Government Taking New Approach To Health

By: Jenna Emenhiser Email
By: Jenna Emenhiser Email

We've all said it, this year I'm going to lose weight or maybe, this year I'm going to eat healthier.

Whether its weight loss, controlling a medical condition, or toning those muscles, everyone has their own reason for wanting to get in shape.

"A few years ago, I went to the doctor for a physical and a doctor said your father is a diabetic and your mother has a history of heart disease, you better stay in good shape," said Ryan Holliday.

With obesity, diabetes, and heart disease rates high throughout the region, Holliday says he decided these illnesses wouldn't become a part of his life.

"Ever since then I've just stayed in the gym," Holliday said.

But not everyone has years of experience at the gym. Others like Tim Kidwell are new to the exercise routine and he says getting started was the hardest part.

"At first it tends to be a burden on you, but you keep doing it and it becomes part of your life and it's worth it," Kidwell said.

And there's good news. Health care providers say physical activity can fit into anyone's budget.

"Walking, you don't have to walk on a treadmill, you don't have to walk at the gym or anything. You can walk around a track, getting out in the community being active," said Physical Therapist Rebecca Combs.

Now even Kentucky's government is getting active with a new website, Get Healthy Kentucky.

"A lot of people aren't educated with eating healthy, exercises they can do, and if they have it available to them maybe they'll start to be a little more aware of a healthy lifestyle," Combs said.

And with information from healthy recipes to the number of calories you burn in a workout, there are tips anyone can use to get healthy in 2007.

For more information on Get Healthy Kentucky, log on to their website at

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