The 12th annual Governor’s Walk is set for Thursday, Jan. 24 at 1 p.m. beginning in the second-floor rotunda at the State Capitol.

Following brief remarks by Governor Ricketts and Husker baseball coach Darin Erstad encouraging Nebraskans to pursue healthy, active lifestyles, the two will be joined by several area wellness leaders, including Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Interim CEO Bo Botelho and Nebraska Sports Council Executive Director Dave Mlnarik, in a walk through the hallways of the Capitol.

Mother-daughter duo Julia and Ashley Wessel of Omaha, who took up running and lost a combined 150 pounds over the past year, will be on hand and available to the media, along with Stacy Winters, an Omaha man who made positive changes in his diet and exercise routine 17 years ago and has now maintained a 185-pound weight loss for the past eight years.

Other special guests planning to attend include Nebraska Ninja Warrior Maggi Thorne, Nebraska Safety Council Executive Director Laurie Klosterboer, YMCA of Lincoln Chief Operations Officer J.P. Lauterbach and Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Coordinator Brian Coyle, along with State Senators Kate Bolz, Robert Hilkemann, Dave Murman and Justin Wayne.

Mlnarik will share a brief update on the LiveWell Challenge, the Nebraska Sports Council’s online activity-tracking program and introduce representatives from, CHI Health and the Nebraska Medical Association, all sponsors of the Challenge. Governor Ricketts and first lady Susanne Shore have used the online Challenge, previously known as the NE150 Challenge, the past two years to stay physically active.
The Nebraska Sports Council, which organizes the Governor’s Walk, is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization with a mission of promoting healthy and active lifestyle choices. Learn more at