$5,000 award to be used for local wellness initiatives
NASHVILLE – The Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness today announced Tullahoma has been awarded a $5,000 Healthier Tennessee Community Grant to help sustain community-wide projects and activities that encourage and enable physical activity, healthy eating and tobacco abstinence.
“We are pleased to present this grant to Tullahoma in recognition of the great work being done there and with the belief that it will boost efforts to improve the health of local citizens and the overall quality of life in the community,” Governor’s Foundation CEO Richard Johnson said.
To earn the grant, Tullahoma’s Health Council achieved:
- At least 50 percent of K-8 teachers using GoNoodle, an interactive, online tool that encourages exercise during the school day.
- At least 15 percent of faith communities with 100 or more members using Small Starts @ Worship wellness programs.
- At least 20 percent of workplaces with 35 or more employees using Small Starts @ Work wellness programs.
“We are pleased to be a part of the Healthier Tennessee Community initiative, and we will use these grant funds to continue our wellness plans,” Tullahoma Mayor Lane Curlee said. “I want to thank all the Tullahoma Wellness Council for helping us achieve this grant, and I also want to thank the businesses and faith communities who signed up for Small Starts. When you think about it, nothing is more important than the health and well-being of the people who live here. By being designated a Healthier Tennessee Community, we are improving the lives of many through encouraging physical activity, better nutrition and tobacco abstinence.”
In Tennessee, one in four adults smokes, and one in five high school students uses tobacco. Approximately 31 percent of the population is classified as obese and an additional 34 percent are overweight, and type-2 diabetes and high blood pressure are at epidemic levels.
The Healthier Tennessee Communities initiative takes a local approach to improving Tennesseans’ health by engaging citizens and local leaders in cities, towns, counties and neighborhoods across the state.
To be designated a Healthier Tennessee Community, Tullahoma must initiate and sustain community-wide events and activities that support physical activity, healthy eating and tobacco abstinence, and then track and measure outputs and accomplishments of the program.
Counties currently working to become Healthier Tennessee Communities include: Bedford, Benton, Bradley, Crockett, Decatur, Dyer, Gibson, Giles, Grundy, Hickman, Lauderdale, Loudon, Macon, Maury, Marshall, McMinn, Obion, Polk, Rhea, Weakley and Wilson.
The cities taking part are: Arlington, Clarksville, Collegedale, Cookeville, Crossville, Franklin, Germantown, Kingsport, and Tullahoma.
For more information about the Healthier Tennessee Community program and other Healthier Tennessee initiatives, visit www.healthiertn.com.
About the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness
The Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness is a non-profit corporation dedicated to enabling and encouraging Tennesseans to lead healthier lives. Based in Nashville, the Foundation brings together a statewide coalition of employers, health insurers, hospital systems, local governments, school systems and healthcare-focused foundations and community organizations to effect positive, measurable change. The Foundation’s Healthier Tennessee initiative strives to increase the number of Tennesseans who are physically active for at least 30 minutes five times a week, promote a healthy diet, and reduce the number of people who use tobacco.