The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN) selected Traci Smet ATC, CSCS, PES, to receive a 2012 PCFSN Community Leadership Award.
The award is given annually to individuals who improve the lives of others in their community by providing or enhancing opportunities to engage in sports, physical activities, fitness or nutrition-related programs.
“It is our pleasure to present this award to Traci Smet,” says Shellie Pfohl, executive director of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. “Individuals like Ms. Smet are working tirelessly to encourage physical activity and proper nutrition to positively impact the health of their communities. Together we are all working to make our nation a healthier one.”
Traci Smet, ATC, CSCS, PES joined Ministry Point Sports Medicine in May of 2007. Traci provides outreach athletic training services to Ben Franklin and PJ Jacobs Junior High Schools and soccer coverage for SPASH. She coordinates the Excel Performance Enhancement Program at Ministry Point Sports Medicine and is the creator of the Ministry Community Weight Race program (MCWR).
“Traci is an innovative force,” shared award nominator Denese Mace, District Director for Junior Achievement of Wisconsin and past Ministry Community Weight Race volunteer. “Her energy and enthusiasm to create better, healthier lives for others is commendable and very much worthy of this award.”
Traci had a vision to implement a program that would bring the community together with a common goal of living healthier lives, thus she created the Ministry Community Weight Race.
In 2008, the inaugural MCWR yielded 456 participants (102 teams) and lost a total of 2,730 pounds. During the second year Traci, a then Wisconsin National Guard active member, was called to serve Iraq. Due to Traci’s tremendous spirit and organization, the CWR was still able to successfully run in her absence.
The number of participants and teams has grown each consecutive year. In 2012 the MCWR drew nearly 1,000 participants and collective lost 6,227 pounds.
“When you meet Traci you find she is very passionate about wellness,” shared Dennis Kaster, Director Rehab Services at Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital. “She has a love for learning and a commitment to sharing what she learns with others – a commendable quality and something worth celebrating.”
This year, the President’s Council presented the Community Leadership Award to 47 individuals across the country for making sports, physical activity, fitness, and nutrition-related programs available in their communities.
“I’m very grateful to be recognized, but while my name may be on the plaque, it’s very important to me that the team at Ministry Health Care and our community be celebrated too,” shared Smet. “None of this could happen without them.”
About the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition (PCFSN) PCFSN promotes healthy lifestyles through fitness, sports and nutrition programs and initiatives that educate, engage and empower all Americans. PCFSN is a committee of volunteer citizens appointed by the President who serve in an advisory capacity through the Secretary of Health and Human Services. For more information about PCFSN, visit www.fitness.gov. For more information about the President’s Challenge Physical Activity, Nutrition & Fitness Awards Program or the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award, visit www.presidentschallenge.org.