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Project Diabetes

Project Diabetes Funding Cycle 2019-2022

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 overconsumption 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 2019 through 2022 are listed below.

Organization and Contact Person

County(ies) Served

Project Description

 

Benton County

 

Tracy Byrd

tracy.byrd@tn.gov

               

 

 

 

 

 

Benton

 

 

Sidewalk construction in areas of homes around the school to improve walkability of the town of Camden. Children 8 to 17 will be able to walk to school safely. Also, a Walking School Bus will be established to utilize the new sidewalks.

 

 

City of Cleveland

Brian Moran

bmoran@clevelandtn.go

                                               

 

 

 

 

Bradley

 

 

Creation of multimodal connectivity for the Blythe Oldfield community.  Community members will be able to safely walk/bike to Blythe-Bower Elementary School, Blythe-Bower Park, Family Resource Agency, Blythe-Oldfield Park, Bradley County Health Department & food retailers.

 

City of Kingsport Parks & Recreation

 

Robin DiMona

robindimona@kingsporttn.gov

 

 

Sullivan

 

 Renovation of a 30 year old high school track; addition of a play-ground, Basketball/pickle ball court at Lynn View Community Center.  Fitness programs for all ages will be implemented at the Lynn View Community Center as well.

 

City of Parsons

Sylvia Palmer

spspalmer9@gmail.com

 

Decatur

 

An active nature trail will be built around Parsons Regional Community Park with destination points, native plantings, signage and play equipment.

 

Knox County Health Department

Cheryl Hill

Cheryl.hill@knoxcounty.org

 

Knox

 

A Park Advisory Committee will be created to identify and engage at least 4 at-risk communities. Based on feedback, Knoxville County Health Department and Knoxville Parks & Recreation will implement built environment and park activation activities. The Nutrition Education Activity Training (N.E.A.T) school based programming will be enhanced. Knox County Health Department will assist one hospital with staff & resident breastfeeding education. Scholarships for lactation consultants will be awarded. Worksite wellness will be promoted by expanding the East TN Wellness Roundtable Gold recognition program.

 

Mountain Goat Trail Alliance

Patrick Dean

Patrick@mountaingoattrail.com

 

Grundy, Marion

 

 

 

 

Three miles of trail will be added to create 12 continuous miles of walking and biking infrastructure to the Mountain Goat Trail. The completed trail will pass through 7 towns in 3 counties & connect with 5 elementary schools.

 

University of Memphis 

Genae Strong

gdstrong@memphis.edu

                                                               

 

Shelby

Provide leadership to increase policies & practices that support breastfeeding. Create lactation rooms across both campuses & build a resource-rich website for breastfeeding assistance. Develop culturally and linguistically appropriate lactation curricula to increase number of lactation professionals. Establish an outpatient clinic to provide support, education materials and training.

 

Warren County Schools

Shannon Railling

raillings@warrencountyschools.com

 

Warren

 

Install a fitness center at Warren County Middle School in year 1 and a challenge/obstacle course recreation area in year 2.

 

 

Knox County Coordinated School Health

Ramona Dew

ramona.dew@knoxschools.org                                                

 

Knox

 

Install water stations in 32 schools and conduct a campaign to reduce student, faculty and staff sugar-sweetened beverage consumption.

 

Maury County Public Schools

Laurie Stanton

lstanton@mauryk12.org

 

 

Maury

 

Update school kitchens at E. A. Cox Middle School and Whitthorne to provide cooking and nutrition classes; install walking trails/tracks and improved outdoor space for middle school physical activity.

 

TDEC Healthy Parks/Healthy People

Ryan Jenkins

ryan.jenkins@tn.gov

                                                                                                                               

 

State-wide

 

Improve Healthy Parks/Healthy Person rewards app and park prescriptions to meet the needs of healthcare providers  based on their feedback. Hire a full-time Healthy Parks / Healthy Person director to create productive partnerships and facilitate an advisory group.

 

 

Van Buren County Government

Lindsey Mills

lmills@ucdd.org

 

 

Van Buren

 

Construction of a new downtown fitness center with an indoor track and fitness equipment. LED lighting will be added to seven existing walking tracks and playgrounds will be installed at 10 community centers.

 

Hancock County Schools

Janie Dalton

janie.dalton@hcsk12.com

 

 

 

               

                                               

 

 

 

Hancock

 

"Sqair Fitness Solutions" program offered to all students at Hancock Elementary and Middle School. An evening class will be offered parents and children. Portable disc golf baskets and ping pong tables will be purchased for middle and high school. Game skills and rules will be taught in physical education classes. Events will be scheduled to increase participation in physical activity.

 

 

Nourish Knoxville

 

Kimberly Pettigrew

 

outreach@nourishknoxville.org               

 

                                               

 

Anderson, Knox, Union & Hamblen

 

Double Up Food Bucks Program will train farmers markets & a farm store on the Double UP Food Bucks program and program sustainability. A walking program will be piloted at one of the farmers markets to incentivize patrons to walk for fruit & vegetable vouchers. Increase Farm to School actives and access to healthy, local foods and nutrition education among school-aged kids & families.

 

The Works, Inc.

 

Lyndsey Pender

 

lyndsey.pender@theworkscdc.org

                                               

 

 

Shelby

 

Develop a walking trail and open greenspace for in South Memphis. Renaissance Park will provide year-round programming. Programs will include the Memphis Walking Collective and the South Memphis Move Your Body Bootcamp. Bootcamp will offer yoga, Zumba & high-intensity interval training.

 

Jefferson County Schools

 

Tabetha Calangione       

 

tcolangione@jcboe.net

 

 

 

 

 

Jefferson

 

Project Grand Slam - Install 6 lighted tennis courts. Tennis will be included in physical education classes K-12. Two-bounce tennis club for the disabled.

 

University of Memphis

 

Genae Strong

 

gdstrong@memphis.edu

                                                               

 

 

Shelby, Madison

 

Provide leadership to increase policies and practices that support breastfeeding. Create lactation rooms across both campuses and build a resource-rich website related to breast-feeding. Develop culturally and linguistically appropriate lactation curricula to increase number of lactation professionals. Establish an outpatient clinic to provide support, education materials & training.

 

Town of Gainesboro

 

Lindsey Mills

 

lmills@ucdd.org

                                                                               

 

Jackson

 

Develop a public park with playground and pavilion located downtown. Renovate a building adjacent to the park for a new fitness center.  Walking track behind the Board of Education building.

 

McNairy Central High School

 

Brian Franks

 

franksb@mcnairy.org

                                                               

 

McNairy

 

Resurfacing of an existing 6 lane track and renovation a field house to provide an updated workout facility. Formation of physical activity clubs to utilize the new facilities.

 

City of Memphis

 

Amy Collier

 

amy.collier@memphistn.gov

                                                                                                               

 

 

Shelby

 

Hire a full-time parks activator to coordinate marketing, engagement, development of partnerships and programs for all ages. Neighborhood residents will be heavily engaged to provide feedback for park improvements and programs to foster a sense of ownership in the park. Parks include Southside, Chandler & Gaston.

 

City of Covington

 

Joe Mack

 

jmack@covingtontn.com

                                                               

 

Tipton

 

Develop a bicycle playground for kids 3-12 years old on the Newman property. Hire 1 full-time employee to manage park and teach kids how to ride safely.

 

Middle Tennessee State University

 

Cynthia Chafin

 

cynthia.chafin@mtsu.edu

                                                               

 

 

Rutherford

 

Health-focused materials in every freshmen orientation and/or welcome event packets, to include water bottles and a campaign to reduce sugar-sweetened beverage intake.  MTSU will partner with Student Health Services to promote healthy weight and incorporate beverage choice discussions as part of student healthcare provider appointment. Install 3 water stations per year in high traffic areas on campus. Partner with dining services to promote "Blue Raiders Drink Up" and healthy eating choices. Partner with UT extension to provide "Cooking Matters" classes for students living off campus.

 

City of Bolivar

 

Curtis Stack

 

curtis.stack.cityofbolivar@gmail.com

                                                               

 

 

Hardeman

 

Construct a walking trail around Sand Lot Lake. At the same site install a volleyball court, playground and water bottle refill station. Free fitness classes will be offered to the public.

 

 

Town of Monterey

 

Dawn Kupferer

 

montereyprojects@gmail.com

                                                               

 

Putnam

 

Phase 4 of a rails-to-trails project that will link Monterey and Cookeville with 19 miles of safe active transportation. The trail will link to elementary and high schools and include 4 crosswalks.

Organizations funded in Category B for 2019-2022 are listed below

 

Organization and Contact Person

County(ies) Served

Project Discerption

 

Carter County

Sonya Miller

sonyamiller@carterk12.net

 

Carter

Develop an after school initiative focusing on plant-based cooking, gardening and nutrition education. The  purchase of a Charlie Cart will allow for multiple locations.

City of Manchester Parks & Recreation

Bonnie Gamble

bgamble@cityofmanchestertn.com

Coffee

Expand Healthier Concessions to school athletic events and the creation of a healthy concessions policy for booster clubs. Outdoor adventure program for youth 11-15 years old.

City of Tullahoma

Winston Brooks

wbrooks@tullahomatn.gov

Coffee

Lighting for a basketball court in Silver Street Park.

Fayetteville City Schools

Carla Warden

wardenc@fcsboe.org

 

Lincoln

Install water stations in schools and conduct a campaign for students, faculty and staff to reduce sugar-sweetened beverages.

Knox County Schools

 

Ramona Dew

 

Ramona.dew@knoxschools.org

 

Knox

Install 32 water stations in middle and high schools in Knox County and conduct a campaign to reduce sugar-sweetened beverage consumption in students, faculty and staff.

 

LeBonheur Community Outreach

Nichole Reed

nichole.reed@lebonheur.org

 

Shelby

Skills for Nutrition and Culinary Knowledge (SNACK) program for youth 6-18 years old at risk for pre-diabetes/diabetes. Participants will work with recipes at the estimated allotment of SNAP benefits. Garden education will be included through a partnership with Memphis Tilth.

Lewis County Board of Education

Sasha Powers

spowers@lewisk12.org

 

Lewis

Install water stations and conduct a campaign for the students, faculty and staff to reduce the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages.

McBurg Community Center

Betty Cochrane

Betty2232@gmail.com

 

Lincoln

Purchase equipment for dance and exercise classes. Funds will be used to pay class instructors and for marketing the new farmers market.

 

Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation, Inc.

Tory Daughrity 

tdaughrity@hcmc-tn.org

 

Henry

Read & Ride bikes will be placed in schools and public library. Water stations in public parks. Inmate garden project will be enhanced. Sidewalk repairs throughout Henry County.

 

Polk County Health Council

Donna Calhoun

dcalhou1@utk.edu

 

Polk

“Girls On The Run” - trained coaches will lead small teams through research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event.

Trousdale County Schools

Kathy Atwood

kathyatwood@tcschools.org     

 

Trousdale

Before and after school physical activity programs will be developed. Afternoon nutrition classes will be provided including a Rethink Your Drink campaign to encourage a decrease in the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages.

 

University of Tennessee Health Science Center

 

Susan Warner

 

Swarner13@uthsc.edu

 

Shelby

Culinary Medicine Program - medical school education to teach evidence-based nutrition, core culinary skills, mindfulness and behavior modification using the principles of culinary medicine.