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Project Diabetes

Project Diabetes Funding Cycle 2016-2019


Project Diabetes is a state-funded initiative administered by Tennessee Department of Health.  Grants are awarded to community partners with a focus on reducing overweight and obesity as risk factors for the development of diabetes. Grant activities are geared toward interventions that are applied before there is any evidence of disease.

Currently funded projects were required to draw upon the prevention goals and strategies identified in the report Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention:  Solving the Weight of the Nation issued by the National Academy of Medicine, formally known as the Institute of Medicine. Priorities for this funding cycle focus on the first two goals of the report:

Goal 1:  Make physical activity an integral and routine part of life.

    Objective: Increase physical activity by fostering supportive policies and environments.

Strategy 1-1:  Enhance the physical and built environment.

Strategy 1-2:  Provide and support community programs designed to increase physical activity.

Strategy 1-3:  Adopt physical activity requirements for licensed child care providers.

Communities, transportation officials, city planners, health professionals, and governments should make promotion of physical activity a priority by substantially increasing access to places and opportunities for such activity.

Goal 2: Create food and beverage environments that ensure that healthy food and beverage options are the routine, easy choice.    

     Objective:  Increase access to healthy foods by fostering supportive policies and environments.

Strategy 2-1:  Adopt policies and implement practices to reduce over consumption of sugar- sweetened beverages.

Strategy 2-2:  Increase the availability of lower-calorie and healthier food/ beverage options for children in restaurants.

Strategy 2-3:  Utilize strong nutritional standards for all foods and beverages sold or provided through the government, and ensure that these healthy options are available in all places frequented by the public.

 Strategy 2-4:  Introduce, modify, and utilize health-promoting food and beverage retailing and distribution policies.

Strategy 2-5:  Promote breastfeeding friendly environments.

Governments and decision makers in the business community/private sector should make a concentrated effort to reduce unhealthy food and beverage options and substantially increase healthier food and beverage options at affordable, competitive prices.


There are two levels of Project Diabetes funding. Category A grants are funded for up to 3 years for a maximum amount of $150,000 per year. Category B grants are funded for up to 2 years for a maximum amount of $15,000 per year.

Organizations funded in category A for 2016 through 2019 are listed below.

Organization and Contact Person Served Project Description


Benton County Schools





Donna Moore



Purchase equipment for student fitness center at Camden Jrunior High School. Extension of walking track at Briarwood School. Outdoor and indoor fitness equipment for community use in Big Sandy. Connect city schools in Camden with sidewalks. Tennis court and basketball goals to be installed in Holladay. Kayaks for Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park. Exercise equipment to a church in a disproportionately affected population.



Memphis Tilth




Carole Colter




Community kitchen, community gardens, vocational culinary education and workshops will be offered in a low-income, “food desert” community in Memphis. Fresh, local produce will be offered through the SNAP Double Green$  program.


City of Kingsport Parks & Recreation


Robin DiMona





Borden City Park - walking trails, water bottle refill stations, and age-appropriate playgrounds will enhance the 18- acre park.


City of Parsons




Sylvia Palmer



An ADA compliant play space for ages 5-12 and an additional play space with equipment for ages 2-5 years will be installed in Parsons Regional Park. Also, fitness equipment for all abilities 13 & up. Provide & support community programs to increase physical activity.


City of Tullahoma


Winston Brooks



Greenway extension connecting schools & neighborhoods to playgrounds, community center, grocery stores & fitness equipment.



Cocke County School System



Rita McNabb





“Project Healthier Us” - Playground equipment and professional development for physical education instructors to implement the Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program.



Giles County Schools







Amy McGowan



Install a walking track at Southside School to connect to the city walking track. Tracks will also be installed at Giles County High School and Elkton School. Four schools will be equipped with recumbent bikes for the “Read & Ride” program. Equipment for a fitness lab at Bridgeforth School will be purchased. The “Sqair Fitness” program will be implemented in all 8 schools and “Drum Alive” fitness program will be implemented in 3 elementary schools.


Greeneville City Schools




Jeannie Woolsey



Improve and expand playground equipment and install 2 walking tracks at middle and high school buildings. Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program training for PE teachers and purchase supporting PE equipment. Training and supplies for before & after school programs. Promote drinking water instead of sugar sweetened beverages.


Knox County Health Department





Cheryl Hill



Worksite wellness mini-grants. Breastfeeding policy for city & county human resource departments. Assistance to Knoxville hospitals in their efforts to improve breastfeeding policy to achieve Baby Friendly, USA designation. Establish nutrition and physical activity policy in the child care & after school program settings through N.E.A.T. or Nutrition Education Activity Training program.  Safe Route to School & the walking school bus programs.


McBurg Community Center



Betty Cochrane




Install a walking track with lighting, walking clubs for the community, water fountains, signage and a pavilion for farmers market. Host at least one farmers market per month. Nutrition & produce preserving classes will be offered.


Mountain Goat Trail Alliance



Patrick Dean


Grundy, Marion


Complete construction of 2.5- mile walking/biking trail linking a total of 13 miles of trail through Tracy City, Monteagle and Sewanee. Cross-country teams at Grundy County & University of the South to work with elementary school run clubs. Walking clubs in Grundy. 5K run clubs at 5 elementary schools.



Murfreesboro City Schools


Meri-Leigh Smith



Farm to School Program – produce from 5 school greenhouses will go to school cafeterias. School gardening teams for grades 4 – 6. Raised bed gardens at 12 schools for education. Children & families learn about healthy eating and farm to school practices.


Shelby Farms Conservancy







Natalie Wilson








Install outdoor fitness equipment, increase the number of senior homes engaged in physical activity. Subsidize all Get Outside! fitness programs in the park then sustain programs with corporate sponsorships. Serve at least one school in 12 at-risk zip codes in increasing physical activity. Will reach 30 of the 50 schools without access to parks to bring them to park for physical activity.


Sumner County Board of Education




Cody Shipley



Install walking tracks at 11 elementary schools. Conduct running clubs in every elementary and middle school. Install 64 water bottle refill stations and provide education to decrease consumption of sugar sweetened beverages.



TN Clean Water Network



Kimberly Pettigrew


Bledsoe, Hardeman & McNairy

Installation of water bottle refill stations in 22 schools in Bledsoe, Hardeman & McNairy Counties. The evidence-based “Sodabriety” campaign will be implemented in all 22 schools to encourage a decrease in sugar sweetened beverage consumption.


TN State Parks Run Clubs


Heather Spiva



Expand middle school run clubs from 12 to 24 in TN State Parks throughout the state. Each run club will establish a new 1 to 2 mile running trail at their park in the first year. There will also be educational camps on running, running events and 4 regional events.


Town of Livingston




Jill Hale 



Central Park Project - walking track, splash pad, & playground. Playground for public housing community. Programs -Tai Chi, Dining with Diabetes, Diabetes Self-Management Class.




U.S. Healthful Food Council



Nikkole Turner



Eat REAL TN food establishment certification expanded to Chattanooga, Murfreesboro and Clarksville. Partner with Healthier TN to work with all communities working towards Healthier TN status.


Warren County Schools


Shannon Railling



“Bike While Reading” Program in 14 - 6th grade classrooms & 2 gymnasiums for over 300 6th grade students.


Wayne County Board of Education


Lynn Warren



Install 2 tennis courts - teaching tennis in PE. Bike trails, outdoor volleyball court, 9 - hole disc golf course - Bike club, teaching rules of volleyball & disc golf - Install greenhouse.

Organizations funded in category B for 2016 through 2018 are listed below.


County(ies) Served

Project Description


Alcoa City Schools




Kelly Gallemore



Create and enhance walking clubs in all schools, create a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP) throughout all schools. Integrate nutrition education into all aspects of the CSPAP initiative. Teach and promote practical ways to improve healthy eating for students and staff.


Baptist Memorial  Hospital Foundation


Nina Smothers





Install walking track around hospital in Huntingdon.


Big Ridge State Park


Keith Montgomery





Install fitness equipment in close proximity to children’s play structures so parents may exercise while in sight of their children at play during year 1. In year 2 more fitness equipment will be installed in a scenic area away from the playground.


Boys & Girls Club of the Ocoee Region

Wyatt Bevis




Develop a multi-purpose playing field. Conduct Triple Play & Healthy Habits classes to be required for each child.



City of Manchester Parks & Recreation



Bonnie Gamble





Bike club for middle school students. Purchase bikes & helmets. One annual long-distance ride for bike club members. All participants will have two six- week sessions on nutrition. Healthy concessions policy to decrease sugar-sweetened beverage & junk food consumption.



Roane County School System - Dyllis Springs School


Jeanne Armstrong




Walking track, wellness & walking classes for students in grades 3-5. Grant will pay student entry fees for area fun runs.



Giles County Schools – LEAPS  After School Program


April Sakowicz





Provide “Read & Ride” program for 15 minutes/day for all students. Will purchase a total of 60 bikes.


Henry County School System –Harrelson School

Susan Burton




Install a half mile track at Harrelson School in Puryear.



Maury County Public Schools


Laurie Stanton





Funds will be used to decrease barriers to participating in existing county-wide run clubs. Schools will apply for funding with their plan to use funds to increase participation.



Monroe County Board of Education


Lacey Mason






“Monroe in Motion” – before and after school fitness classes.



Smith County Schools - New Middleton School PALS


April Williamson






Install walking track and exercise stations. Conduct walk/run groups.


Oneida Special School District


Melinda McCartt





Build track around soccer field. Strengthen policy to prohibit unhealthy food at classroom parties, promote healthy fundraisers & increase breakfast participation.


Polk County Health Council


Joyce Clem




Install walking track at Frank Hammons Memorial Park. Conduct walking clubs.



Sports 4 All Foundation



Allie Holmes






Education and practices for decreasing sugar-sweetened beverage  consumption among Project Health participants, increase Project Health locations (fitness classes for people with disabilities), social media marketing campaign on decreasing sugar-sweetened beverage consumption, dietetic interns to hold 4 nutrition education classes for “Project Health”.


Van Buren County Board of Education


Kelly Lewis



Van Buren



Install walking track, conduct walking clubs and nutrition education.


Wayne County Board of Education


Lynn Warren




Install outdoor fitness equipment and a 9-hole disc golf course at Waynesboro Sportsplex, teach rules of disc golf & host free clinics.