Skyward’s vision is to make Northern Kentucky thrive by connecting education, wellness, business and culture in innovative, inclusive, productive ways, as outlined in the myNKY plan. In order to reach this vision for “all,” Skyward will implement a shared work plan to serve as our strategic guide to create a five-year foundation for long term change.
With our focus on health and wellness this year, SVP will focus on their developing LiveWell NKY program, a community-wide initiative designed to improve the health of Northern Kentucky residents.
A key strategy of the myNKY plan’s health goal is to move an additional 20,000 (9%) residents into excellent or very good health status. Currently ranked 47th out of 50 states in overall health, it is critical for Kentucky to promote healthy behaviors such as active lifestyles, proper nutrition and smoking cessation. Currently half of the adults in Northern Kentucky rate their health status as excellent or very good.
LiveWell NKY will provide Northern Kentucky with a common vision for a culture of good health. The program, which has recently launched its pilot phase, will focus on helping communities, worksites, schools, and faith-based organizations pursue health goals in the areas of physical activity, improved nutrition, and tobacco-free environments. Based on the implementation of policies and environmental changes that drive improved health, organizations will be awarded “LiveWell” status.