Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher, First Lady Continue to Spread the Get Healthy Kentucky Message

Press Release Date:  Friday, February 23, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Vikki Franklin

Discusses healthy lifestyles with Louisville middle school students

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher and First Lady Glenna Fletcher were in Louisville today to spread the Get Healthy Kentucky (GHK) message.  The Governor and First Lady discussed components of Get Healthy Kentucky, a statewide wellness initiative, with students at Saint Margaret Mary Catholic School.

Governor Fletcher spoke about the importance of physical activity, nutrition and tobacco cessation.  The governor and first lady also visited classrooms and answered students’ questions about living healthier lives.

“We should teach our children about the importance of wellness and encourage them to make good choices about their health,” said Governor Fletcher.

“Explaining to Kentucky’s young people the benefits of regular physical activity, following a nutritious diet and not smoking will encourage healthy lifestyles.  This is the fundamental message of Get Healthy Kentucky,” said Mrs. Fletcher.

Governor Fletcher designed Get Healthy Kentucky to improve the health status of all Kentuckians.  The Governor’s Wellness Council will administer the comprehensive wellness program, which includes a Web site, where Kentuckians can join the GHK program and enroll in the Governor’s Challenge.

“We want everyone to take the challenge,” said Governor Fletcher. “It’s an excellent way for Kentuckians to reach their individual fitness goals.” 

While at Saint Margaret Mary, the Governor offered a presentation on GHK, spoke with adults and fifth- through eighth-grade students about their healthy living goals and answered questions about the GHK program.

For more information about Get Healthy Kentucky or to participate in the Governor’s Challenge, visit The Web site contains information to help Kentuckians lead healthy and active lifestyles and information on incentives to motivate Kentuckians to continue to challenge themselves.

Governor Fletcher has traveled the state promoting Get Healthy Kentucky, stopping in Owensboro, Paintsville, Ashland and Elizabethtown. The events have drawn more than 700 people.