Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher to Kick Off Get Healthy Kentucky Initiative This Week

Press Release Date:  Monday, January 22, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Vikki Franklin

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher will officially kick off the Get Healthy Kentucky initiative in a series of events around the state this week. Governor Fletcher designed Get Healthy Kentucky (GHK) as a way to reach more Kentuckians on a personal level, encouraging and educating them about the values of leading a healthy life.

At the events, Governor Fletcher will spread the message of getting more physical activity, eating healthy and avoiding tobacco products a part of a comprehensive plan to improve the health and well-being of all Kentuckians.

The initiative, which will be guided by the GHK Council, includes a Web site ( that offers an in-depth look at the GHK approach to living well, the Governor’s Challenge Program and a host of unique incentives, awards and programs to encourage people to join GHK.

“The time is right to improve our health status,” said Governor Fletcher. “As we launch the Get Healthy Kentucky initiative, I hope the public will be inspired to join as we work to change the mindset of the Commonwealth to start living healthier, more active lives.”

Governor Fletcher will promote GHK this week at the following locations:

  • Owensboro, Tuesday, January 23, at 1:45 p.m. Central time at the Owensboro Community and Technical College Humanities Building.
  • Ashland, Wednesday, January 24, at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time at the Ashland/Boyd County Health Department, 2924 Holt St.
  • Paintsville, Wednesday, January 24, at 3 p.m. Eastern time at the Country Music Highway Museum.

The Get Healthy Kentucky Web site also includes a Governor’s Challenge program to engage individuals, families, businesses, schools, churches and other organizations in setting and meeting individualized physical activity goals. The initiative also will include the appointment of leaders across the state to the Governor’s Council on Wellness and Physical Activity, which will provide oversight of Get Healthy Kentucky.

GHK also will plan unique promotions and campaigns to increase public awareness and encourage more people to start playing an active role in their own health.

“We’ve developed a comprehensive program that allows all Kentuckians access to useful health, lifestyle and physical activity information and tools, and we’re planning numerous exciting events and challenges to draw people of all ages and fitness levels to Get Healthy Kentucky,” said GHK Executive Director Chris L. Corbin. “Join us for the GHK kickoff to learn more about and to become a part of Get Healthy Kentucky.”