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Governor, officials tell Oklahomans to walk this way

Oklahoma's governor leads state workers and others on a walk outside the state Capitol, and encourages them to eat better and to exercise.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Modified: May 15, 2013 at 10:19 pm •  Published: May 16, 2013

Thompson said she and a co-worker, Crystal Raymond, use their breaks to walk. They also bring their lunch to work instead of eating fast food.

Raymond said the governor's walk encouraged state workers and others to get more involved in healthy living choices, especially those who needed some motivation.

Mickey Morgan, who works for the Department of Human Services, said the governor leading the walk was a good way to reinforce efforts by the agency to develop a wellness program.

“I've always been big into health and fitness anyways, and it's something that we've tried to do around the agency so it seemed important just to be a part of it,” he said.

Fallin encouraged state agencies and businesses to develop wellness programs, such as helping workers watch their nutrition, quit smoking and to walk or exercise before and after work or during the lunch period.

“As people get healthier, we lower our health care costs because we're healthier individuals,” Fallin said. “We also reduce employee absenteeism, which makes our workers more productive … and we decrease rates of illnesses and injuries.”