The Town of Greeneville is the winner of 2019 Workplace Wellness Award from the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness.
The award was presented Feb. 22 at a gala event at Graystone Quarry in Franklin as part of the Healthier Tennessee Initiative.
Accepting the award was Tracy Green, Wellness Coordinator for the Town of Greeneville, accompanied by Mayor and First Lady W.T. and Andy Daniels and City Administrator Todd Smith.
“This award reflects the vision of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen and the commitment of the Town’s employees to make their workplace better; thereby making the community stronger through healthier employees,” Smith said.
Since its launch in 2014, the Town of Greeneville’s Wellness Program has rewarded employees for participation in a variety of activities designed to improve their health and performance at work.
These activities include:
- Educational “Lunch & Learn” sessions on topics ranging from nutrition to illness prevention and care;
- Fitness through walking challenges, “Boot Camp” workouts for all levels of activity, basketball tournaments, and rewards for participation in community running events;
- Lab assessments with coaching sessions;
- Weight-loss competitions; and
- Extended programs on such topics as stress relief and smoking cessation.
An additional 17 awards highlighting outstanding achievements by individuals and communities were presented at the event.
Among the recognition, was Greene County’s designation as a bronze-level Healthier Tennessee Community.
The Healthier Tennessee Communities initiative is designed to improve Tennesseans’ health by engaging people at the grassroots level across the state.
The Foundation launched the Healthier Tennessee Communities initiative in March 2015 with nine pilot communities. Greene County earned designation as a Healthier Community in 2018.
Today, nearly 100 counties, cities, towns, neighborhoods, and college campuses are engaged with the program, and 33 have received the designation.
To be designated, the communities establish wellness committees and develop sustainable community-wide events and activities that support physical activity, healthy eating, and tobacco abstinence. They then track and measure accomplishments to meet the goals of the programs.
Communities achieve bronze, silver, and gold status by implementing wellness initiatives in places of work and worship, focusing on health in early childhood, building a robust volunteer coalition, and directly engaging the community in their efforts.
More information about the communities program, including a list of participating cities and counties and other Healthier Tennessee initiatives is available at healthierTN.com.