In three Tennessee counties, the health challenges of obesity, inactivity and smoking are taking a serious toll: Madison County (Jackson) Coffee County (Tullahoma) McMinn County (Athens) So these communities are taking steps to promote better health habits, using tactics from diabetes education to fitness trails. Explore the numbers and solutions below. Note: Numbers show the percentage of the population in each area who are obese, physically inactive or smokers. Steps taken to promote better health habits Visit the BlueCross BlueShield Health Index to see how health conditions impact Tennessee.
Stories about Fitness & Obesity Awareness
GoNoodle has had a big impact on Tennessee schools, with in-class brain breaks sparking activity in more than 1,000 Tennessee schools. So Better Tennessee asked Tennessee teachers: What’s the biggest success you had with GoNoodle in the classroom during the 2016-2017 school year? We got so many great responses, it was hard to choose our five favorites (though we eventually did and you can read those below). Thanks to everyone who reached out and shared a story! Amberly Sandberg 2nd grade Erma Siegel Elementary Murfreesboro Favorite GoNoodle activity: Moose Tube’s “Go Bananas” We have some pretty high-energy boys and girls this year. When my response to intervention (RTI) class worked particularly hard on pronouns one day, I let them dance through Blazer Fresh’s “Read with […]
For many teachers in Tennessee, “brain breaks” are key to keeping their classrooms on track. Using a program called GoNoodle, teachers play videos that give students brief physical activity breaks, which has been shown to help learning and improve classroom behavior. Better Tennessee spoke with four teachers from across state to get firsthand accounts of how GoNoodle helps them. Reed Clapp 3rd grade Madison Creek Elementary Goodlettsville The pressure on students is extreme now, with high-stakes testing and calls for accountability from every direction. These students are expected to perform at higher levels than ever before. It helps me create an environment that is conducive for learning. I use it in two ways: First thing in the morning, the class has a social time when […]