The Kansas legislature is launching the 2008 session with an emphasis on personal health and wellness.
At a Statehouse health fair, the Kansas Health Policy Authority unveiled new health and wellness benefits offered through the state employee health plan. Students from Atchison Elementary School were on hand to demonstrate some of the healthy activities people can try.
Among services the new program offers are access to 24-hour health information and programs, and physical screenings for state employees
Megan Ingmire, communications director for KHPA, said the program is great first step for state workers to set an example for all Kansans to show they are serious about getting the state healthy.
Rep. Bob Bethell, R-Alden, says the program gets to the core of health care reform. He says people all say they want to be healthy, but don't want to do the work to make it happen.
The legislature also launched a legislative health and wellness challenge Tuesday. The program will encourage everyone working in the Statehouse during the session to eat sensibly and incorporate exercise into their daily routine.