National health TV series hosted by Debra K. to shoot pilot episode in Kentucky

Series set to air on PBS stations nationwide in 2013

Debra K. is the host and executive produce of “The Journey into Wellbeing,” which will shoot its first episode in Kentucky.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentuckians, prepare to inspire the nation’s health transformation! The jokes about being a state made up of obese, sedentary people are ending soon.

The pilot episode of the national health and wellness TV series “The Journey into Wellbeing” will be shot entirely in Kentucky in mid-October.

To be carried on PBS stations nationwide, a panel of Bluegrass-based experts will be featured alongside health explorer Debra K. as she educates America that the Bluegrass State is much more than horses, hillbilly hoedowns and hot browns… it’s healthy!

As “The Journey into Wellbeing’s” host and executive producer, Debra K. will travel to all 50 states and has selected the Bluegrass state to begin her journey.

“After spending 20 years in Kentucky and raising both my children here, I hold a special place in my heart for all things in the Bluegrass,” she said. “As I’ve explored what the state has to offer over the past few months, I am so proud of all the creative wellness initiatives across the commonwealth. I believe every state has hidden gems of well-being and Kentucky felt like a great place to start.”

A top-notch line-up of Kentucky’s top wellness pros will share their tips for enriching lives of Kentuckians as well as all Americans. Segments to include:

– Bobby Benjamin, executive chef, La Coop, Louisville. Benjamin will teach Debra K. to redo traditional recipes in a healthier fashion

– Lena D. Edwards, MD, FAARM, Balance Health & Wellness Center, Lexington. Edwards will provide Debra K. with her initial health assessment and offer tips to viewers on beginning their own healthy journey

– Frontier Nursing University, Hyden. Debra K. treks off to eastern Kentucky to explore the oldest and largest midwifery school in the nation

– Molly Galbraith, fitness expert, J&M Strength & Conditioning, Lexington. Galbraith puts Debra K. through her paces and assigns a fitness grade, while offering simple tips for beginning a fitness journey

– Janey Newton and Maggie Keith, founder and co-owners, Foxhollow Farm, Crestwood. Debra K. learns about bio-dynamic farming and the journey Foxhollow’s leaders have taken to create a profitable organic farm

– Eric Stephenson, owner of imassage, Inc. and national presenter, will offer Debra K. and viewers alike great self-care techniques on common ailments such as back, neck and shoulder pain

“From hiking at Natural Bridge, to redoing recipes in Louisville, and organic farming in Oldham County, we’ll present Kentucky’s wellness options in a positive, educational light that encourages viewers to begin their own health journey,” Debra K. said.

Described as one part Rachael Ray, one part Ellen DeGeneres, Debra K. is a former Fortune 250 marketing and sales leader, author of the soon-to-be-released text “Success from the Start,” executive director of the Destination Spa Group and founder of the wellness education company imassage.

“I’m an overworked, pudgy insomniac. I’m at that point in life where I recognize what I’ve been doing isn’t good enough anymore,” Debra K. said. “I invite you to join me as we travel and uncover the secrets to living an energetic, vibrant life.”

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