Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Announces Get Healthy Kentucky Sponsorship of 2007 Bluegrass State Games

Press Release Date:  Thursday, March 29, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Vikki Franklin

FRANKFORT, Ky.  – Governor Ernie Fletcher and officials from the Governor’s Office for Wellness and Physical Activity’s Get Healthy Kentucky (GHK) program Wednesday announced GHK’s sponsorship of the 2007 Bluegrass State Games and unveiled the new marketing logo for the annual sporting event that draws thousands of athletes from across the commonwealth. The announcement was made during a press conference in Lexington.

“Since their inception in 1985, the Bluegrass State Games have served as a fun and exciting athletic competition for amateur athletes from all parts of the commonwealth,” said Governor Fletcher at an announcement in the lobby of Rupp Arena in downtown Lexington. “Bluegrass Games participants are the best ambassadors we could have to help us spread the Get Healthy message.”

The sponsorship agreement grew out of Get Healthy Kentucky’s continued work to change the health of Kentuckians through targeted initiatives that emphasize prevention. The program has consistently sought out partnerships with communities, organizations, groups and events that share the GHK mission of wellness and prevention of chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

“Lexington has been home to the Bluegrass State Games for 20 years.  It is a tradition we enjoy and one that adds about $6.5 million each year to our local economy,” Mayor Jim Newberry said.  “We are proud to welcome Get Healthy Kentucky as a title sponsor.  This partnership makes sense: The games and Get Healthy Kentucky share the same goal, helping Kentuckians help themselves to better health through exercise.”

Other sponsors of this year’s Bluegrass Games are: Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Ashland Inc., Kentucky Utilities, Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau, McDonald’s of Central Kentucky, Best Western, Central Bank, Lexington Hotel/Motel Association and the Radisson Plaza Hotel, among others. Most events will take place in around the city of Lexington. A regional softball tournament in Bowling Green also has been added to this year’s events.

Get Healthy Kentucky is a statewide wellness initiative that incorporates physical activity, nutrition and tobacco cessation and prevention components. GHK has created an opportunity for individuals and groups to have a one-stop, central location for information and resources that will improve the quality of life for Kentuckians and help prevent chronic illnesses.

GHK is designed for residents of all ages and includes access to reliable, unbiased information on the GHK Web site, The site provides information about the Governor’s Challenge program, an incentive-based fitness program designed to help participants set personal fitness goals and track progress online.

The Bluegrass State Games is an annual athletic competition founded in 1985. The event draws thousands of athletes of all ages and skill levels, who compete in a broad range of sporting events. The Games include more than 60 venues in Fayette and surrounding counties with participants ranging in age from 2 to 86 years old.

“We’re excited to sponsor the 2007 Bluegrass State Games and spread the Get Healthy Kentucky message to our athletes,” said GHK Executive Director Chris L. Corbin. “GHK is thrilled to support this event and we feel that our program and the Games are a natural union.”

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 healthier, more active lifestyles and information on incentives to motivate Kentuckians to continue to challenge themselves.

To learn more about the 2007 Bluegrass State Games, visit