He's no Terminator-shaped, body-building governor like California enjoys with Arnold Schwarzenegger but Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry wants to shape up his fellow state employees.

The governor this week announced a plan to improve the health of Oklahomans, beginning with state's 35,000 employees. Many of them are at agencies here in Norman.

The state ranks 50th per capita in the country in the number of people who die with cardiovascular diseases caused by smoking and obesity.

Mr. Henry said beginning Jan. 1, all state workers will have free access to 12 months of one-on-one, personalized wellness mentoring and coaching. Many private companies have been promoting employee wellness for many years.

The state will offer fitness center discounts, exams and lab work through the employee's primary care physician. Some agencies will offer participants cash incentives to participate.

The payoff will be better long-term health and a more productive employee.

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