WHEREAS, the benefits of physical fitness and health are demonstrated by an improved quality of life, reduced stress and illness and increased life expectancy; and

WHEREAS, increased awareness of methods to improve physical fitness and health will be beneficial to Missourians of all ages; and

WHEREAS, the most significant method for achieving an increase in the level of each person's physical fitness and health is to provide accurate information, and to give people the opportunity to participate in fitness and health related programs; and

WHEREAS, Missourians across the state are participating in organized or individual health enhancement programs now more than ever; and

WHEREAS, it is appropriate that the Governor initiate a statewide effort to encourage all Missourians to become more physically fit and healthy.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOHN ASHCROFT, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Missouri, hereby create and establish the Governor's Advisory Council on Physical Fitness and Health.

Membership of the council shall consist of twenty (20) members. Fourteen (14) shall be appointed by the Governor for two (2) year terms. Four (4) members shall be members of the General Assembly and shall be appointed as follows:

The Speaker of the House shall appoint one (1) representative from the Majority Party and one (1) representative from the Minority Party. The President Pro Tem shall appoint one (1) representative from the Majority Party and one (1) representative from the Minority Party.

The Commissioner of Administration and the Director of the Division of Tourism shall also be appointed to the Council.

The members of the Council shall designate one (1) of the members of the Council to serve as chairman and one (1) member to serve as vice chairman. The members of the Council may appoint advisors and/or liaisons from allied health and fitness professions to provide a network between the Council and other associations. The chairman shall call meetings of the Council at least quarterly. The Office of Administration shall provide any staff assistance required by the Council. Members of the Council, advisors or liaisons shall receive no compensation for their services but may be reimbursed for their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.

The duties of the Council shall include but are not limited to: 1) advising the Governor, the Commissioner of Administration and others of ways to enhance the physical fitness and health of all Missourians; 2) identifying and implementing new statewide programs to accomplish these goals; 3) devising methods which heighten the awareness of all Missourians of the need to maintain good health and fitness; 4) encouraging the exchange of information about fitness and health; 5) supplying private and public sector experts to oversee specific projects which are devised to improve the physical fitness and health of all Missourians; and 6) designating the host of the SHOW-ME State Games and serving on the SHOW-ME State Games Steering Committee, Finals Organizing Committee, Board of Counselors and any other committees formed to direct the SHOW-ME State Games.

The Missouri Governor's Advisory Council on Physical Fitness and Health shall report annually to the Governor and Commissioner of Administration on its activities and on the results of its studies, and shall include any recommendations in said report. This Order shall expire on July 1, 1993, unless renewed by an Executive Order prior to the date.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Missouri, in the City of Jefferson, on this 7th day of July, 1989.

[John Ashcroft's signature]


[Roy D. Blunt's signature]

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