First Lady Glenna Fletcher's Communications Office
First Lady Glenna Fletcher Recognizes Louisville Transportation Company's Weight Loss Challenge Initiative

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, October 03, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

FRANKFORT, Ky. – First Lady Glenna Fletcher was in Louisville today to recognize Louisville Transportation Company’s (LTC) Weight Loss Challenge, a work force initiative that promotes health and wellness in the workplace and motivates employees to lead healthier lifestyles. 

“The work of private companies such as the Louisville Transportation Company is extremely important in addressing health challenges throughout the Commonwealth,” said Mrs. Fletcher.  “Kentucky is taking an innovative approach to encourage health and wellness for our citizens.  Through the Governor’s Wellness and Physical Activity initiative and Get Healthy Kentucky program, we are making tremendous strides in this vitally important area.  With the introduction of Get Healthy Kentucky, we are able to enhance and complement the work of private organizations like LTC by providing a means for businesses and individuals across the state to access a central source of reliable information.”

The Weight Loss Challenge was first implemented in April and will track employees’ progress for an entire year.  During the program, employees can take advantage of walking clubs, healthy lunch options and health screenings.  If the company meets its overall weight loss goal of 2,500 lbs., the top five employees who lost the most weight will receive an all expense paid trip to Cancun, Mexico.  

“We have witnessed several success stories within the company over the last six months,” said Shannon McDaniel, human resources director for LTC.  “We are capitalizing on that positive enthusiasm to help motivate those that need an extra push to see the benefits of a healthy diet and regular exercise.  Louisville Transportation Company is proud to be recognized as regarding the health of its employees as a top priority.”

In addition to the overall travel prize, employees are motivated by other giveaways.  For example, Marilyn Ryan, an Accounting Department employee, won the September monthly incentive - a $100 gift certificate to the store of her choice.

“This program is a win-win for everyone involved,” said Mike Lemonds, president of LTC.  “Our employees will be healthier while the company will gain a healthier workforce that will be more efficient and effective for the company as a whole.”

LTC is a multi-state employer with more than 800 employees, operating four distinct divisions including Yellow Ambulance, Care Ambulance, Yellow Cab and Cosmopolitan Limousine. 

The First Lady has been a strong advocate for health and wellness in the state and, along with Governor, a commitment to the goal of a healthier Kentucky.  She has urged awareness in educating women about the risks of heart disease and breast cancer - the two most prevalent diseases for women in Kentucky.  Mrs. Fletcher hosts the annual Celebration of Hope, an event for Kentucky’s breast cancer survivors.  In addition, she supports the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women, a program which educates women about heart disease.