National Group Honors Councilman Valenzuela for FitPHX

Aug. 19, 2013

Councilman Valenzuela Headshot for News with CaptionThe Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) on Saturday honored Phoenix Councilman Daniel T. Valenzuela with its “Community Leader of the Year Award.”  The surprise recognition came at the group’s second annual “Your Weight Matters” national convention in Phoenix.

"I am humbled to be the recipient of the Community Leader of the Year Award from an organization on the front lines of the national obesity issue," said Councilman Valenzuela.  "This award shines a light on FitPHX, a program that will continue to tackle obesity on the local level, empowering individuals to take charge of their own health and wellness."

Councilman Valenzuela leads the city’s FitPHX program, along with Mayor Greg Stanton and Olympic gold medalist Misty Hyman.  The program goal is to make Phoenix one of the healthiest cities in the nation.  

OAC has 50,000 members nationally.  The award goes to an individual who actively engages the community on the major impact obesity can have on a person’s health.  This year it recognizes Councilman Valenzuela for both his efforts in the creation of the city of Phoenix's FitPHX program and Glendale Fire's Healthier, Safer Lives program as a city of Glendale firefighter.  

“We were honored to have Councilman Valenzuela as a special guest of the OAC’s second annual awards dinner,” said OAC Chairman Pam Davis.  “We congratulate him on winning the award and commend him on his citywide efforts to improve the health of all Phoenix residents.”

For more information on FitPHX, visit  To contact the District 5 office, call 602-262-7446 or visit  For more information on the OAC, visit   

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