Multiple people and organizations awarded for creating a healthier Kansas

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Those working to create a healthier Kansas were awarded Friday.

The Governor's Council on Fitness hosted their Health Champion Awards, where they awarded four individuals and organizations.

Missty Lechner was awarded for leading efforts to create food and farm councils in 18 Kansas counties.

Nikki Allen served as the Victor Ornelas Elementary School's Wellness Champion, where she created a running club for students.

Highland Community College Wellness Committee implemented a policy allowing employees thirty minutes of paid exercise a day.

And the Chanute Recreation Commission transformed a former public golf course into a multi-use outdoor facility.

"It's very important, obviously, to the Governor's Council on Fitness to not only know what's happening in the state, but also to recognize those that are doing exceptional work," said Marlou Wegener, chairperson of the council.

The Governor's Council on Fitness says winners of the award promote exemplary contributions to fitness in Kansas.