April 21, 2017 – At the Governor’s Fitness Awards in Detroit last Thursday, Grass Lake Charter Township and the Village of Grass Lake were honored as Michigan’s most Active Community for 2017.  “Wooo-whoo!” said Amy Heydlauff, CEO of the 5 Healthy Towns Foundation. “What a team you have in Grass Lake!!”  Grass Lake’s nomination, supported by Senator Mike Shirkey, was one of three finalists, along with the City of Ishpeming and Waterford Township.

The Active Community Award is given each year to communities that have taken a team-oriented, holistic approach to creating a healthy, vibrant community through increasing opportunities for physical activity, designing and building and on-the-ground changes that lead to safe, inviting spaces and creating and implementing policies to sustain their efforts for the long-term.

“Through the hard work and dedication of Grass Lake community members who are supporting the efforts of the Grass Lake Community Wellness Initiative, and the leadership and financial support of the 5 Healthy Towns Foundation staff and Board members, we are so pleased to be recognized as a leader in the State of Michigan as an Active Community,” commented Grass Lake Community Wellness Initiative Chairperson Doug Moeckel.  “We are very fortunate to have so many creative and energetic individuals in our community who share the vision of our long range plans for improving our climate of wellness and who are willing to develop and implement an action plan for progress.”

The official write up from the Governors Fitness Council stated in part – ‘Not only is Grass Lake a great place to call home, it is a healthy place to call home…. In the last four years, Grass Lake has implemented 27 wellness programs thanks in part to the support and grants from 5 Healthy Towns.  Grass Lake is providing programs that serves its audience.  The wellness interventions are: inspiring, adhere to a standard of excellence, embrace a culture of wellness, provide proactive leaders, allow innovative and creative options, are well prepared for the future, focused on new sources of revenue, expand public access, and improve efficiency and effectiveness.’