First Lady Carol Mead participates in several efforts and events each year to promote healthy lifestyles for Wyoming’s children. She hopes that, with a little encouragement, kids will make choices that will keep their bodies and minds healthy and ready to succeed.

Talk Early and Often

Mrs. Mead is spokesperson for the Talk Early and Often media campaign sponsored by the Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming and the Wyoming Department of Health. This hard-hitting campaign is aimed at Wyoming parents to encourage them to begin talking with their kids early in their teen or even tween years about the dangers of alcohol use and to talk to them frequently about it. The campaign consists of radio and TV ads, as well as a comprehensive website at

First Lady Carol Mead speaks about the importance of keeping teenagers alcohol-free at a media event at the State Capitol on May 20, 2013. 

Wyoming Remember the 8

Mrs. Mead led a charity team in the 2013 ING New York City Marathon. Funds raised by the team will benefit the Wyoming Remember the 8 Endowment at the University of Wyoming. The endowment is named to honor the memory of the eight University of Wyoming student athletes who tragically lost their lives when their vehicle was struck by a drunk driver in September 2001. The new permanent endowment will support programs that aim to prevent the use of alcohol among high school students and encourage the responsible use of alcohol among college students who are of legal drinking age. For more information, please visit the program site. To make a donation to the Wyoming Remember the 8 Endowment, please contact the University of Wyoming Foundation.

First Lady Mead poses with Wyoming Remember the 8 teammates before the ING New York City Marathon on November 3, 2013.

The Leadership to Keep Kids Alcohol Free Foundation

Mrs. Mead participates in the ENGAGE program through The Leadership to Keep Kids Alcohol Free Foundation. ENGAGE connects people statewide to prevent alcohol use among children.

First Lady Carol Mead presents Buffalo Ridge Elementary School (Cheyenne) sixth grade student, Melanie Doughty, with a $500 check. Melanie won the district-wide “Life is Sweet” art contest, which was part of a district-wide suicide prevention campaign. Along with the cash prize, Melanie’s school and other elementary schools that participated in the contest were given a churro party by Taco John’s. Also pictured from left are Lori Latchford, Safe & Drug Free Schools ; BJ Ayers, Executive Director, Gf2b and Regional Suicide Prevention Coordinator for PMO of Wyoming; and Steve Smyth, Marketing Director, Taco John’s Intl.

Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness

The First Lady actively promotes physical fitness among Wyoming’s youth. She has partnered with the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness to encourage kids to be physically active.

Mrs. Mead poses with volunteers at the 2013 Cheyenne Health and Fitness Day on May 7th at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center. The events hosts over 1000 Cheyenne third graders over two days and encourages kids to lead active, healthy, lifestyles by leading them through various physical fitness and educational stations. This year’s theme was “Make Fitness Fun.” Similar events are held at various locations throughout the state. 

Wyoming First Lady’s Family Night

Strong and happy families spend time together connecting, sharing, loving, and learning. When children spend quality time with their parents and families, they are less likely to get into trouble, experiment with drugs, abuse alcohol or become involved in other risky behaviors.

Each fall, First Lady Carol Mead encourages families to spend a night together. Family Night emphasizes the importance of regular family activities and encourages families to make family dinners a regular feature of their lives.

Mrs. Mead speaks to fourth grade students at Pioneer Park Elementary School in Cheyenne about the importance of spending quality time with their families each week and avoiding risky behaviors like drug and alcohol use. The First Lady’s visit to Pioneer Park on September 23, 2013 marked the 9th annual Wyoming First Lady’s Family Night. Fourth grade students throughout Wyoming got a cook booklet featuring healthy dessert recipes and activities to do with their families.

First Lady Carol Mead participates in Family Night at Anderson Elementary School in Cheyenne in 2012.