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CHFS encourages State Fair visitors to ‘Get Moving on the Path to Better Health’

Press Release Date:  Thursday, August 18, 2005  
Contact Information:  Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6180
or Vikki Franklin, (502) 564-7042
 


Cabinet for Health and Family Services to encourage State Fair visitors
 to ‘Get Moving on the Path to Better Health,’ Louisville event is Aug. 18-28

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 18, 2005) – At the 2005 Kentucky State Fair in Louisville, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services will encourage its visitors to make better choices to improve their families’ health and well-being.


“Get Moving on the Path to Better Health” is the cabinet’s theme, and physical activity and nutrition will be the main focus of the highly interactive display in the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center’s South Wing.


“Many major health problems – including obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular ailments – can be chiefly attributed to poor lifestyle choices like inadequate nutrition and exercise habits,” Cabinet Secretary James W. Holsinger Jr., M.D., said. 


“Lifestyle decisions make a considerable difference,” he said. “It’s very simple. We have got to take more control of our lives and our health status.”


Holsinger said the cabinet can potentially reach more than 600,000 visitors with that message at the fair.


With guidance from trained staff, guests will be able to get a personalized nutrition assessment from Mypyramid.gov, learn about what type and amount of physical activity is appropriate for them and take advantage of health screenings such as diabetes risk assessment.


Staff will also guide guests in activities centered on other health topics like smoking cessation, cardiovascular health and body mass index.


Family services provided by the cabinet, including abuse prevention, food benefits and adoption recruitment, will also be featured.


In addition to these daily activities, rotating displays highlighting different program areas will be featured each day.


Also in the South Wing, the cabinet’s Nutrition Services Branch staff will assist Louisville’s Metro Health Department in staffing the Rock ‘N’ Relax room near the Kidz Biz area. Parents can stop by the booth to nurse, feed or change their infants and for information on baby safety.

Cabinet staff from Jefferson County’s Department for Community Based Services will help manage the Wednesday’s Child booth, which will recruit adoptive families, in the center’s East Wing.


Listed below is a calendar of rotating display elements and program areas featured daily.


The fair, at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, is open daily from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Advance discount tickets, purchased at Kroger, are $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 3-12 and seniors. After Aug. 17, tickets are $7 for adults, $3 for children and $3 for seniors 55 and older. Children 2 and younger get in free. Parking is $5.
Log onto kystatefair.org for more information. 

Kentucky Health and Family Services 2005 State Fair Schedule

Rotating Display Elements

Friday, Aug. 19
Breast and Cervical Cancer Awareness - Kentucky Women's Cancer Screening Program

Saturday, Aug. 20, and Sunday, Aug. 21 (10 a.m.-7 p.m.)
Nutrition Magician Chef Tom Ohling

Monday, Aug. 22
KASPER and Prescription Drug Abuse – Office of the Inspector General

Tuesday, Aug. 23 (Senior Day)
Stroke Prevention – Department for Public Health
Glucose Monitoring and Other Senior Services – Cardinal Hill Hospital
Aging Information – Division of Aging Services

Wednesday, Aug. 24, and Thursday, Aug. 25
Lead – Department for Public Health
Consumer Safety – Department for Public Health

Friday, Aug. 26
Glucose Screening – Louisville Metro Health Department

Saturday, Aug. 27, and Sunday, Aug. 28
Substance Abuse Awareness – Division of Mental Health and Mental Retardation

Daily elements
• Nutrition
• Physical activity/arthritis
• Tobacco/asthma
• Diabetes education
• Cardiovascular health
• Food stamps
• Child/adult/senior abuse
• Blood pressure monitoring
• Body fat analysis (KSU staff)
• Bone density scan
• Kids trivia game
• Information station
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Last Updated 8/18/2005