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GoJoCo Honored

Sarah Ransom, right, accepts the Bronze level award from Kayla Smith, Regional Director of the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness, on behalf of the GoJoCo Wellness Committee. Submitted photo

By Bethany Anderson

At the recent Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness gala, Johnson County was designated a Healthier Tennessee Community by the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness, an organization dedicated to enabling and encouraging Tennesseans to lead healthier lives.

At the recent Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness gala, Johnson County was designated a Healthier Tennessee Community by the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness, an organization dedicated to enabling and encouraging Tennesseans to lead healthier lives.
The Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness is a non-profit corporation dedicated to enabling and encouraging Tennesseans to lead healthier lives. Based in Nashville, the Foundation brings together a statewide coalition of employers,
health insurers, hospital
systems, local governments, school systems, and healthcare-focused foundations
and community organizations to effect positive, measurable change. The Foundation’s Healthier Tennessee initiative strives to increase the
number of Tennesseans who are physically active for
at least 30 minutes five
times a week, promote a healthy diet, and reduce the number of people who use tobacco.
Johnson County was named a “Bronze Level Healthier Tennessee Community” based on local engagement, promotional efforts, and measurable progress to address critical health challenges. The Johnson County Wellness Committee is known as GoJoCo.
GoJoCo, Johnson County’s Wellness Committee, was established in 2016 with a mission of promoting a Healthy, Active Lifestyle in a connected community. Check out GoJoCo on the web at GoJoCo.org or follow GoJoCoTN on Facebook to learn more, participate in activities and get involved. Dwayne Dickson and Debbie Eisenhower serve as co-chairs for the committee.
“We are grateful for the many citizen volunteers leading our Healthier Tennessee Communities,” said Governor’s Foundation CEO Richard Johnson. “Our success would not be possible without their extraordinary efforts and contributions.”
“Healthier Tennessee Communities” is a signature Governor’s Foundation initiative that encourages cities, towns, counties, neighborhoods, and college campuses across Tennessee to implement sustainable, localized initiatives to improve nutrition, increase physical activity, and promote tobacco cessation.
More than 200 elected officials, community leaders, and Healthier Tennessee Community committee members from across Tennessee attended the awards gala, which took place at Graystone Quarry in Franklin.
The Foundation launched the Healthier Tennessee Communities initiative in March 2015 with nine pilot communities. Today, nearly 100 communities, neighborhoods, and college campuses are engaged with the program, and 33 have received the designation. In addition to awarding 33 communities with a gold, silver, or bronze designation, the event
also honored innovative initiatives and individual achievements.
More information about the communities program, including a list of participating cities and counties and other Healthier Tennessee initiatives, like the “Small Starts” suite of interactive wellness tools, is available at healthierTN.com.