Kentucky First Lady Glenna Fletcher was in Hazard Thursday as part of the governor's "Get Healthy Kentucky" program.
Fletcher announced a new program to help pregnant women quit smoking. The grant targets nine Eastern Kentucky counties where the number of pregnant smokers is particularly high. The program will be offered through the health department and is expected to reach approximately 500 women who smoke and receive Medicaid services.
"Talking to moms and encouraging them to quit smoking for not only their benefit, but for the benefit of their unborn child is so important," Fletcher said.
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation is providing a $245,000 dollar grant.
The pregnancy cessation program is a one year initiative that will officially begin July of next year.
The Pregnancy Cessation Project will be available in Knott, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Owsley, Perry, Wolfe, Knox, and Whitley counties.
For more information on Get Health Kentucky, just log onto http://gethealth.ky.gov