Obesity-fighting programs to garner awards at State House

Posted April 19, 2011, at 5:13 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Governor’s Council on Physical Activity has announced the winners of its 13th annual Maine Fitness Awards, an initiative that not only recognizes individuals and organizations for promoting physical activity but also increases awareness of the health problems associated with nonactivity.

According to council co-chair Erik Steele, the awards were established to improve the quality of life for all individuals in Maine by promoting healthy lifestyles through increased levels of physical activity, sports and leisure activities and by supporting the cooperative efforts of schools, communities, businesses and health institutions.

“With two-thirds of Maine adults and one-third of Maine children being overweight or obese, physical activity can play a large role in fighting this new epidemic. The annual Maine Fitness Awards recognize the people and programs that play an outstanding role in supporting a healthy Maine,” he said.

The awards for six different categories — including youth-based, community and workplace initiatives — will be presented during a celebration at the State House Hall of Flags at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 26.

The winners of the 13th annual Maine Fitness Awards are:

•       Youth – School Category:  Toe Token Tuesday, Mildred L. Day School, Kennebunk.

•       Youth – Community Category:  Scarborough Youth Sports Forum, Scarborough.

•       Special Populations Category:

Houlton Band of Maliseets Fitness Program, Littleton.

Morning Exercise at Mt. Ararat High School, Topsham.

•       Community Category:  New Balance “Move More Kids” Program, Norridgewock.

•       Adult Category:  Seacoast Management, Topsham.

•       Lifetime Achievement Category:  Jon Cahill, Founder & Director, Gym Dandies,   Scarborough.

•       Healthy Workplace – Medium Business Category:  Lohmann Animal Health International, Winslow.

•       Healthy Workplace – Large Business Category:  St. Mary’s Health System, Lewiston.

Runners-up:

•       Youth – School Category:  Middle School of the Kennebunks, Kennebunk.

•       Community Category:  Washington County:  One Community, Machias.

•       Healthy Workplace – Medium Business Category:  Huhtamaki, Waterville.

More information about the Maine Governor’s Council on Physical Activity and the Maine Fitness Awards is available at  www.maineinmotion.org.

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