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Picture from left to right: Art Miller, Health Department Director Jennifer Laurendine, Coordinated School Health Oak Ridge Stacey Pratt, Allies against Substance Abuse Prevention Kathy Scruggs, Health Educator, Health Dept. Kim Mitchell, Chamber of Commerce Tyler Dougherty, Clinton Drugs Jamie Jordan, Coordinated School Health Clinton City Stacey Baugues, Senior Regional Director, Healthier TN Communities Barbara Peplies, WIC Director, Health Dept.

Activeandersontn seeks new members, volunteers

(Submitted)  The Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness is a non-profit foundation which was begun with the mission of promoting better health in our local communities.  The Foundation employs three simple principles:  Move More, Eat Smarter, and Cut out Tobacco.   The foundation has designed programs, as well as easy to use tools, to reach families, work places, and places of worship.  They also help form coalitions in each county to promote and further their mission on a local level using interested community members to promote and provide programs that further one or more of their principles.

Activeandersontn is the local coalition here in Anderson County.  The coalition consists of members from all three local school systems, the Health Department, the community,  business, the Chamber of Commerce, and Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP).  For over a year now, this group has worked together to achieve “Healthier Tennessee” community status by meeting the goals set by the Governor’s Foundation.
At a conference in Arrington, Tennessee, outside of Nashville, representatives from almost one hundred cities, towns, counties, and campuses around Tennessee gathered to listen to experts in coalition building, effective planning, workplace and faith community wellness, and social media.

Picture from left to right:
Art Miller, Health Department Director
Jennifer Laurendine, Coordinated School Health Oak Ridge
Stacey Pratt, Allies against Substance Abuse Prevention
Kathy Scruggs, Health Educator, Health Dept.
Kim Mitchell, Chamber of Commerce
Tyler Dougherty, Clinton Drugs
Jamie Jordan, Coordinated School Health Clinton City
Stacey Baugues, Senior Regional Director, Healthier TN Communities
Barbara Peplies, WIC Director, Health Dept.

According to Art Miller, Director of the Anderson County Health Department, the principles espoused by Healthier Tennessee dovetails perfectly with the TN Dept of Health mission “to protect, promote, and improve the  health and prosperity of people in Tennessee.”

Activeandersontn strives to further the mission of both organizations.   Miller added, “I think the Health Dept and our partners in the community and the schools have done a good job bringing opportunities to learn the benefits and enjoyment of healthy eating and providing physical activities that anyone from age two on up to seniors can enjoy.  Our tobacco programs range from preventing youth from starting tobacco to helping pregnant women quit smoking, and educating the public about the dangers of second and third hand smoke exposure.“

Activeandersontn is excited about expanding members and increasing their service and program offerings with new funding from outside organization and community volunteers.

According to Stacy Baugues, Senior Regional Director for the Foundation, who helps mentor Activeandersontn as well as other East Tennessee communities, “Anderson County’s efforts stand out among Healthier Tennessee Communities in the East Region. While many of the communities are making great strides, the Active Anderson group has made excellent progress in growing the local committee, implementing health related initiatives that reach various groups of the population, and engaging all sectors of work, worship, and local leaders in their efforts.”

If you are interested in joining with the activeandersontn coalition or being a volunteer at local events, please call Kathy Scruggs, Health Educator, at 865 425-8768 or write to her at Kathy.Scruggs@tn.gov.    You can also check out our activities at activeandersontn on Facebook.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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