In Tennessee, you can take in the breath-taking scenery from the Great Smoky Mountains, listen to melodies from the home of country music and the blues, and savor plenty of Southern culinary favorites. But aside from its many ways to unwind, the state also faces a distressing problem: Tennessee is the eleventh most obese state in the nation for children.
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, thanks to support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Assisi Foundation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is working with communities throughout the state to make it easier for kids to lead healthier lives.
Our Work in Tennessee
In Tennessee, we’re making it easier for kids to develop healthy habits.
Nearly 900 schools serving over 508,000 students across the state have joined Healthier Generation's Healthy Schools Program, creating healthier school environments for children to thrive. Since 2007, 44 Tennessee schools have been recognized with National Healthy Schools Awards for their outstanding efforts.
We’ve also made it easier for more than 12,700 youth in 110 out-of-school time programs to eat right and move more through our Healthy Out-of-School Time Initiative.
Hear from champions from just two of the many schools and districts we work with in Tennessee: Jackson-Madison County School System, which has enrolled all of its 27 schools in the Healthy Schools Program; and Beech Bluff Elementary School, which has been enrolled in the Healthy Schools Program since 2009.
From Our Program Manager
Our Program Manager lives and works in Tennessee, supporting our work in schools in building healthier learning environments. Hear from her about the impact we’re making in Tennessee.