Ball State University’s Healthy Lifestyle Center receives “100000 Award in Memory of Dr. George Branam” – Ball State Daily News

MUNCIE, Ind.(NewsLink) — Ball State University’s Healthy Lifestyle Center has been recognized for its dedication to the neighbors and communities it serves.

The Healthy Community Alliance of East Central Indiana recently presented its “100,000 Award in Memory of Dr. George Branam” to the HLC. The annual award is given to an organization that supports the work of the HCA through outstanding leadership, innovative collaborations, and an unwavering dedication to improving the health and well-being of the community.

“This award has special meaning for me personally, as I valued Dr. Branam as a personal mentor for many years and benefited immensely from his friendship and collegiality,” said Dr. Leonard Kaminsky, director of the Fisher Institute for Health and Well-Being at Ball State. “Speaking on behalf of our dedicated faculty, staff, and collaborators, we deeply appreciate this recognition and look forward to continued service to our fellow community members.”

The award named after the late Branam represents his 100,000 lifetime miles completed to train for, and compete in, 66 marathons.

“This year’s award winner is truly representative of our stated values to improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve,” said John Disher, Director of Community Outreach for IU Health’s East Central Region and Facilitator of the HCA. “The Healthy Lifestyle Center is truly a leading-edge collaborative initiative centered around the needs of each individual. The healthy lifestyle programming it provides has been extremely valuable to our 150 Healthy Community Alliance partners and the audiences they serve.”

The HLC strived to help people practice better lifestyles in terms of physical health. It provides education, services and programming to the local community. It is mostly operated out of Ball State’s Health Professions Building, but also provides services at Meridian Health Services on Tillotson Ave.

For more information about the Healthy Lifestyle Center, call 765-285-1293, or email