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Gov. Newsom discusses mental and physical health during visit to Bakersfield

Governor Gavin Newsom
Posted at 11:21 AM, Jun 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-16 21:00:10-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — Governor Gavin Newsom spent his time in Bakersfield Wednesday breaking a sweat. It was all part of his effort to get Californians back on track mentally and physically.

Newsom stopped by the In-Shape gym located in Southwest Bakersfield on Wednesday. His message: All Californians need to focus on physical and mental health, which is something the governor says was an issue pre-pandemic. More than a year later COVID-19 has made it clear that staying fit both mentally and physically is essential.

The governor's team will establish fitness goals for the state with the help of a new local council called the Governor’s Advisory Council on Physical Fitness and Mental Well-Being. The first partner, Jen Siebel Newsom, along with former NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, will co-chair the council and a total of 15 members who are expected to be diverse experts within both the mental and physical health industry.

The council is expected to work with several sectors within the state including schools, which will promote an overall wellness spectrum for students to learn early on.

first partner Jen Newsom saying they want to encourage not just kids but families to go outside more, go workout as a family at the gym.

The governor saying the goal is to help reconnect residents after the pandemic left many isolated.