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LEADERSHIP AWARDS ON FITNESS
















A fitness award winner is: An outstanding individual or organization that demonstrates a commitment to the promotion of physical activity and health.  An outstanding individual or organization that serves as a role model epitomizing personal health and fitness and demonstrating enjoyment of activity and sportsmanship. Interested parties can apply or nominate an individual or organization for an award by completing the form above and submitting the required support documentation.

General Requirements:

  •  completed online nomination form.
  • A minimum of two recommendation letters.  Note: An individual or organization may not apply for the same category if the applicant has been a winner in that category within the last three years.


Summaries and recommendation letters should be mailed or delivered to the Council Coordinator

Send nomination materials to:

Arkansas Department of Health

Lifestage Health Branch

Arkansas Governor's Council on Fitness Coordinator

4815 W. Markham Slot 6

Little Rock, AR 72205

Phone: 501 280 4168

Email: christine.mcknelly@arkansas.gov


Selection Process:

Nominations are evaluated and scored on how well the information submitted met the category criteria. Evaluators look at the population affected, breadth of the efforts and demonstrated outcomes of those efforts.

Category Requirements:

Corporate

  • Office located in Arkansas
  • Ten or more full-time employees.
  • Provide and advocate community physical activity and/or worksite wellness programs that meet the needs of employees

Online Questions:

1. How many full-time employees work at the nominee company?

2. Describe how the company encourages physical activity, i.e., programs, events, incentives, etc?

2000 character maximum

3. Describe the population affected by the company’s promotion efforts, i.e., employees, families,

community, etc. 2000 character maximum


Government Agency

  • Office located in Arkansas.
  • Ten or more full-time employees
  • May include county, city or state agencies.
  • meet the needs of its citizens.

Online Questions
1. How many full-time employees work at the agency? 
2. Describe how the agency advocates community physical activity and/or worksite wellness programs that meet the needs of Arkansans. 2000 character maximum 
3. Describe the population affected by the company’s promotion efforts, i.e., employees, families, community, etc. 2000 character maximum 
4. If applicable, describe how the company measures the success of its efforts to encourage physical activity? For example, participation rates, health improvement, reduced absenteeism. 2000 character maximum

Senior

  • Must be 55 years or older and an Arkansas citizen.
  • Advocate for community physical activity programs that meet the needs of youths, adults, seniors, special populations and/or businesses.
  • Participate in activities to educate youth, adults, seniors and/or special populations on leading a physically active lifestyle.
    Online Questions
    1. Describe how the individual advocates for community physical activity and worksite wellness programs that meet the needs of youth, adults, seniors, special populations and/or businesses. 2000 character maximum 
    2. Describe how the individual participates in activities to educate youth, adults, seniors and/or special populations on leading a physically active lifestyle. 2000 character maximum

Health and Fitness Club

  • Five or more full-time employees.
  • Includes private clubs, hospital wellness centers, corporate wellness centers, or recreation centers
  • Nationally certified fitness staff.
  • Staff maintains current professional memberships in a national and/or state organization.
  • Advocate for community and individual physical activity programs that meets the needs of youth, adults, seniors, special populations and/or businesses.
  • Sponsors activities to educate youth, adults, seniors and/or special populations in leading a physically active lifestyle
  • Organization located in Arkansas

    Online Questions:

    1. How many full-time employees work at the health club/fitness facility?

    2. The staff are nationally certified and maintain professional memberships in state or national organizations. Yes/No

    3. Describe how the fitness center advocates for community physical activity and worksite wellness programs that meet the needs of youth, adults, seniors, special populations and/or businesses. 2000 character maximum

School or School District

  • Must have a licensed physical education specialist on staff with a minimum of 60% total teaching responsibility in physical education.
  • Provide documentation of planned and sequential physical education curricula that is consistent with the national standards for physical education from kindergarten through grade 12 that promotes enjoyable, lifelong activity for all students regardless of needs/ ability.
  • Includes public and private Arkansas school districts.
  • Measure and demonstrate an increase in students’ attainment of physical activity knowledge, achievement of motor and behavior skills, and adoption of health behaviors.
  • Administer annually a physical fitness test. These results should be reported, published and presented to school officials and made available to the community.

    Online Questions:

    1. Describe the planned and sequential physical education curricula that is consistent with the national standards for physical education from kindergarten through grade 12 that promotes enjoyable, lifelong activity for all students regardless of needs/ability. 2000 character maximum

    2. Describe how the school is measuring the students' attainment of physical activity knowledge, achievement of motor and behavior skills, and adoption of health behaviors. 2000 character maximum

    3. Describe the results of the school's annual physical fitness test. (These results should be reported, published and presented to school officials and made available to the community.)

    2000 character maximum

    Built Environment to Increase Physical Activity

  • Describe what steps are being taken in your community to encourage physical activity and healthy lifestyles

  • . Optional: You may submit photos, survey results, reports, news articles, or anything else that would help us understand your community and verify these activities.

  • Specifically when answering the online questions, describe the following about your community:

  • Partnerships or coalitions to increase physical activity.

  • Education campaigns to increase physical activity.

  • Propensity of sidewalks, shared use paths, bike racks, bike lanes or trails.

  • Access to safe areas for physical activity

  • Free or low-cost community recreational programs

  • Community buildings or structures used for physical activity

  • Work plans to increase physical activity

  • Participation in a walkability/bikeability assessment

  • Adoption of policies that support physical activity in your community

    Online Questions:

    1. Describe partnerships or coalitions formed to increase physical activity. 1000 character maximum

    2. Describe the physical aspects of the built environment, i.e., propensity of sidewalks, paths, bike racks, bike lanes, trails, access to safe areas for physical activity. 2000 character maximum

    3. Describe any educational campaigns, free or low-cost community recreational programs and work plans to increase physical activity. 2000 character maximum

    4. Has a walkability/bikeability assessment been completed? If yes, describe when and the results.

    5. Describe the adoption


Physical Educator

  • Licensed physical education teacher in Arkansas.
  • Minimum of 5 years physical education teaching experience.
  • Minimum of 60% total teaching responsibility in physical education.
  • May teach physical education at a public or private school.
  • Current professional membership in a national and/or state physical education organization.
  • Advocate for school and community physical activity instruction and programs that meet the needs of young people.
    Online Questions:

    1. How many years has the nominee been teaching physical education.

    2. What percent of time is spent teaching physical education versus other classes?

    3. List current professional memberships in national and/or state physical education organizations.

    4. Describe how the nominee advocates for school and community physical activity instruction that meet the needs of young people. 2000 character maximum

    5. Describe the individual's contributions to the fields of physical activity and health and personal achievements. 2000 character maximum

Outstanding Individual/Group

  • Exceptional contributions to the fields of physical activity and health.
  • Advocate for community physical activity and worksite wellness programs that meet the needs of youth, adults, seniors, special populations and/or businesses.
  • Actively work to create activities for youth, adults, seniors, special populations and/or worksites to become involved in physical activity.
  • Includes awards for both individual leaders and groups, i.e. coalitions, civic organizations, community outreach, etc.
    Online Questions:

    1. Describe the individual or group's contributions to the fields of physical activity and health and personal achievements. 2000 character maximum

    2. Describe how the group or individual advocates for community physical activity and worksite wellness programs that meet the needs of youth, adults, seniors, special populations and/or businesses. 2000 character maximum

    3. Describe how the group or individually actively works to create activities for youth, adults,seniors, special populations and/or worksites to become involved in physical activity. 2000

    character maximum

Trails

  • Trail located in Arkansas
  • Can be located in city or rural setting.
  • Actively used for specific physical activity programs, city and community events and individual use.
    Online Questions:

    1. Describe where the trail is located?

    2. What groups, organizations or government agencies maintain the trail?

    3. Describe how the trail is promoted and used for physical activity programs, city and community events and individual use. 2000 character maximum

    4. If applicable, describe how the success and use of the trail is measured. 2000 character maximum

​​Arkansas Governors Council on Fitness  4815 West Markham Street, Little Rock, AR Ste 307 Slot 6
Jennifer.Reffner@arkansas.gov