Missy Kane honored with Community Leadership Award from
President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition
The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN) has selected Covenant Health fitness advocate Missy Kane to receive a 2013 PCFSN Community Leadership Award. The award is given annually to individuals or organizations who improve the lives of others within their communities by providing or enhancing opportunities to engage in sports, physical activities, fitness or nutrition-related programs.
Kane spearheads Covenant Health’s not-for-profit mission to improve quality of life through better health and fitness. She has initiated and hosted community programs for hiking, biking, mall walking, running, corporate wellness, and senior fitness. She is a frequent guest at local schools where she encourages children to exercise. Kane is a former collegiate track and field coach and has trained nine teams of runners and walkers for the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon. Her expert advice and input has been sought by Runner’s World magazine, ESPN, NBC and Fox networks. Kane also hosts a fitness show on East Tennessee Public Television, where she exercises alongside guests of all walks of life and all levels of ability, proving her motto, “Life is more fun when you’re fit.”
“Missy Kane has worked tirelessly to promote the importance of physical activity throughout her community,” says Shellie Pfohl, executive director of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. “Because of her efforts and contributions, countless individuals can benefit from a healthier, more active lifestyle. Together we are all working to make our nation a healthier one.”
“It is an honor to be among the winners of the Community Leadership Award,” Kane says. “Early in my career I was a physical education teacher, and in my heart, that’s what I have always been. Covenant Health has allowed me to be a teacher of community wellness in a much larger ‘classroom’ and in many arenas.” This year, the President’s Council presented the Community Leadership Award to 34 recipients across the country for making sports, physical activity, fitness, and nutrition-related programs available in their communities. Kane is the only recipient from East Tennessee and one of only two honored statewide.
About the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition
The President’s Council educates, engages and empowers all Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition. PCFSN is a committee of volunteer citizens who advise the President through the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Through its partnerships with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, PCFSN promotes programs and initiatives that motivate people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to lead active, healthy lifestyles. More information about Missy Kane is available at www.covenanthealth.com/missykane. For more information about the council, visit www.fitness.gov and follow the organization on Twitter @FitnessGov.
About Covenant Health
Covenant Health is a community-owned health system providing comprehensive health services throughout East Tennessee. Headquartered in Knoxville, Covenant Health includes eight hospitals, along with numerous outpatient services and clinics. The health system also includes specialty providers of behavioral, oncology, and rehabilitation services, along with home care, physician clinics, and community wellness and outreach programs. Covenant Health has more than 1,000 affiliated physicians and 10,000 employees systemwide.