First Lady Glenna Fletcher's Communications Office
First Lady Honors Silver Creek Elementary School

Press Release Date:  Friday, May 12, 2006  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Jodi Whitaker
Troy Body

School takes proactive approach to teach students healthy lifestyles

FRANKFORT, Ky. – First Lady Glenna Fletcher today presented a Governor’s Award at a recognition ceremony for the Silver Creek Elementary School Walking Club in Berea.

The purpose of the event was to recognize the school for establishing a school wide walking club. The school created the club as a counter measure to Kentucky students’ high ranking on obesity charts and low ranking in exercise activities.

“The governor and I have placed Get Healthy Kentucky as a top priority in this administration,” said Mrs. Fletcher. “It is important to teach Kentucky’s children early on the importance of a healthy lifestyle. I commend Silver Creek Elementary for being proactive and teaching these students valuable lifelong lessons.”

Silver Creek Elementary is participating in a regional program called Healthy Lifestyles – Eating Right, Exercising and Staying Drug Free.  The program, established by Eastern Kentucky University’s Americorps members is in 10 school districts across southern and central Kentucky.

The school’s walking club has come up with creative destinations for the students as they walk around the grounds and the building. The students have walked the equivalent of a round trip to Silver Creek, NY (1,038 miles) and are just finishing up an equivalent destination to Disney World (785 miles).

In addition to walking clubs and health fairs, healthy lifestyle activities in the participating schools include Good Health Makes a Difference Day, Healthy Snacks Month and Happy Heart Month.

First Lady Glenna Fletcher believes that these are the right kinds of programs because they are both entertaining and instructional. “Young people learn by watching what we adults do,” she said. “By establishing healthy lifestyle programs in our schools, they will see the value of what we are trying to teach them.  We want all of Kentucky’s children to be the best they can be.”

All 500 students at Silver Creek Elementary School participate in the program.