October 2022 Open Line

The year of You!

October 28, 2022

Halloween Scavenger Hunt!

Happy Halloween!

Celebrate by completing this quick Healthier Halloween Scavenger Hunt! Send answers to WFHT.TN@tn.gov by Wednesday, Nov. 9 for a chance to win a prize.

**FIVE participants chosen at random will win a prize!**

Learn how to stay safe on this holiday:

Managing Family and Relationships

Upcoming Virtual Events!

Managing Family and Relationships (Presented by Here4TN)
Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 10:30–11 a.m. CT
Making intimate relationships work is a far more difficult task than we generally recognize. This session looks at the key ingredients to building good relationships, overcoming blockages to effective communication, and ways to manage and nurture relationships in our busy lives.
Link to register.
You can access all upcoming WFHTN activities, webinars, and workouts at https://www.tn.gov/wfhtn/challenges/wellness-events.html.

Veggie Chili

Recipe of the Week

It’s National Chili Month!

This Homemade Vegetarian Chili is packed with protein and fiber; this combo helps keep you satisfied and stay fuller, longer!

October 21, 2022

October is National Cookbook Month!

National Cookbook Month

Share your favorite healthier recipe for this time of year:


Planning on baking for the holidays? Learn healthy baking swaps:

As you’re crafting recipes and purchasing ingredients, reading food labels is important when aiming for healthier choices. Learn more from the FDA: How to Understand and Use the Nutrition Facts Label.

Nature in November

Get Out in Nature This November!

Pictured: Tims Ford State Park by Herbert A. Smith

There are so many ways to celebrate fall! Enjoy the fall foliage by getting active on one of the thousand of greenways across the state or plan a trip to a state park. Here's some additional inspiration for your fall fun:

Share your park photo(s) and/or experiences with dcswellness.council@tn.gov by 11/30. A participant from each region chosen at random will win a prize!


Upcoming Virtual Events

Preparing The Wrists For Planks
Thursday, Oct. 27 From 12–12:15 P.M. CT

To Prepare For Success In The Planksgiving Challenge* This November, WFHTN Wellness Coordinator Laura Will Lead A Short Workout Focusing On Wrist Exercises Designed To Build Strength And Stability In The Entire Arm. (Please Be Sure To Fill Out This Waiver Before Participating: https://Stateoftennessee.Formstack.Com/Forms/Wfhtn_Liability_Waiver.)

Download Calendar Invite.

*Planksgiving Challenge!
Nov. 1-30

Do Planks And Give Thanks! Gradually Build Your Core Strength And Stability By Completing Planks For An Allotted Amount Of Time Provided On The Challenge Tracker. Can’t Hold A Plank The Designated Length Of Time? Do What You Can! There’s A Plank For All Fitness Levels – Even If You Have An Injury Or Limitation. See How To Do A Plank For Tips And Modifications. Five Participants Chosen At Random Will Win A Prize!

Visit Https://Stateoftennessee.Formstack.Com/Forms/Wfhtn_Planksgiving2022 To Sign Up To Join A Teams Chat With Fellow Plankers By Friday, Nov. 4!

You Can Access All Upcoming WFHTN Activities, Webinars, and Workouts At Https://Www.Tn.Gov/Wfhtn/Challenges/Wellness-Events.Html.

October 14, 2022

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Wear pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. Show your support, and send in your pink photos (with permission) to dcswellness.council@tn.gov.

Learn more about Breast Cancer Awareness Month: https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/wfhtn/documents/wfhtn_breast_cancer_awareness_oct_2021.pdf

Turkey and Bean Tostadas

Recipe of the Week

These Turkey and Bean Tostadas are a heart healthier option with turkey, black beans, and veggies!



Organize Your Workspace

Friday, Oct. 21 from 10-10:15 a.m. CT

You may not realize that chaos, clutter, and a lack of organization can cause us psychological stress that threatens our resiliency. Wellness Coordinator Lindsey will lead a short session to tidy up your personal workspace!

Download the calendar invite.

You can access all upcoming WFHTN activities, webinars, and workouts at https://www.tn.gov/wfhtn/challenges/wellness-events.html.

October 7, 2022

It's Not Too Late to Tackle Our October Wellness Calendar!


This 2-week Wellness Calendar (Oct. 3-14) provides tips and resources to help you care for yourself so you can care for others! Download your calendar HERE and/or sign-up for the optional challenge communications HERE. Tell us which activity was your favorite and participants chosen at random will win a prize!

Shred Your Stress Challenge

Join The Shred Your Stress Challenge!

Complete daily activities to help shred your stress! Visit https://www.tn.gov/wfhtn/challenges/wellness-events.html to sign up for the challenge communications by Friday, Oct. 14 and/or grab the Shred Your Stress calendar! (Click 'Challenges' to expand the menu.)

Five participants chosen at random will win a prize from WFHTN!

Bone & Joint Action Week is Oct. 12-20!

No bones about it, your bone health is important! Learn how to take care of your bones:

  1. Bone and Joint Health Webinar
    Thursday, October 13 from 1–1:30 p.m. CT
    Did you know that osteoporosis affects both men and women? It’s estimated that 10 million people over the age of 50 in the U.S. have osteoporosis. More than 43 million are at risk due to low bone mass. An estimated 58.5 million are doctor-diagnosed with arthritis. In this session, we’ll explore ways to maintain and strengthen bone mass as well as how to manage arthritis.
    Download the calendar invite.
  2. Bone Health Basics Handout

You can access all upcoming WFHTN activities, webinars, and workouts at https://www.tn.gov/wfhtn/challenges/wellness-events.html.

Spicy Edamame Dip

Recipe of the Week

This flavorful, protein-packed Spicy Edamame Dip is a healthful option to enjoy while watching the game! Add more fiber by using fresh veggies and/or whole-grain crackers as dippers.


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, economic, and emotional/psychological abuse.

Did you know?

  • 1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence.
  • In the United States, more than 10 million adults experience domestic violence annually.
  • On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines nationwide receive over 19,000 calls.
  • Research has shown that the non-abusing parent is often the strongest protective factor in the lives of children who are exposed to domestic violence.
  • Anyone can be an abuser. They come from all groups, all cultures, all religions, all economic levels, and all backgrounds. They can be your neighbor, your pastor, your friend, your child's teacher, a relative, a coworker -- anyone. It is important to note that the majority of abusers are only violent with their current or past intimate partners. One study found that 90% of abusers do not have criminal records and abusers are generally law-abiding outside the home.

Want to learn more?

Please join us for the following training session next week to impact domestic violence.

Safe and Together Model Overview Training 10/18/22 9:00 AM-4:00 PM CST

This one-day virtual experiential training is an introduction to, and overview of, the Safe & Together™ Model. It gives the foundation for domestic violence-informed practice by focusing on cross-cutting themes, perpetrator pattern-based approach, domestic violence-informed documentation, and holistic assessment of survivor strengths.

Training Resources:


If you need help for yourself, your family, or someone else in a domestic crisis, contact:

  • 911 for emergency assistance
  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-7233 or go to www.thehotline.org
  • Tennessee Statewide Domestic Violence Helpline 1-800-356-6767
  • The Tennessee Child Protective Services Hotline at 1-877-237-0004 or online at https://apps.tn.gov/carat/