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Gov. Ricketts Leads Walk to Encourage Wellness

Media Contacts:  

Eric Maher, Governor’s Office, 402-471-1974

Dave Mlnarik, Nebraska Sports Council, 402-471-2544




Governor Ricketts with state, community, and citizen health and wellness advocates before the walk through the Nebraska State Capitol.


LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts held a brief news conference and led a 20-minute walk through the halls of the Nebraska State Capitol to encourage Nebraskans to exercise regularly.


“Regular physical activity is one of the keys to living the Good Life,” said Governor Ricketts.  “I encourage all Nebraskans to pursue active lifestyles and healthy living for themselves and their families.  Be sure to check out the LiveWell Challenge, which can help you track your progress throughout the year.”


Prior to walking the second-floor halls, the Governor held a brief news conference to encourage Nebraskans to exercise regularly, eat healthy, and use available programs and events to stay on track.  State of Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Interim CEO Bo Botelho also shared remarks on the disease-prevention benefits of a healthy lifestyle.


Special guests included Husker Head Baseball Coach Darin Erstad and American Ninja Warrior show regular Maggi Thorne who shared tips for staying active and motivated.


“Get competitive with it.  I’ve always approached life and sports striving to win.  Now, that’s how I look at my health.  Every workout is a win,” said Coach Erstad.


Nebraska Sports Council executive director Dave Mlnarik was also on hand.  He reported that more than 5,900 Nebraskans are currently enrolled in the LiveWell Challenge.  The free activity tracking website, previously named the NE150 Challenge, rewards virtual badges for miles achieved and helps users find local trails, parks, and events where they can walk, run, bike, or paddle.


The Nebraska Sports Council, which also conducts the annual Cornhusker State Games, hosts the Governor’s Walk and the LiveWell Challenge as part of its mission to promote healthy and active lifestyle choices.  Learn more at