Archive for Sunday, August 31, 2008

Red Dog’ to receive state health award

August 31, 2008


Don "Red Dog" Gardner, who started the Red Dog's Dog Days community workout program in 1984, will receive a Hometown Health Hero award Wednesday from the Governor's Council on Fitness.

The award ceremony will be at noon in the Marvin Auditorium of the Topeka-Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 SW 10th St.

The Governor's Council established the award in support of the Healthy Kansas initiative.

Individuals across the state who have either had a significant impact on their community or a great personal achievement in areas of physical activity, promoting healthy diets and/or working to prevent tobacco use, are recognized.

Other recipients are:

¢ Jack Wortman, a retired Hutchinson doctor who has provided startup and sustaining funding for several local health advocacy initiatives.

¢ Kristey Williams, mayor of Augusta. She teaches an aerobics class, prepares runners for races and conducts holiday walking tours through neighborhoods. She was also a catalyst for Play Park Pointe, a community-built playground.

¢ Waldo McBurney, Quinter He is a 105-year-old beekeeper and was recognized as the oldest working American in 2006. He still walks more than one mile to work every day, is the founder of a community exercise group for senior citizens, and began running marathons at age 65.


71_Hawk 9 years, 9 months ago

Very well deserved! This community owes a great debt of gratitude to Don and Beverly, and their "assistants" who put in an enormous amount of time and energy to help keep many members of this community physically fit.

Janet Olin 9 years, 9 months ago

The value of Don and Beverly's efforts in setting positive examples for the community can not be calculated or repaid. Congratulations for well-deserved (but unsolicited) recognition. Red Dog and Bev Dog, we admire and applaud your continued dedication to serving Lawrence.

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