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HaysMed among the state's Health Champions


Special to the HDN

Special to the HDN

TOPEKA -- Gov. Sam Brownback presented the 2013 Kansas Health Champion Awards to the following individuals and organizations today during the second annual Kansas Obesity Summit.

Hays Medical Center earned an honorable mention in the organization category.

In a press release, the governor's office said: "HaysMed's core purpose is to help people get and stay healthy, and they serve as a model for advocating healthy lifestyles. In 2002, HaysMed built the first medically integrated fitness facility in Kansas to promote healthy lifestyles with patients, associates and the community. The Center for Health Improvements works closely with physicians and other health care providers to design comprehensive fitness plans that incorporate prevention strategies. The center works with local businesses to promote nutrition and exercise programs, offers monthly blood screenings at reduced rates, offers after school and summer nutrition and health programs for kids, facilitates an internal corporate wellness program that serves approximately 1,400 employees of HaysMed, and provides the Kansas Optimizing Health Program for individuals with chronic diseases."

The state's individual Health Champion was Lisa Moritz, Tribune, with Scott Wadle, Wichita, earning honorable mention. Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department was the Health Champion in the organization category.

HaysMed shared honorable mention status in that category with Garden City USD 457.

The summit's keynote speaker was Dr. Doug Gruenbacher from Quinter. In addition to his medical practice, Gruenbacher founded Castle Rock Wellness Center to provide a gym and exercise classes for his small community. He is an avid runner and a 2012 Summer Olympic torch bearer who looks for opportunities to motivate his community to improve their health.