The Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness, a statewide coalition of health foundations, local governments, school systems, and community organizations, recently named Grundy County as a Healthier Tennessee Community. With over forty counties across the state currently participating, this initiative strives to increase the overall wellness of Tennesseans through encouraging physical activity, healthy diets, and tobacco cessation.
On February 12, Activ8 Grundy hosted an event at the county courthouse recognizing Grundy’s designation as a Healthier Tennessee Community. The ceremony celebrated collaborations between local organizations supporting health initiatives. Activ8 Grundy presented water bottle filling stations to Toyo Seat, Grundy County schools, the Grundy County Courthouse, and South Cumberland State Park. The Friends of the South Cumberland State Park presented a check to the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance for construction of the trail. Chef Rick Wright of the University of the South worked with trustees of the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office to prepare a delicious healthy lunch for those attending the ceremony. Other community partners in attendance included the UT Extension Office, Grundy Safe Communities Coalition, Reversing Diabetes Seminars, Discover Together, Head Start, and the Department of Health.
The event culminated with a Mayor’s walk around Altamont to kick off the National Lunch Walk Challenge and the Walk Across Grundy campaigns – initiatives encouraging local residents to team up with coworkers, family, and friends in order to increase daily physical activity. Teams already registered for these step count challenges, including “Fit ‘R’ Done,” “Team PACE,” and “The Young and the Rest of Us,” led the walk.
By gubernatorial proclamation, March 26-30 marked Healthier Tennessee Communities Week, and Activ8 Grundy encouraged local participation in a weeklong event series promoting physical activity and healthy living. To celebrate the week, South Cumberland State Park led a hike to the park’s newest addition at Denny Cove, the Smokehouse Restaurant in Monteagle featured a discount on healthy dining options, and the UT Extension offered healthy food demonstrations featuring smoothies. Wednesday, March 28, will mark Grundy County’s celebration of the National Kick Butts Day tobacco cessation initiative with the Grundy Safe Communities Coalition working with youth in the schools and churches.
Anyone interested in becoming involved with Activ8 Grundy is welcome to attend meetings at the UT Extension Office the third Tuesday of every month, at 11 a.m., followed by Grundy Health Council at 12 p.m. Learn more about countywide health programming by visiting the Grundy County Health Council calendar at https://tinyurl.com/gchccalendar, or visit www.facebook.com/activ8grundy/ and www.facebook.com/GrundyCountyHealthCouncil/ .