The Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness today announced DeKalb County has been awarded a $5,000 Healthier Tennessee Community Grant to help sustain community-wide projects that encourage and enable physical activity, healthy eating and tobacco abstinence.
“We are pleased to present this grant to DeKalb County 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, DeKalb County 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.
In Tennessee, one in five adults smokes, and one in five high school students uses tobacco. Approximately 34 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.