Why be more?
NO ONE HAS MORE FUN THAN A PERSON WHO FEELS GREAT, INSIDE AND OUT.
It’s time to make the commitment, take the steps, and be more focused on getting healthier. Small tweaks—replacing a dessert with fruit, trading water for soda, an evening walk with the kids or the dog—make the process of lifestyle changes more manageable. A supportive community is the foundation for significant change.
West Tennessee has never been more engaged in helping its neighbors and families achieve and enjoy healthier lives. A concerted focus on health has never been more important than it is now, as America confronts its health crisis. Children born in this century, it is predicted, will be the first generation whose lifespan may be shorter than that of their parents. Obesity, the precursor of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, is robbing people of their length and quality of life.
With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local support through the grant’s coalition, four west Tennessee counties are developing and implementing strategies that assist families in making and sustaining healthier choices, choices that give them more control of their diets, more options for fitness, more energy and vitality for the people and the pursuits that make them happy.
Make it more convenient for your customers to access and purchase healthier food options. Coalition members will work with staff to identify the most nutritious meal and snack items and highlight their benefits and locations throughout the store.
Improve food selections/adopt healthier food policies at both curricular and extra-curricular venues (e.g. sports concessions). More emphasis can be placed on incorporating health messaging and physical activity into academic disciplines. Convening a Safe Routes to School coalition can make walking to school a secure and attractive form of exercise.
Be role models and health champions, sharing your own struggles and successes to become more fit.
Influence their congregations to pay more attention to the foods they serve at home and at faith functions—and include an active game (volleyball anyone?) before meals or a spirited group walk after.
Schedule more group-oriented activities: hikes, runs, educational seminars, organized team sports. Improved access and more signage can highlight the recreational and fitness opportunities available.
Offer healthier vending snacks and host company fitness challenges that engage and support their workers. More comprehension of the connections between health, fitness, and productivity will be provided by coalition members.