 finalists will be honored during the 2014 Governor’s Fitness Award Gala Celebration at Ford Field 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 serve as 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 are looking 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 fitness 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.”


2014 Finalists

Conquering Obesity Award

  • Team Trina, Dearborn
  • Tiffany Duffield, Greenville
  • Scott Mindel, Mount Plesant


Extraordinary Event/Organization Award

  • Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon, Detroit
  • The Popeye Run, Eagle Harbor
  • Mary Free Bed Rehab Hospital Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports Department, Grand Rapids


Champion for Health Award

  • Greg Thompson, Farmington
  • Doug Kurtis, Livonia
  • Virginia Yurich, Brighton


Inspiring Story Award

  • Dave Rozelle, Kalamazoo


Charles T. Kuntzleman Accepting the Challenge Award

  • Erica Coulston, Bloomfield Hills
  • Bryce Hotaling, Chelsea
  • Cathy Owens, Howell


Veteran of the Year

  • Ron Nomura, South Lyon
  • Katrina Smith, Southfield
  • Scot Severn, Caro


Vern Seefeldt Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Don Powell, Farmington Hills


Outstanding Public Official Award

  • James Haveman, Michigan Department of Community Health

Promoting Active Communities Award

  • Byron Village
  • Charlevoix
  • Davison Township
  • Farmington Hills
  • Grand Ledge
  • Grosse Ile
  • Hastings
  • Manistee
  • Manistique
  • Novi
  • Waterford


Outstanding Healthy Workplace – Very Large

Governor’s Fitness Award Winner

  • DTE Energy, Detroit         

Diamond Award Winners

  • Henry Ford Health System, Detroit
  • Grand Valley State University, Allendale              
  • Oakland County, Waterford        
  • Gentex, Zeeland               
  • St. John Providence Health System, Warren          
  • Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak
  • Lakeland Healthcare, St. Joseph              

Gold Award Winners

  • Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, Superior Township
  • Quicken Loans, Detroit


Outstanding Healthy Workplace – Large

Governor’s Fitness Award Winner

  • MSU Federal Credit Union, East Lansing

Diamond Award Winners

  • Stevens Worldwide Van Lines, Saginaw
  • Bank of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor
  • Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville

Gold Award Winner

  • Yoplait, Reed City

Silver Award Winners

  • Western Land Services, Ludington
  • Knape and Vogt, Grand Rapids
  • Molina Healthcare of Michigan, Troy


Outstanding Healthy Workplace – Medium

Governor’s Fitness Award Winner

  • NuStep, Inc., Ann Arbor


Diamond Award Winners

  • Ramco-Gershenson Inc., Farmington Hills
  • The WW Group, Inc., Farmington Hills
  • McGraw Wentworth, a Marsh & McLennan Agency, Troy

Gold Award Winners

  • Charlevoix Police Department, Charlevoix
  • West Shore Community College, Scottville

Silver Award Winners

  • Stardock Systems, Plymouth
  • Catholic Federal Credit Union, Saginaw
  • Michigan Health & Hospital Association, Okemos


Outstanding Healthy Workplace – Small

Governor’s Fitness Award Winner

  • Southwest Michigan First, Kalamazoo

Diamond Award Winners

  • Public Sector Consultants, Lansing
  • Center for Financial Planning, Inc., Southfield

Gold Award Winner

  • Crim Fitness Foundation, Flint

Silver Award Winners

  • Impact Label, Kalamazoo
  • MI UFCW Unions and Employers Health and Welfare, Madison Heights


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.