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First Lady Glenna Fletcher is Speaker at Forum on Obesity in Paducah
Press Release Date:  August 19, 2004
Contact:  Jodi George
502-564-2611
 

The work-shop style meetings are held throughout August as part of Governor Fletcher’s Get Healthy Kentucky! initiative.

Frankfort, KY:   First Lady Glenna Fletcher was the guest speaker today at the Forum on Obesity in Paducah. This was the sixth in a series of free, work-shop style meetings being held throughout the state during August as part of Governor Fletcher’s Get Healthy Kentucky! initiative.

Mrs. Fletcher is special adviser to the Get Healthy Kentucky! initiative. The primary role of the Get Healthy Kentucky!! initiative is to assess health problems plaguing our state and then create an action plan for improvement.

“Obesity is a tremendous problem in our Commonwealth as it is the second leading cause of death and a contributor to numerous health problems including diabetes, heart disease, asthma, and other breathing related conditions,” stated Mrs. Fletcher. “There are so many positive things we can do to improve our health, and by working together we will promote the most effective programs that educate children and adults about healthy eating habits, and proper exercise.”

More than 150 people from a variety of interest groups—civic organizations, school board food service, elected officials, hospitals and others participated in this forum. This work-shop style meeting allowed groups to develop ideas to address obesity locally and statewide.

The meetings are funded through a grant from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report, “Kentucky Obesity Epidemic 2004” documents the extent and consequences of obesity in the state. It was a joint effort by the University of Kentucky Prevention Research Center, the Obesity and Chronic Disease Prevention Program and related divisions and branches of the state Department for Public Health of CHFS.

The First Lady is scheduled to attend the next forum in Bowling Green on Aug.23.

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Last updated: Thursday, August 19, 2004