The Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness, a non-profit organization dedicated to "enabling and encouraging Tennesseans to lead healthier lives," will expand its Healthier Tennessee Communities program with the official launch of Healthier Tennessee Neighborhoods in Chattanooga next Thursday from 1-2 p.m. at Chattanooga City Council Building, Assembly Room, 1000 Lindsay St.
"The Healthier Tennessee Neighborhoods program seeks to increase physical activity, encourage healthier eating and enable tobacco abstinence at the neighborhood level in Tennessee’s largest cities," officials said. "Local, on-the-ground Healthier Tennessee Neighborhood Committees will develop plans and select initiatives that will meaningfully improve the health of their respective neighborhoods."
Six pilot neighborhoods in Chattanooga will be working to be officially designated by Governor Bill Haslam and the foundation, and others will be added to the program in the coming weeks.
Community leaders, elected officials and health experts will participate in Thursday's event in Chattanooga, along with representatives from the Governor's Foundation for Health and Wellness.
Participating, will be:
Councilwoman Carol Berz
Councilwoman Demetrus Coonrod
County Commissioner Katherlyn Geter
Councilman Darrin Ledford
Councilman Erskine Oglesby Jr.
Bill Ulmer, director of Community Health Services, Hamilton County Health Department
Richard Johnson, CEO, Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness
To register your attendance and RSVP, email John Chobanian at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, Oct. 24.