GFA 2016: Award Winners

Active Community Award - 5 Healthy Towns Foundation

The 5 Healthy Towns Foundation is a private foundation that represents the districts of Chelsea, Dexter, Grass Lake, Manchester and Stockbridge. The 5HF’s mission is to create a culture of wellness and foster sustainable improvements in community health. In order to continue to support this mission, the Five Healthy Towns Project was established. This groundbreaking project’s purpose is to plan and fund a communitywide wellness plan to create the healthiest five communities in the Midwest. Four elements make up the core of 5HF’s vision: eat better, move more, connect with others in healthy ways and avoid unhealthy substances.

Extraordinary Event Award - CRIM

The HealthPlus Crim Festival of Races has been celebrating health and wellness for 40 years. Affectionately known as “the Crim,” the Festival has grown to become a force of health and wellness. With its famous 10-mile, 8K, 5K, Michigan Mile and Teddy Bear Trot races, the Crim is Flint’s biggest and most beloved annual event. In August 15,000 racers from all over the world will head to Flint, Michigan for this massive celebration of health and vitality.

Extraordinary Event Award - Slow Roll

Five years ago, the Slow Roll group bicycle ride was founded to bring together riders of all different ages and skill levels. Today, Slow Roll is the second largest weekly bike ride in the U.S., with over 3,000 bicyclists each Monday. Praised for its diversity, Slow Roll encourages participation among all groups regardless of ability or age. Additionally, this weekly event has inspired the city of Detroit to invest in safer bicycle infrastructure due to its extreme popularity. Slow Roll has teamed with various other community organizations to give back to Detroit, demonstrating its commitment to the betterment of the city and its residents.

Conquering Obesity Award - Savannah Dougherty

Just one year ago, Savannah Doughtery weighed 100 pounds more than she does today. Now, she’s a healthy 25-year-old, working as a human resources generalist at Botsford Commons Senior Community, a branch of Beaumont Health. Through her determination and commitment to fitness, she has reached a healthy weight and leads an active lifestyle. Her long-term goal of living a long and healthy life keeps her motivated to keep the weight off. She recently received acceptance into the Beaumont Health Wellness Ambassador program, where she has the opportunity to connect with employees who struggle with overall wellness issues, just as she did. Savannah hopes that sharing her story will continue to touch the lives of others who wish to embark on the journey to wellness.

Wins for Warriors Veteran of the Year Award - Travis Mills

Retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills has become a motivational speaker, actor, author and advocate for veterans and amputees. In 2012, Travis lost portions of both legs and arms while on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan. He is one of five quadruple amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to overcome his injuries. His story has been featured on local and national news, inspiring others to conquer life’s obstacles. In 2013, Travis founded the Travis Mills Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and assisting injured veterans. Today, Travis continues to work through the challenges life throws his way, living by his motto, “Never give up, never quit.”

Director's Champion for Health Award - Michael Lutz

Dr. Michael Lutz is a partner at the Michigan Institute of Urology, with a primary focus on men’s health. He served as co-chair of the Prostate Cancer Task Force for the American Cancer Society in the Great Lakes region. He currently sits on the Council of Prostate Conditions Education and was a featured lecturer at the National Men’s Health Braintrust in Washington, D.C. In addition, Lutz is identified as a leading doctor in the men’s health field by the Healthgrades Honor Roll.

Charles T. Kuntzleman Accepting the Challenge Award - Michael Johnson

After becoming paralyzed from the chest down in a motocross accident at the age of 12, Michael Johnson knew his life would never be the same. Despite this, he has persevered to lead an active and healthy lifestyle, participating in the different styles of racing he loves. Now 23, Michael has been awarded a scholarship from Disable Sports USA to participate in the Hartford Ski Spectacular in Breckenridge, Colorado, competing in Nordic skiing and biathlon. He has worked with the U.S. Paralympic team and has traveled with them across the country to ski. Michael has also participated in the Crim Festival of Races wheeler competition using a hand cycle, as well as the Detroit Marathon, placing 12th. He is also a regular in the Pro Mazda Series, and was the first paralyzed driver to be sanctioned by IndyCar. He’s the only paralyzed driver in his current racing division. A Disabilities Hall of Fame inductee, he serves as a role model for many others with disabilities.

People's Choice Award - Katy Stone

As the veteran outreach director for Team Red, White and Blue in Lansing, Katy Stone helps veterans arriving home to transition to civilian life. A veteran herself, Katy understands the challenge of adjusting to life after serving in intense, restrictive and often dangerous circumstances. Katy competes in events all year long, including the Tri Goddess Triathlon and the Army 10 Miler. She uses her experiences in the military and her passion for staying healthy and active to make an impact on all those around her.

John Dingell Outstanding Public Official - David Bing

David Bing’s NBA career spans 12 seasons and three teams, including the Detroit Pistons, the Washington Bullets and Boston Celtics. He was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and named one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players. Upon his retirement, David founded Big Steel, a processing company that earned him the National Minority Small Business Person of the Year Award in 1984. It has grown into the Bing Group, one of the largest steel companies in Michigan. In May 2009 he was sworn in as Mayor of Detroit, where he worked as a public servant for five years.

Vern Seefeldt Lifetime Achievement Award - Gordie Howe

Widely known as one of the greatest hockey players of all time, Gordie Howe played 26 seasons in the National Hockey League as well as six seasons in the World Hockey Association. The first 25 of those seasons were spent with the Detroit Red Wings. Adorned with the nickname “Mr. Hockey,” Howe holds NHL records for most games and seasons ever played. From 1950 to 1954, and then again in 1957 and 1963, he led the league in scoring. During his time on the team, the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup four times, took home six Hart Trophies, with Howe named as the league’s most valuable player, and won six Art Ross Trophies with Howe as the leading scorer. He retired in 1971, and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame the following year. His physical strength, prowess and longevity have contributed to him being one of the most celebrated athletes in history.


Healthy Workplace Award — Small Business category - Lambert Edwards and Associates

Healthy Workplace Award — Medium Business category - 44 North

Healthy Workplace Award — Large Business category - WK Kellogg Foundation

Healthy Workplace Award — Very Large Business category - St. Joseph Mercy Health System