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NCHPAD - Building Healthy Inclusive Communities

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                        
May 03, 2016     

Contact: Jen Remick
jenr@lakeshore.org
205-313-7417                                

Amy Rauworth honored with President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Community Leadership Award

Birmingham, AL—The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition has selected Amy Rauworth to receive a 2016 President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Community Leadership Award.  The award is given annually to individuals or organizations who improve the lives of others within their community by providing or enhancing opportunities to engage in sports, physical activities, fitness, and nutrition-related programs.

Ms. Rauworth joined Lakeshore Foundation in 2012 as the Director of Policy and Public Affairs. She also works within the UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative, where she is the Associate Director of the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD).   Ms. Rauworth has over 19 years of experience in health promotion development and implementation, focusing on the delivery of physical activity programming for people with disability across the lifespan. 

Ms. Rauworth has worked to consistently promote opportunities for individuals to lead healthy lifestyles through physical activity and/or healthy nutrition,” says Shellie Pfohl, Executive Director of the Office of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. “Because of Ms. Rauworth’s efforts and contributions, people with disability can embrace a more active lifestyle. Together, we are all working to make our nation a healthier one by helping individuals across the nation live vibrant, vivacious, and productive lives.”

“This recognition of Amy’s leadership in the field is wonderful,” said Lakeshore Foundation President, Jeff Underwood.  “It only adds to our firm belief that we have an amazing professional in Amy; we are incredibly proud of the important work that she is accomplishing as our Director of Policy and Public Affairs and Associate Director of the National Center on Health Physical Activity and Disability.  The future for her work at Lakeshore on behalf of those within our mission is very bright.”

“Amy has evolved into one of the most important and influential leaders in promoting the rights of people with disabilities in all areas of health and wellness,” said James Rimmer, Ph.D., Director of the UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative and Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences.  “I am honored to have had the opportunity to work with her over these last 15 years; she understands the importance of ‘inclusion’ from both a personal and professional perspective.”

This year, in honor of its 60th Anniversary, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition presented the Community Leadership Award to 60 recipients across the country for making sports, physical activity, fitness, and nutrition-related programs available in their communities.

About the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition

The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (President’s Council) educates, engages and empowers Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition. The President’s Council is composed of up to 25 volunteer citizens, including athletes, chefs, physicians, fitness and nutrition professionals, and physical educators, who are appointed by the President and serve in an advisory capacity through the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). The President’s Council is co-chaired by NFL quarterback Drew Brees and Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes. The President’s Council also develops strategic partnerships to promote programs and initiatives that motivate people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to lead healthy, active lifestyles. For more information, please visit the website: www.fitness.gov and follow the President’s Council on Twitter @FitnessGov.


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