State Representatives Jon Switalski and Pam Byrnes were honored at the Governor’s Fitness Awards as champions of physical activity on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at the Lansing Radisson. Both Representatives received the Governor’s Council Achievement Award for Public Officials. This award is presented to public officials who demonstrate commitment to policies that support physical education, physical activity and active communities.

“Representatives Switalski and Byrnes are champions for the increased quality of life that accompanies designing for active living,” says Terence Thomas, chair of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports. “By sponsoring Complete Streets legislation, they are showing a commitment to the health of Michigan residents.”

“Complete Streets is a very positive step forward for Michigan. This law will help people stay active, get out in our communities and enjoy healthier lifestyles, while also giving our local businesses a much-needed boost,” says Representative Switalski.

The Governor’s Fitness Awards are held each year to honor Michigan individuals, public officials and organizations that are dedicated to healthy living. Nine awards are presented in acknowledgement of the many different ways the award winners have inspired and influenced Michigan residents to accept the challenge of committing to regular physical activity. The event is organized each year by the Michigan Fitness Foundation, a 501 (c)3 non-profit public charity foundation.