Submitted Healthier Tennessee Community friendly signage is located in the Red Boiling Springs City Park playground, encouraging opportunities for physical activity for caregivers while at the park with children.

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Healthier Tennessee Community friendly signage is located in the Red Boiling Springs City Park playground, encouraging opportunities for physical activity for caregivers while at the park with children.

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Healthier Tennessee Communities is a program of the Governor's Foundation for Health and Wellness. The program recognizes those communities that show commitment to healthy living.

In 2017, Macon County was recognized by Healthier Tennessee Communities and is now a Tennessee county with the designation of Healthier Tennessee Community Macon County.

Macon County is the 13th county in Tennessee to receive the award.

The Healthier Tennessee Communities program was started 2013 by the Governor's Foundation for Health and Wellness along with nine communities that began work toward becoming healthier communities. The Healthier Tennessee Communities Committee in Macon County has been working for three years.

Becoming and being healthier is a work in progress by all citizens to reach and maintain a healthier lifestyle.

The Macon County committee provides support and promotes healthier lifestyle through community-wide events that support physical activity, healthy eating and tobacco cessation.

Activities that provide encouragement and recognition of community-led change are a critical part of improving the health and lives of Tennesseans.

The Healthier Tennessee Communities Committee in Macon County is composed of volunteers who represent businesses, industry, schools and health care providers.

The committee works to identify local wellness champions to lead the effort, to create a local wellness council that engages people in work places, schools and faith organizations, and to initiate and sustain community-wide events that support physical activity, healthy eating and tobacco cessation, and to track and measure outputs that measure the accomplishments of the program.

The Macon County committee has produced a DVD that supports the initiatives of Heathier Tennessee Communities. Copies of the DVD, along with a television, have been placed in high-traffic areas throughout Macon County to help spread the word about our mission. The locations used on the DVD have agreed to play the DVD regularly in their business or agency.

Local experts in Macon County became the stars of the production. The filming and editing was provided by Barry Hiett and NCTC-TV. Without NCTC-TV assistance, the project would not have been possible.

Locations to view the DVD include: the Macon County Health Department, Macon County Health and Human Services, the Upper Cumberland Human Resources Agency (UCHRA) office, Macon County General Hospital, Macon Helps, the Macon County Chamber of Commerce, Alpha Medical Associates, the Lafayette Children's Clinic, all of the Macon County schools, Step Back in Time Shop in Red Boiling Springs, the Macon County Senior Citizens Center, the Donoho Hotel, and the Armour Hotel. Also, the Macon County Library and Red Boiling Springs Library have a DVD available for checkout.

Signage for the organization has been purchased and is being installed by the Tennessee Department of Transportation on six highway arteries entering the county.

Distance markers were installed in the Lafayette's Key Park and Red Boiling Springs City Park detailing how far a person has traveled on the trail.

A plaque for the Macon County Welcome Center was purchased to install at the Macon County Chamber of Commerce.

The group received a certificate from Governor Bill Haslam recognizing Tennessee Healthier Community Macon County, which was presented to Macon County Mayor Steve Jones and the Macon County Commission, and a flag was presented to Jones to fly on the Macon County Court House lawn.

The group provided a financial contribution for the purchase of bicycles for the Making Macon Fit event.

The organization's project for the 2017-18 year is to sign up 250 individuals to the Streaks for Small Starts. Individuals can sign up using a computer app, which provides access to great fitness activities. The web site for Streaks for Small Starts is http://streaks.io/macon. Registration begins in January. Registering helps the Committee for Healthier Tennessee Community Macon County receive a financial award to continue its work.

Active members of Healthier Tennessee Community Macon County Committee include: Carolyn Whitaker, chairperson; Michael Railling, director of the Macon County Health Department; Megan Kinslow, Macon County Health Department; David Flynn, Macon County Schools; Lynne Knight, University of Tennessee Extension; Kevin Driver, North Central Telephone Company; B.J. Clendenin, Walgreens; Casey Brawner, Macon County Schools; Stacey Brawner, Macon County General Hospital; Brenda McDonald, Macon County Schools; Jackie Sircy, Macon County Schools; and Brenda Hiett.

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Healthier Tennessee Community friendly signage is located in the Red Boiling Springs City Park playground, encouraging opportunities for physical activity for caregivers while at the park with children.

A television located in the lobby of the Donoho Hotel plays the Healthier Tennessee Community Macon County DVD, featuring one of the individuals promoting healthy eating.

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A sign in the Red Boiling Springs City Park details distance over the park’s walking trails.

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Pictured (L to R) are David Flynn, Stacey Brawner, Carolyn Whitaker and Kevin Driver, all of whom are active members of the Healthier Tennessee Community Macon County Committee.

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A Healthier Tennessee Community flag was presented to Macon County Mayor Steve Jones (third from left) by committee members (L to R) Brenda Hiett, Carolyn Whitaker, B.J. Clendenin and Jackie Sircy.

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A certificate proclaiming Healthier Tennessee Community Macon County was signed by Governor Bill Haslam. Macon County is the 13th county in Tennessee to receive the award.

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Healthier Tennessee Community Macon County signs have been purchased and are being installed by the Tennessee Department of Transportation on six arteries as you enter Macon County.