Our Mission Statement
To promote wellness for Maine people through
physical activity and other health policies and practices.
John McKernon originally created the Maine Governor’s
Council on Physical Activity in 1987. Governor Angus King
subsequently reauthorized it in 1996. In 2003, an Executive
Order by Governor John Baldacci established the current
purpose of the Council is to advise the Governor of means to
foster a healthy citizenry, as well as offer viable
solutions to the health challenges that face the State by
promoting the benefits of physical activity. The Council
proposes strategies to increase the level of citizen
involvement in recreational and sporting activities,
identifies and provides guidance on health-related issues
that may be addressed through legislative and administrative
action, and serves as a liaison to national organizations
and interest groups.
Council consists of 25 members appointed by the Governor, as
well as an additional group of 30 liaisons representing a
broad spectrum of groups interested, and having expertise,
in health and wellness.