Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness endorses Yellow Jacket Challenge


By Daily News • Last Updated 9:57 am on Wednesday, November 30, 2011

GREENVILLE — The fifth annual Yellow Jacket Challenge has been recognized as a quality physical activity event by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness.
Greenville Public Schools’ Wellness Team is hosting a 5K run, one-mile walk and young Yellow Jacket fun runs at April 15, 2012, at Greenville High School. The primary goal of the event is to challenge and change lifestyles of students, staff and the community.
The Wellness Team strives to create an environment that surrounds students with opportunities for active living and healthier food options by encouraging wellness education and physical fitness training all school year and across the curriculum.
The Governor’s Council endorses local, regional and state events to acknowledge an organization’s ability to plan and carry out a quality event that significantly contributes to the health and well-being of Michigan residents. The Yellow Jacket Challenge exemplifies this core value and has been officially endorsed by the Governor’s Council for all five years of its existence.
An organization must annually complete an application form for review to become a Governor’s Council endorsed event. The criteria for consideration include providing a positive and safe physical activity using qualified officials and benefiting a nonprofit or charitable organization.
“It is a great honor to be endorsed, once again, by the Governor’s Council,” race director Penny Dora said. “The Yellow Jacket Challenge has grown to be a really fun community oriented event. We are proud to be on the roster of sanctioned events.  Having this endorsement validates the quality of our event and demonstrates our commitment to providing a safe, challenging, well-organized and publicized physical activity for our community.”
As an endorsed running event, Yellow Jacket Challenge registrants who are 18 or older are eligible to register for the 2012 lottery to be one of only 400 people to run over the Mackinac Bridge on Labor Day.
“By endorsing local events all across the state, we hope to bring attention to the importance of physical activity and to encourage our citizens to take responsibility for their health,” said Marilyn Lieber, president and CEO of the Governor’s Council. “These local events can have a tremendous positive impact on healthy lifestyles and the subsequent lowering of health care costs, which present a significant challenge for our state’s economy.”
More information about the 2012 Yellow Jacket Challenge is available at www.yellowjacketchallenge.com.

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