ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – Annual Gala highlighted individual, community, and program achievement Springfield, Tenn. – On February 21, Healthier Robertson County was designated a Healthier Tennessee Community by the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness, an organization dedicated to enabling and encouraging Tennesseans to lead healthier lives.
Healthier Robertson County was named a ‘Bronze Healthier Tennessee Community’ based on local engagement, promotional efforts, and measurable progress to address critical health challenges.
“We are grateful for the many citizen volunteers leading our Healthier Tennessee Communities,” said Governor’s Foundation CEO Richard Johnson. “Our success would not be possible without their extraordinary efforts and contributions.”
Healthier Robertson County Chair Rachel Wright says, “Healthier Robertson County is doing great things in the community. From sponsoring and promoting the RCSTN Challenge 5K Run/1 Mile Fun Run scheduled for April 20th to planning the third annual Soda Free Summer Challenge. We continue to work together as a team to motivate and encourage residents to take proactive steps towards becoming the healthiest version of themselves.”
Healthier Tennessee Communities is a signature Governor’s Foundation initiative that encourages cities, towns, counties, neighborhoods, and college campuses across Tennessee to implement sustainable, localized initiatives to improve nutrition, increase physical activity, and encourage tobacco cessation.
More than 200 elected officials, community leaders, and Healthier Tennessee Community committee members from across Tennessee attended the awards gala, which took place at Graystone Quarry in Franklin.
The Foundation launched the Healthier Tennessee Communities initiative in March 2015 with nine pilot communities. Today, nearly 100 communities, neighborhoods, and college campuses are engaged with the program, and 33 have received the designation.
More information about the communities program, including a list of participating cities and counties and other Healthier Tennessee® initiatives, like the Small Starts® suite of interactive wellness tools, is available at 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.
The Healthier Robertson County committee meets the third Tuesday of every month at 2pm at the UT Extension Office located at 408 North Main Street in Springfield. Please contact Robertson County Health Educator Rachel Wright for more info 615-384-4504.
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