Governor’s Foundation Recognizes Healthier Tennessee Workplaces

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellnessannounced that 73 businesses and institutions across the state have been named as Healthier Tennessee Workplaces, the first to receive the awards in a new program to recognize organizations that encourage and enable employees to live a healthy lifestyle both at work and at home. 

“We all have a role to play in improving the health of our state, and the organizations we recognize today are helping lead the way,”Gov. Bill Haslam said. “They have demonstrated a clear commitment to providing a culture of wellness in their workplaces and are having an impact on employee health, and in turn, the health of our state.” 

Healthier Tennessee Workplaces have certified that they have a wellness program in place that does the following: 

Ø  Encourages and enables physical activity in the workplace

Ø  Offers healthy eating options at work

Ø  Provides a tobacco-free environment and help with tobacco cessation

Ø  Encourages and enables employees to monitor their own health through regular health risk assessments, screenings or check-ups 

Ø  Rewards and recognizes employees for participating in health and wellness activities and achieving health improvements 

Rick Johnson, president and chief executive officer of the Governor’s Foundation, praised the inaugural group that is being recognized.  “The leaders of these Healthier Tennessee Workplaces have created a culture of wellness that encourages and enables employees to be healthier, more productive, and more satisfied with their jobs.  It’s good for business, and it’s good for Tennessee.”  

Places of employment can apply at any time throughout the year. The designation is granted for one full year with an opportunity to renew on an annual basis. 

Those interested in becoming a Healthier Tennessee Workplace should apply at www.healthiertn.com/workplace. A company representative must register for Small Starts @ Work, then use the Small Starts tool to enter information about the healthy practices the company has in place to promote physical activity, healthy eating and tobacco cessation.   

Companies that don’t currently have an ongoing wellness program can use Small Starts @ Work, a free, online tool, available through the Healthier Tennessee initiative, to get started and become eligible. 

Small Starts @ Work provides employers with tips, ideas and actions to help employees get healthier together.  It is simple to use and can be adapted for businesses and organizations of all sizes. The toolkit is optimized for use on desktops, tablets and smartphones.  



Morning Pointe Celebrates Dec. 14 Holiday Grand Opening In Spring Hill

Morning Pointe of Spring Hill will celebrate a holiday grand opening Dec. 14, from 4-7 p.m. at 1001 McCutcheon Creek Lane, located off Miles Johnson Parkway, south of Duplex Road. The event will begin with a formal ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m., and will feature a Christmas Concert by Summit High School and a singing of songs from Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” by Columbia State ... (click for more)

CHI Memorial Mobile Health Coach To Visit Meigs And Sequatchie Counties

CHI Memorial’s mobile health coaches will provide mammography screenings on Friday, Dec. 1 at the Piggly Wiggly, 17619 State Hwy. 58 N. in Decatur, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and at the Sequatchie County Senior Center, 103 Heard St. in Dunlap, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. CDT.   "All women should have one screening mammogram between the ages of 35-40. After age 40, a screening mammogram ... (click for more)

5 Disinherited Adopted Children Of Dr. J. Don Brock May Share In Rich Estate After All

Five disinherited adopted children of the late Chattanooga businessman J. Don Brock may share in his large estate after all. After losing at the trial court and appeals court level, the plaintiffs won a victory at the Tennessee Supreme Court. Justice Cornelia Clark ruled in favor of the adopted children and remanded the case to the trial court for settlement of the estate. ... (click for more)

Walker County Asks Dismissal Of Erlanger Lawsuit Asking Court To Order New Taxes For Payment Of $8.7 Million Debt

Walker County, Ga., is asking the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Erlanger Health System that asks a federal judge to order the levying of taxes to pay an $8.7 million debt. Walker County noted that new Commissioner Shannon Whitfield has imposed a special tax levy on its citizens designed to satisfy the debt. It also says that Commissioner Whitfield held several meetings with ... (click for more)

Stormwater Fiasco And East Ridge Camping

When did the Chattanooga City Council get replaced by members of the East Ridge City Council? I don't recall a time in Chattanooga where they've voted to shoot the city in the foot more than they have lately.  If this goes through despite the environmental impact warnings and then Camp Jordan has increased flooding after spending millions on sports ball fields, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Why I Am Thankful

You would think that after 40 years of publishing an annual list of things for which I am thankful, I’d be getting to the bottom of it, but it seems the older I get I have found I appreciate so much more around me. I take absolute delight in planting a flower, feeding the birds and throwing a ball for my dog. I find that the more people who I come to know the more who I come to ... (click for more)