Kentucky Health Agency "Walks the Talk;" Kicks off Get Moving! Event for Employees
employees of the Kentucky Cabinet For Health and Family Services (CHFS)
joined in a one-mile walk for the "Get Moving CHFS! kickoff. Get Moving
CHFS! is an activity of the CHFS Worksite Wellness program, which will
serve as a pilot project for worksite wellness in state government as
part of Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Get Healthy Kentucky!
initiative. Teams of CHFS employees will use pedometers to record their
physical activity over an 8-week period with the goal of taking enough
steps to walk across Kentucky.
is leading by example. There is no more appropriate place for state
government worksite wellness efforts to begin than the Cabinet for
Health and Family Services whose mission is serving the health and
quality of life needs for more than 4 million Kentuckians,” said
Family Services Cabinet Secretary, Dr. James W. Holsinger.
“It’s one thing for us to tell everyone what they need to
do, but quite another to actually walk the talk about physical
activity, good nutrition, stress management and tobacco cessation. CHFS
employees are literally taking a walk to reduce the cost of health care
by improving their own health.”
CHFS! is funded by Kentucky’s Nutrition and Physical Activity
Grant provided through the national Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention. The cabinet’s wellness and health promotion program
aims to focus attention on wellness and establishing and maintaining
good health practices rather than focusing on disease and illness. The
goal is to inform and encourage CHFS staff to adopt healthy lifestyles
that create a balance between mind, body and spirit and prevent disease
exercise is essential to a healthy lifestyle,” Kentucky First
Lady Glenna Fletcher said. “It is a habit that should be
developed in childhood and carried on throughout life. I am delighted
to see that this program will encourage regular exercise among state
2004, Secretary Holsinger appointed a 24-member Wellness and Health
Promotion Committee made up of cabinet staff at the CHR complex to
advise and support the Wellness and Health Promotion Program. There are
four subcommittees dedicated to specific issues that collectively
address health and wellness in a very broad sense.
the subcommittees will address were selected based on the Healthy
Kentuckians 2010 report and the Kentucky Obesity Epidemic 2004 report.
They are nutrition, physical activity, stress management and tobacco
Kentucky! Get Moving CHFS!" is the program’s first activity and
is sponsored by the Physical Activity subcommittee with support from
the entire Wellness Committee. The eight-week program is based on the
University of Kentucky’s Cooperative Extension Service initiative
called Get Moving Kentucky!
For more information about Get Moving CHFS!, visit http://chfs.ky.gov/wh.htm or about Get Moving Kentucky!, visit http://www.ca.uky.edu/fcs/factshts/heel-lr.910.pdf.