Congratulations to Tonya Garner, Health Educator in Franklin and Grundy counties, for winning the Rural Health Worker of the Year Award at the Rural Health Association of Tennessee’s annual conference on November 20.
Garner has promoted healthy living throughout these communities by focusing on programs that address some of the toughest issues facing their citizens. Through the T4 tobacco cessation initiative, she has worked with teenagers in Franklin County to complete projects that promote and educate community members about tobacco cessation. She has also promoted physical activity by helping start a 5K club at a Grundy County Elementary School, hosting a Zumba boot camp at Grundy County High School, and helping to offer chair yoga at the Gruetli-Laager Senior Center. She has also helped to improve the access citizens of Grundy County have to fresh produce by helping to start a community garden at Swiss Memorial Elementary.
These are just a few highlights of the excellent work Garner is doing in both counties. She is a dedicated champion of public health and continues to help improve the health of her communities.