Jindal Administration Challenging Others to Get into Race

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We are proud to share that our friends in Gov. Jindal’s administration are challenging state employees to get participate at The Louisiana Marathon. As part of the state’s effort to promote healthy living, Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols is inviting all state employees to run the Louisiana Marathon. Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Kathy Kliebert to run the marathon and to build a team that will compete against the Division of Administration team. State employees can get a 20% discount on registration through October 15 by using the code TEAMKRISTY20 or TEAMKATHY20.

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The Jindal administration is laying down a challenge to get into the race; not a political race, but a more physically grueling one.

As part of the state’s effort to promote healthy living, Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols is inviting all state employees to run the Louisiana Marathon.

The Louisiana Marathon and related events are slated for January 17-18. Nichols also challenged fellow runner and Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Kathy Kliebert to run the marathon and to build a team that will compete against the Division of Administration team.

In May, the Office of Group Benefits launched the Live Better Louisiana program designed to help state employees and retirees focus on wellness and prevention by living a healthy lifestyle and staying informed about their individual risk factors. Members enrolled in OGB’s Blue Cross plans now have access to resources and on-site wellness clinics that help them better monitor their health and make educated choices that keep them healthier.

Since the program’s launch May 30, nearly 1000 members have completed the health assessments that are the first step in the program. 20 percent of participants were found to be eligible for disease management or health services programs designed to help manage and prevent chronic disease.

“It’s important to be proactive about your overall health. From eating healthier and exercising to just staying informed about the risk factors we face, there is room for everyone to live better,” said Commissioner Nichols. ” That’s why I’m so excited for my team to run the marathon together.”

The fourth annual Louisiana Marathon kicks off in Baton Rouge with races for people of all fitness levels. Participants can choose from the marathon, half marathon, quarter marathon, 5K and kids marathon. State employees can get a 20% discount on registration through October 15 by using the code TEAMKRISTY20 or TEAMKATHY20.

Team Kristy has already committed 25 people to running more than 200 miles in various races. “First and foremost, this challenge is about promoting healthy living,” said Nichols. “But it’s also about beating DHH.”

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Kathy Kliebert

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Kristy Nichols

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