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For Release: May 14, 2012 – Pamela Williams – Office of Communications (405)271-5601

Governor Fallin Will Lead “Walk for Wellness” Today

OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin will lace up her walking shoes and lead a “Walk for Wellness” this morning in an effort to call attention to the importance of a healthy Oklahoma workforce.  Joining her on a short walk around the Capitol will be her cabinet secretaries, state agency leaders, state employees, and employers and employees from private businesses. Governor Fallin has proclaimed May as Oklahoma’s Employee Health and Fitness Month.

“Improving the health and wellness of Oklahoma’s workforce is a priority of my administration,” said Fallin. ‘I’m challenging state agency and business leaders to keep pace alongside me as we walk the Capitol grounds and personally demonstrate an easy method of employee fitness that other employers in the state can replicate.”

Studies show worksite wellness programs benefit both the employer and employee. For the employer, wellness programs can improve health care costs, reduce employee absenteeism and decrease rates of illness and injuries. In turn, such programs benefit employees by helping reduce stress, increase well being, improve fitness and stamina, and increase job satisfaction. 

“It is crucial that Oklahoma’s employers understand the value of a healthy workforce and the impact that health has on our state,” Fallin emphasized. “Providing an opportunity for employees to walk during their workday is an easy way businesses can support improving the health of their employees.”

What:             Governor Fallin’s “Walk for Wellness”

When:             Today -- Monday, May 14, 11:30 a.m. till Noon

Where:           North Plaza/North Lawn of State Capitol Building

Of Interest:    At 11:30 a.m., Governor Fallin will make a few remarks regarding the importance of improving the health of Oklahoma’s workforce before leading a “Walk for Wellness” in support of employee health and fitness.

The walk will conclude by noon.

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