Addressing Texas Health
Governor Perry creates Texas Athletic Team in response to state's health crisis
In an effort to promote a healthy lifestyle among his staff, Governor Rick Perry has introduced the “Texas Athletic Team, Governor’s Cup.”
On any given Tuesday or Thursday after work, you can catch as many as 80 staff members pounding the pavement of the Capitol grounds. It’s a way to help the staff get healthier; but even more so, it’s a way to save the state of Texas thousands of dollars in health care costs.
Perry's plan comes a month after Texas was announced at the bottom of the pack out of the 50 states on health care report cards and top of the list in rates of uninsured citizens. So why not start at home?
“Considering the wide range of illnesses and ailments directly linked to poor eating choices and a sedentary lifestyle, it’s up to each one of us to make the kinds of decisions now that can keep us healthier and happier in the years and decades to come,” says Governor Perry. "From an employer’s perspective, healthier employees take fewer sick days, are more productive, and require fewer trips to the doctor or, God forbid, the emergency room. That’s good for business, good for Texas and good for America."