For Kentuckians who’ve made getting healthy their New Year’s resolution, finding the tools to achieve their goal will be a whole lot easier in 2007 thanks to Gov. Fletcher’s new initiative, Get Healthy Kentucky (GHK).
The program is charged with constructing a statewide wellness plan for all residents, including access to reliable, unbiased information on the GHK Web site, www.gethealthy.ky.gov. When the public logs on to the site, they will learn more about the Governor’s Challenge Program an innovative fitness program designed to help participants meet physical activity, nutrition and smoking cessation challenges.
“When I first envisioned Get Healthy Kentucky, I wanted something that would directly involve the residents of the commonwealth and make each of us feel that we are a part of improving the health status of our state,” said Gov. Ernie Fletcher. “With so much information out there, that can be a daunting challenge. Get Healthy Kentucky provides a single, accurate source of health information along with unique challenges and promotions to inspire Kentuckians to lead healthier and, ultimately, more fulfilling lives.”
Through the Governor’s Challenge, participants will be able to choose how to become and remain physically active. There are more than 100 activities from which to choose, allowing a fun and exciting bevy of GHK options.
The Governor's Challenge gives participants the capability to track progress on an activity log indicating how far they’ve come and how close they’re getting to meeting individual goals. Once the goal is set, there are three levels of achievement: bronze, silver and gold.
Kentuckians should start looking for the GHK logo and staff at events across the state that have been selected to help spread the message about the program and give the public a chance to sign up to take the Governor’s Challenge. The first 1,000 citizens to become members will receive a free Get Healthy Kentucky pedometer to begin their challenge.
“One of the most exciting components of Get Healthy Kentucky will be creating or supporting community and state events,” said GHK Executive Director Chris L. Corbin. “Look for us at various sporting events and physical activity initiatives that will help us spread our message about improving our lifestyles and creating environments more conducive to healthy living for schools and families.”
The public can now log on to the Get Healthy Kentucky Web site to access extensive and reliable information about nutrition, physical activity and tobacco cessation-related tools and information. There is also a place to join Team Get Healthy Kentucky to receive a personalized membership card along with information about exciting events and activities related to the program, as well as special benefits for team members in the near future.
The site also contains a host of other helpful resources, recipes and ways to get started to help more people adopt the Get Healthy message and start leading more active, healthier lives.
Appointments to the Governor’s Council on Wellness and Physical Activity, which will provide oversight of Get Healthy Kentucky, will be announced in the coming weeks.
“The goal of Get Healthy Kentucky is to get the public more involved in their personal health. We want all Kentuckians – no matter your age or fitness level – to join us in our efforts to start changing our state’s attitudes about wellness,” said Corbin. “Getting involved is easy. All you need to do is log on and start learning more about the Get Healthy message.”