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Lauderdale – Dec 2015 Newspaper Article

The Lauderdale County University of Tennessee Extension Service has announced the most recent reults of the C3 Health Grant.

During the months of October and November, the Community Coalitions for Change grant community coalition planted community access trees at the Health Department, held a marketing campaign interview session to the public, and installed new playground equipment at Ripley City Park.

The C3 Health grant was awarded to Lauderdale County last year from the Centers of Disease Control in Atlanta, Ga., in efforts to tackle chronic diseases such as heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Lauderdale County was one of four counties in Tennessee who received this three-year grant.

Since February of last year, community members have come together with UT Extension to better the community. So far, the coalition has been extremely successful in their efforts and only have room to continue growing.

The main goal of the grant is to make community changes that are sustainable. Six trees were planted on the grounds of the Lauderdale Health Department in efforts to bring awareness to fresh fruit as well as public access to some. This was an establishment of Year 1 funds and possible future sites are being discussed.

The grant has allowed UT Extension to hire a PR firm to make a specific health campaign geared for Lauderdale County. This November, the final samples were presented to Lauderdale County residents at several locations across the county in efforts to get their opinions of how it will go over. Each participant was give $10 for 10 minutes of their time.

Around $6,000 was awarded to both Ripley Parks and Recreation as well as Halls Park and Recreation from the C3 Grant. Halls bought two soccer goals with their portion and Ripley bought a new swing set.

Year 2 of the grant is just now beginning and there will be much more to come from it. Anyone who would like to help out with the efforts of this grant can contact Mary Ellen Wortham at the UT Extension office at 635-9551.

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