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First Lady Promotes Healthy Living

February 11, 2011

Augusta, Maine – In an effort to highlight the importance of healthy living, First Lady, Ann LePage, participated in multiple health screenings offered by the Maine Governor’s Council on Physical Activity. Thursday the group presented their 11th Annual Legislative Wellness Day at the Capitol Hall of Flags.

The annual event is designed to educate and increase awareness of the importance of physical activity and good nutrition in everyone’s life as well as offer solutions to the health challenges facing the state. No-cost fitness and health risk screenings and a wide range of material on physical activity as well as other heart healthy programs were available.

The First Lady took part in several screenings including blood pressure, bone density and skin analysis. “It’s vital that we have an understanding of our own health. Currently, Maine ranks 39th among states in the percentage of overweight or obese youths and 35th in the percentage of overweight or obese adults. We need to do better. Our children deserve better,” said First Lady LePage

Governor John McKernan originally created the Maine Governor’s Council on Physical Activity in 1987. Governor Angus King subsequently reauthorized it in 1996. In 2003, an Executive Order by Governor John Baldacci established the current Governor’s Council. For more information log onto http://www.maineinmotion.org/aboutus_info.asp

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