March 21, 2014

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New Members Appointed to Governor's Council on Fitness

TOPEKA– Kansas Health & Environment Secretary Robert Moser, M.D., appointed six new members to the Governor’s Council on Fitness, with three-year terms beginning in 2014.  “We appreciate the time and expertise these talented new members are giving to promote physical activity and other healthy choices to enhance the health of Kansans,” he said.

These members serving three-year terms beginning in 2014 are already actively contributing to the Council’s physical activity initiatives:

They join current Governor’s Council on Fitness members Virginia Elliott, Chair, Hutchinson; Rhonda Holt, Co-Chair, Wichita; Dolores Furtado, Overland Park; Mary Jo Halfiger, Wakeeney; Kevin Harker, Kansas City; Douglas Iliff, Topeka; Cheryl Johnson, Topeka; Craig Kaberline, Topeka; Vance Lassey, Holton; Kathy Sexton, Derby; Harold Swedlund, Topeka; Marlou Wegener, Topeka; Claudia Welch, Topeka; and Jeff Willett, Wichita.

The Governor’s Council on Fitness advises the Governor and others on ways to enhance the health of all Kansans through promotion of physical activity, good dietary choices and prevention of tobacco use. The GCOF hosted the Kansas Summit on Obesity in 2012 and 2013 to generate recommendations for improving health across the state, and last year the Council launched the Get Active Kansas campaign through a network of more than 100 Physical Activity Champions. The Council’s website is