The Healthier Tennessee initiative is led by the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness, a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) 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 affect positive, measurable change. The Foundation is funded through a combination of public and private-sector sources and is guided by a board of directors. A staff of 10 professionals has been assembled to direct the Foundation and implement the Healthier Tennessee initiative, which 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.
All efforts are being made to promote these goals in Collierville. We are speaking with local businesses and encouraging them to get involved and implement healthier workplace wellness programs, while providing the necessary tools and incentives for employees. Workplace wellness programs give employees social support and the proper strategies to adopt and maintain healthy behaviors. These programs can reduce elevated health risks, reduce health care costs, improve productivity, decrease absenteeism, improve employee recruitment and retention, and sustain higher employee morale. We also hope to have local worship centers represent this initiative and come up with ways to implement this into their congregation, perhaps, by creating events based on healthy potlucks and more fellowship with active indoor and outdoor activities. This initiative has become an agenda item during the Collierville Chamber of Commerce board meetings and will be promoted through the Chamber of Commerce website, Healthier Collierville’s Facebook page, and community events such as 5K’s, Fun-Runs, and walks. We hope to provide informational talks, grocery store tours, and healthy cooking demos all in the near future. Collierville Schools will be getting involved as well, first by conducting a contest where art students compete to create a new logo to be used to represent Healthier Collierville.
We are still in the beginning phase of developing this program, but as we progress, we’d like to share success stories. We’d love for you to get on board. Start by following Healthier TN on Facebook or Instagram. You can follow Healthier Collierville on Facebook for tips and upcoming community events. Follow my wellness page on Facebook for tips, recipes, and inspiration. Let’s make Collierville, the place we all call home, a HEALTHIER place to live!!
– Lisa Mullin is a certified Holistic Nutritionist, whose passion is to help others eat for optimal health, weight, and wellness. Lisa is a team member of Healthier Collierville, which is part of the Healthier TN Initiative. She resides in Collierville with her husband Rob and 2 teenage boys.