First Lady to serve as special advisor
Frankfort, KY: Governor Ernie Fletcher announced today the Get Healthy Kentucky! initiative to address the health issues facing citizens across the Commonwealth. Governor Fletcher also appointed First Lady Glenna Fletcher to serve as a special advisor to the initiative.
The Governor’s announcement was part of the release of a report on the obesity epidemic in Kentucky that called upon Kentuckians to eat healthier and become more physically active to prevent and reduce the incidence of serious medical conditions and premature death.
“Kentucky has a number of serious health issues to confront and this commission will start working to come up with a plan on how to tackle them,” Governor Fletcher said. “We must start addressing our health issues to help Kentucky move forward.”
The Get Healthy Kentucky! initiative will include up to 13 members. The group will gather public input and develop a plan on how Kentucky should go about meeting goals set in the Healthy Kentuckians 2010 – a report on the state’s health needs that includes reduced smoking, reduced use of illegal drugs, increased immunizations, increased access to dental care and improved pre-natal care.
“Kentucky ranks low in many health indicators and we want to work to improve the ranking,” Mrs. Fletcher said. “More importantly, we want to develop ideas to improve the health status of our fellow citizens so they can lead longer, more productive lives.”
Governor Fletcher pledged during his campaign for governor in his “Prescription for Kentucky” plan that he would be dedicated to the health needs of Kentuckians and encourage preventive measures be taken.
There are already several health initiatives underway in the state. The commission will serve as the guiding force in pulling these efforts together into a stronger and more coordinated effort. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services will provide support and staffing to the Get Healthy Kentucky! initiative.
The Governor announced a series of regional meetings starting in August to gather public comments for the commission as well as the report on obesity. The first will be Aug. 2 at the Holiday Inn North in Lexington at 2 p.m.