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Board President Nationally Recognized as Champion of Change

President’s “Winning the Future Initiative” Honors Local Program

Richard Kozoll, MD, MPH, was honored recently as a “Let's Move! and Physical Activity Champion of Change”, as part of President Obama's "Winning the Future" initiative http://whitehouse.gov/champions. He was recognized for his work with Step Into Cuba, a program to promote physical activity – especially outdoor walking and hiking – for improved health and quality of life.

On March 22nd, he was honored at the White House along with other leaders who are doing great work to increase access to physical activity for youth in their community.

Each week Champions of Change recognizes a group of Americans, businesses or organizations who embody “Innovate, Educate, and Build”. Different groups are highlighted each week ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community activists. For this event the White House Office of Public Engagement partnered with the First Lady's Let's Move! team to host an event at the White House to honor those who are "Winning the Future" by empowering and inspiring youth in their communities to lead active, healthy lifestyles.

Dr. Kozoll has practiced family and preventive medicine in the small community of Cuba, New Mexico, since 1975.  An avid outdoors person, Richard has increasingly devoted his time to creating opportunities for an active outdoor lifestyle in his community through leadership of a federal, state and local partnership, Step Into Cuba. The program connects local people – especially youth – to surrounding public lands through trail development, community campaigns, point-of decision prompts, exercise prescriptions and referrals, social support and roadway pedestrian enhancements. Step Into Cuba was awarded the 2010 American Trails’ national Trails for Health award.  His personal reward is observing his neighbors and patients improve their health through introduction of outdoor physical activity into their lives.

Professionally Dr. Kozoll blends his community health center practice with his roles as board president for HealthInsight New Mexico and chair of the New Mexico Clinical Prevention Initiative, a combined effort of the New Mexico Medical Society and the New Mexico Department of Health. Dr. Kozoll is a past chief executive officer (CEO) and medical director (1986-1992) for NMMRA and has continued to consult with HealthInsight New Mexico in support of its programs for many years. He is board certified in family practice, general preventive medicine, and quality assurance and utilization review.

To find out more about Champions of Change and Dr. Kozoll’s contributions go to www.whitehouse.gov/champions or www.stepintocuba.org.