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Working for a Healthier Tennessee Celebrates Sixth Year

Friday, July 26, 2019 | 02:24pm

Nashville, Tenn. – The sixth annual Working for a Healthier Tennessee (WFHT) awards celebration was held July 24, 2019, in Nashville. Trophies were presented to state departments for wellness challenges and competitions, and one department was named the annual Overall Wellness Council Award winner.

The Working for a Healthier Tennessee initiative is the workplace wellness program for State of Tennessee employees. In the sixth year of the program, wellness council volunteer employees help plan and monitor wellness activities for their departments. The annual event celebrates wellness council accomplishments, and highlights individual employee success stories that have been captured throughout the year.

Awards were given for overall well-being, physical activity, healthy eating and tobacco cessation. Pictures of the award-winning Wellness Councils and members with Finance and Administration’s Deputy Commissioner Eugene Neubert are located here: https://www.tn.gov/wfhtn/annual-celebration.html   

A list of the state department award winners are as follows:

Overall 2019 Wellness Council Champions
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Well-being Activities
Division A: Human Services
Division B: Agriculture
Division C: Financial Institutions

Physical Activities
Div. A: Human Services
Div. B: Agriculture
Div. C: Military

Healthy Eating
Div. A: Correction
Div. B: Finance and Administration
Div. C: Financial Institutions

Tobacco Cessation
Div. A: Health
Div. B: Revenue
Div. C: Military

All-Department Physical Activity Challenge Champions
Labor & Workforce Development

Top Individuals in the All-Department Challenge were all from TennCare:

1.       Jason Bradley

2.       Elizabeth Harland

3.       Elizabeth Bendell

Most Improved Wellness Council
Children’s Services

Most Creative Wellness Council
Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services

Regional & AWS Engagement Awards
Div. A: Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Div. B: Finance and Administration
Div. C: Financial Institutions

Three-time Monthly Fun Fact Champion
Denise Galben from Human Services

About Working for a Healthier Tennessee
The Working for a Healthier Tennessee initiative is the workplace wellness program for State of Tennessee employees. Working for a Healthier Tennessee provides each department in the State of Tennessee with the tools and support they need to encourage and enable their employees to lead healthier lives for years to come by focusing on three key areas: physical activity, healthy eating and tobacco cessation. The initiative creates a healthy, positive workplace and shows how taking small steps can help employees achieve their larger goals.

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