Aerobics founder Dr. Ken Cooper, TV fitness pioneer Jack LaLanne, Jazzercise creator Judi Sheppard Missett, bodybuilding popularizer Joe Weider, conditioning advocate and researcher Bonnie Prudden, and philanthropist Bud Seretean are winners of the first Lifetime Achievement Awards given by the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
The President's Council's Lifetime Achievement Award is given to individuals whose careers have greatly contributed to the advancement or promotion of physical activity, fitness, or sports nationwide. Winners are chosen by the members of the PCPFS based on the span and scope of an individual's career, the estimated number of lives the individual has touched through his or her work, the legacy of the individual's work, and additional awards or honors received over the course of his or her career.
"The President's Council is very proud to honor these six distinguished individuals," Council Chairman John Burke said. "Our Lifetime Achievement Award winners are luminaries in their respective fields, passionately serving as role models by demonstrating, through their work, the important role physical activity can play in leading a long, healthy life."
The Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented at a joint awards luncheon held in conjunction with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) to kick off National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. The United States Olympic Committee also presented awards to their 2006 USOC SportsMan, SportsWoman, Team and Paralympian of the Year, as well as their 2006 Coaching Awards.
2007 PCPFS Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
Jack LaLanne - At 92 years old, Jack LaLanne is considered the Godfather of Fitness and has been impacting lives for over 70 years. He opened one of the first health studios in 1936 and hosted the "Jack LaLanne Show", a health and fitness TV series that ran nationally from 1959-1985. He has been recognized with the California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness Lifetime Achievement Award, Dwight D. Eisenhower Award, and the Academy of Body Building and Fitness Award.