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Gov. announces Healthier Tennessee initiative

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

Governor Bill Haslam announced his "Healthier Tennessee" initiative Wednesday.

The initiative encourages Tennesseans to be more physically active, to eat nutritious foods in healthy portions, and not to use tobacco products. 

"Tennessee is one of the best places there is to live, work and raise a family, but we also are one of the least healthy states in the nation," Haslam said.  "Our citizens have high rates of behavior-related diseases such as hypertension and stroke, Type II diabetes, heart disease, and several types of cancer."

Haslam believes the program will improve quality of life and reduce the cost of health care and the cost of doing business in Tennessee.

Haslam also announced the creation of the Governor's Foundation for Health and Wellness, a non-profit corporation based in Nashville that will direct and lead the initiative over the long term. 

"The governor's creation and leadership of Healthier Tennessee and the fact that he has made health and wellness priorities are major steps to moving our state from among the least healthy to one of the healthiest places to live," said Rick Johnson, president and chief executive officer of the foundation."Our goal is for this campaign to become a movement, with renewed pride and positive attitudes that will lead to positive results." 

The Healthier Tennessee initiative will encourage support of common goals; consistent measurement and reporting of results; and the use of proven, best-practice programs and tools in workplaces, schools, places of worship, and neighborhoods throughout the state. 

Healthier Tennessee will include a rewards-and-recognition program for participation and achievement.

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