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Title: Enjoy Our Good Nature

Tennessee Healthy Lifestyles
  • Enjoy Our Good Nature!

Learning Objectives
  • 1. Participants will identify successful
    partnerships and programs happening among all
    levels of government that have made a difference
    in the health and well-being of their citizens.
  • 2. Participants will recognize different methods
    of delivering programs and initiatives related to
    health and the nature-child reconnection and show
    measurable benefits of those programs.
  • 3. Upon completion of the session, participants
    will be able to implement similar programs and
    initiatives in their own state or agency.

  • Do Todays Kids Have a Nature Deficit Disorder?
  • Walking for fitness How to trim your waistline,
    improve your health
  • Leave No Child Inside!
  • The Obesity Crisis What's it all about?
  • Obesity Epidemic "Astronomical"
  • 10 Ways to Lose Weight Without Dieting
  • Simple changes to your lifestyle can help you
    lose weight and keep it off.

Couple of my favorites
Needs Identification
  • Shift away from nature-based recreation
  • Trends in Nature-based Recreation Dr. Ken
  • Outdoor Recreation in America stats
  • 2000-2004 NSRE general overview stats and
  • Children and Nature 2008 A Report on the
    Movement to Reconnect Children to the Natural

Needs Identification
  • The health of our citizens obesity crisis,
    nutrition but not just these - all public
    health-related issues smoking, abuse of
    drugs/alcohol, etc.
  • Safe Kids are becoming Fat Kids one in six
    children in America is obese, and many of them
    will face a lifetime of chronic illness.
  • Stats for TN and the nation obesity, diabetes,
    heart disease, etc.

Why is it important?
  • Conservation, outdoor recreation and
    health/nutrition issues are tied directly to
    quality of life.
  • These issues have been neglected by many levels
    of government but we are now experiencing Code
    Red status because of alarming stats and studies
    and public parks and recreation agencies are
    expected to do something about it.
  • Its hitting home because its about kids and we
    cause people to think of the future in terms of
    our kids.

...and, What are we doing about it?
  • Local governments are taking the lead
    successful programs and partnerships
  • Several state initiatives in Tennessee and other
    states are guiding the movement
  • Provide examples of both Health/Fitness and
    Outdoor Recreation, and how some efforts tie the
    two together
  • Share benefits of implementing some of these
    successful strategies

Local Government Efforts in Tennessee
  • Chattanooga Active Living Summit
  • Knox County NEAT Program
  • Outdoor Chattanooga
  • Walking Works for Schools Blue Cross Blue
  • Walk From Obesity - Alcoa, TN Nashville, TN
  • Community Nashville Walk as One
  • Good To Go Germantown Wellness Coalition

Chattanooga Active Living SummitA Global
PerspectiveApril 25 26, 2008
  • Mission
  • Improve the Chattanooga regions health by
    integrating sound policy, programs, resources,
    services, and messages where individuals,
    children, and families make healthy choices about
    active living.

Active Living Summit GoalsActive living is an
integral part of daily life for everyone
  • To convene and network Greater Chattanooga area
    active living professionals and policy makers
  • To increase the capacity of participants to
    integrate evidence-based strategies at the
    informational, behavioral, social, and
    environmental/ policy levels to promote and
    support active living
  • To identify active living strategies affecting
    Greater Chattanooga residents and their families
    where they live, work, and learn.
  • Guiding Principles
  • The actions are consumer-focused and
    community-based targeting the strengths, assets,
    and community involvement in determining
    priorities and how to address them.
  • The cultural competency of individuals and
    organizations participating in the planning and
    implementing of strategies within the community
    is critical for success.
  • Active living is defined broadly to include
    Healthy People 2010 objectives and increased
    moderate physical activity and reduced sedentary

  • Summit Objectives
  • Understand the relationship between physical
    activity/active living and health outcomes from a
    global/international perspective
  • Make use of public health data and scientific
    information as tools in developing and
    prioritizing community-based active living
  • Make use of evidence-based and promising practice
    methods for implementing community-based physical
    activity interventions and communicating physical
    activity messages
  • Understand Active Living principles applied to
    specific settings and people
  • Understand and establish an active living
    coalition of leadership for community-based
    active living interventions in the Greater
    Chattanooga area

  • Victor Keihan Rodrigues Matsudo,MD
  • Was the key note speaker and main presenter, who
    is a physician with specialty training in
    orthopedics, traumatology, and sports medicine.
    Dr. Matsudo is a Professor of Medicine with the
    University Gama Filho in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
    Since 1974 he has been associated with and is
    the current President of Physical Fitness
    Research at the Centerof São Caetano do Sul
    CELAFISCS, where he alsoserves as the Director
    of Biologic Science in the Municipal Institute
    of Education - IMES São Caetano do Sul São

The Summit CornerstonesWith Strategies
  • ACCESS Assure access to facilities, programs,
    and locations to engage in active living.
  • COLLABORATION Promote active living by
    maximizing collaboration and partnerships.
  • COMMUNICATIONS Promote health and create
    awareness of the investment value of active
    living through effective communications.

Knoxville/Knox County NEAT Program
  • Nutrition Education Activity Training Program
  • Grant Period July 1 2008- June 30, 2009

Knoxville/Knox County NEAT
  • According to a 2005-2006 study in Knox County,
    39 of Knox County children and youth ages 4 to
    15 are overweight or obese. A partnership was
    developed among Knoxville City Parks and
    Recreation Department, Tennessee Nutrition
    Consumer Education Program (TNCEP), and Knox
    County Health Department
  • Target Population The NEAT programs target
    population is youth, ages 6-12 years old in
    predominantly lower income and underserved areas
    of Knoxville, Tennessee. The program will reach
    twelve after-school sites, serving approximately
    700 children. Secondary audience includes
    600-1400 family members, 20-50 staff, and 50-200
    additional youth.
  • Goal To educate and promote healthy eating
    behaviors among youth in Knoxville Parks and
    Recreation centers.

NEAT Program Objectives
  • 1.1 By December 2008, at least 75 of the target
    population will report an increase in their
    knowledge on healthy eating.
  • 1.2 By December 2008, at least 50 of the target
    population will report an increase in their fruit
    and vegetable consumption by 25.
  • 1.3 By December 2008, at least 75 of the target
    population will report an increase in their
    physical activity, as reported by center leaders

Evaluation Plan
  • Pre- and post-test in frequency and duration of
    physical activity per center leaders.
  • Pre- and post-food frequency questionnaire for
    nutrition education.
  • Pre- and post- survey assessing nutrition

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  • MissionBy promoting outdoor recreation as a
    signature lifestyle, Outdoor Chattanooga strives
    to increase tourism, bring new residents to the
    community, protect our natural resources, and
    enhance the health and well-being of citizens and
    visitors alike.

  • Health Care/Governors Council on Physical Fitness
    and Health Initiatives
  • BlueCross WalkingWorks for Schools was created to
    teach children in grades K-5 the benefits of
    proper exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle
    and to curb the growing trend of childhood
    obesity. Participants are asked to walk at least
    five minutes each school day (prefer ten) for a
    period of 12 weeks each semester.
  • Teachers play an integral role in the success of
    BlueCross WalkingWorks for Schools. You are the
    on-the-ground leaders in taking steps for
    Tennessee's youth.

  • What incentives does the program offer?
  • Each student gets a "WalkingWorks" wristband to
    wear during the program.
  • Teachers can download student achievement
    certificates for those who complete the program.
  • Classrooms that reach participation goals can
    earn pedometers for each student.
  • Schools that reach participation goals are
    honored as "Extra Mile Schools" and earn a banner
    to recognize their efforts
  • Supplemental materials based on Tennessees
    Healthful Living Curriculum Standards can be used
    to further educate students about healthy living.
  • Tennessees 19 Healthful Living Curriculum
    Standards introduce students to the basic
    knowledge and skills needed to establish healthy
    living habits.

  • 2006-2007 School Year
  • 377 schools
  • 165,000 students
  • 68 of 95 counties represented
  • 100 made walking part of their daily classroom
  • 75 walked more than 5 minutes each day

  • 2006-2007 Survey Results
  • After walking at least five minutes a day for 12
    weeks each semester, teachers reported which of
    the following in their students?
  • Increased energy
  • Weight loss
  • Greater attention span
  • Improved behavior in the classroom
  • All of the above
  • Of the reported improvements, which do you think
    was the most widely noticed among teachers?
  • 80.2 saw physical changes in students

  • Non-Profit/Community Initiatives
  • Purpose In September and October in cities
    across the United States, individuals affected by
    obesity, their family members and friends,
    healthcare professionals and many others come
    together and proudly walk to raise awareness of
    the disease of obesity, childhood obesity and
    morbid obesity in the annual Walk from Obesity.
  • Funds generated from the event support the ASMBS
    Foundation and its research and professional
    education initiatives, and the patient and
    general public educational and advocacy programs
    of the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC).
  • Walk Date Saturday, October 4, 2008Walk
    Location Blount Memorial Wellness Center at
    Springbrook Park - Alcoa, TN

  • Nashville Walk From Obesity Event

  • If you would like to organize a walk in your
  • Please complete the 2009 application and
    agreement for event participation (Adobe .pdf
    document and mail it to
  • Walk from Obesity100 SW 75th Street, Suite
    201Gainesville, FL 32607
  • Applications must be received by April 30, 2009.
  • The Walk Committee Guide (Adobe .pdf document.
    provides detailed information about organizing a
    Walk from Obesity event.

  • Faith-based Initiatives
  • 6th Annual Walk As One
  • Saturday, October 4, 2008 - Centennial Park
  • Join CommunityNashville on Saturday, October 4,
    2008 in beautiful Centennial Park for the Sixth
    Annual Walk As One event. Over 1200 walkers are
    expected to come together for a spectacular day
    of unity and community! Entertainment and warm-up
    celebrities will welcome you, breakfast snacks
    and beverages will energize you and friends, and
    visits with neighbors and friends will inspire
    you. Let's "Walk As One" to fight bias, bigotry
    and racism and promote respect and understanding
    among all people.
  • CommunityNashville, founded in 1927 as The
    National Conference of Christians and Jews, is a
    human relations organization dedicated to
    fighting bias, bigotry and racism.
    CommunityNashville promotes understanding and
    respect among all races, religions and cultures
    through advocacy and education.

  • Heavenly Bodies Fitness Meets Faith at the Gym
  • Faithful Say Prayer Does the Body Good
  • Body by God is not the only program of its
    kind. "What Would Jesus Eat," "The Prayer Diet"
    and "The Hallelujah Diet" are other popular
    titles aimed at devout Christians who want to
    keep body and soul together.

At the Lord's Gym, scripture inspires workout
participants. (ABCNEWS.com)
  • Planned Activities
  • Five-day backpacking expedition (approximately
    20 miles, loss and gain of 9000 elevation)
  • Six-hour horseback trail ride
  • Challenge Course low and high elements,
    Zip-line, Giant Swing
  • Paintball
  • Summit Attempt Latir Peakin Northern NM,
    elevation 12,723
  • Chavez Recreation Center activities ice
    skating, swimming, racquetball, basketball,
    fitness center
  • Rock climbing and rappelling
  • Frisbee golf
  • If you are a student, 15-18 years old, we invite
    you to join us in this premier event which will
    include expedition backpacking, rock-climbing,
    challenge course elements, horseback
    trail-riding, and many more exciting activities.
    Interwoven throughout the activities will be
    lessons that pertain to todays students, focused
    on leadership, communication, relationships and
    good health. Most important will be Godly
    encouragement provided by the staff, their
    example as Christ-followers, and the spiritual
    emphasis that will accompany every aspect of the
    program. This will be an experience unmatched by
    any other.

Local Examples Benefits/Impacts
  • .
  • Resource Guide
  • Please email us a short description (no more than
    50 words) of the products, services, programs or
    initiatives that your business/organization/schoo
    l/church provides to support community wellness.
    This information will help create a database of
    resources for Germantown citizens.
  • Fitness Germantown Athletic Club offers more
    than 70 fitness classes to members each week.
    Members are invited to enjoy these group fitness
    opportunities at no extra charge.
  • Ab Lab Boot Camp BLT (Buns, Legs and Thighs)
    Cardio Fusion Cardio Jr. Cycling Kickboxing
    Kidz Fit Level 2 Yoga Sunrise Yoga Mat
    Pilates Open Yoga Switch Step Silver Sneakers
    Cardio Circuit Step and Sculpt Silver Sneakers
    MSROM Total Body Sculpt TurboKick Zumba
    Deep and Shallow Water Aerobics One-on-One
    Personal Training GroupTraining Jazzercise
    Taekwondo Reformer Pilates

  • Murfreesboro Half Marathon
  • The 13-mile run is held each fall for both
    walkers and runners as well as a 1-mile youth fun
    run. Leading up to the race, several training
    groups are formed, including a parks and
    recreation group.
  • Fit For Success
  • All city employees are eligible for a discounted
    membership to Patterson and SportsCom.
    Essentially, the membership is free and the
    employee pays the tax amount only. In addition
    to the membership and as an added incentive,
    after 25 hours of exercise, the employee receives
    a free Body Assessment to track their progress.

State/Multi-level Examples
State Initiatives
  • Tennessee State Parks
  • Running Tour
  • BRAT Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee
  • National Trails Day events
  • Virtual Hikes
  • Inner city program

State Initiatives
  • Tennessee State Parks
  • Earth Day service projects
  • Spring Star Party
  • Butterfly Garden celebration
  • YCC
  • Summer Vacation Fun on less than a Tank of Gas!

Warriors Path State Park Boundless Playground
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  • To provide the NE Tennessee/SW Virginia region a
    fully integrated, universally accessible
    playground that currently does not exist across
    our entire region.
  • Play matters!
  • Physical, mental, sensory social development
  • Importance of creating atmosphere of acceptance
    and understanding
  • The Boundless Playground at Warriors Path will
    address the intellectual, physical, emotional and
    social needs of all children, including children
    with physical, sensory, learning and
    developmental disabilities.
  • The Boundless play area and the surrounding
    walking trails, full accessible treehouse and
    maze with interactive stations will be an
    inviting place where diverse groups in our
    community will meet for social, recreational and
    intergenerational interaction.

  • Anticipated Outcomes
  • To create NEW programming opportunities for
    community organizations that serve children with
    special needs
  • To provide new community-based recreational
    therapy opportunities for patients at area
    rehabilitation centers and
  • To provide recreational therapists a location for
    inpatient and outpatient therapy.
  • Special Education teachers need more locations
    for community outings.
  • Elementary school teachers already take classes
    to Warriors Path for environmental educational
  • The new, inclusive play area would increase the
    programming options offered by the Park and
    provide a place where all students could interact
    and have fun playing together.

Darrells Dream A Boundless Playground
Barge Waggoner, Sumner Cannon- Project
J A Street Associates General Contractor
Lions Club Braille Trial 5' Accessible
Perimeter Pathway with Themed, interactive
exhibits. Designed for the sighted and sight
impaired child to utilize their senses.
Newly expanded Parking Lot
BAE Systems Dramatic Entrance
Food City Ed Moore Alpha Play Environment
Grouping (PEG) (Ages 2-5)Looping Branching
Open Grass Areas
Tot Swings
Special Surfacing to allow children to
navigate the play areas
Charter Communications Picnic Pavilion w/Storage
Crawling Through, Slide, Riding Animals,
Wooden Foot Bridge
Bristol Motor Speedway Speedway Childrens
Charities Beta Play Environment Grouping (PEG)
Branching Planning (Ages 2-12)
Year Round Restrooms Fully accessible
specially designed.
Picnic Area
Tunnel, Digging Toys, Sound Maker, Sensory Area,
Moveable Parts, Building, Digging Dirt, Exploring
King Pharmaceutical Sway Fun Wheel Chair
Accessible Swing
Mountain States Health Alliance Gamma Play
Environment Grouping (PEG) (Ages 5-12) Planning
Eastman Chemical Company Landscape MAZE
w/Interactive stations - Alternative development
areas designed to complement playground
equipment - such as a Puppet Theatre, Council
Ring, Art Wall, Nature Wall, Sensory Garden,
Cubbies, Giant Xylophone, Cabin Swing, Vine
Tunnel, etc.
Swings Ages 5-12
Rock Climbing Wall, "Fort Tri-Cities", Swinging
Bridge, Bouncing, Slide, "On Top Of The World",
Monkey Bars, Jumping, Vistas, Hideaways
Landscape Plan throughout complex to feature
trees, shrubs, plants, wildflowers, herbs
indigenous to area.
Fully Accessible Tree House Phase
II Construction to begin 2007
General Shale Interactive Exhibit
Warriors Path State Park Tri-Cities Tennessee/
a-MAZE-ing Play Outdoor Environmental Classroom
Darrells Dream Braille Trail
Themed after the Chronicles of Narnia The Lion
The Witch and The Wardrobe
A Fully Accessible TreehouseAn accessible
treehouse will provide a memorable experience
for everyone. The treehouse will be designed for
children and young adults with special needs who
are routinely confronted with barriers to fun and
play in their daily lives. An accessible
treehouse will remove these obstacles, bringing
people of all abilities together and closer to
Coming in 2009
Tennessee Department of Health -
  • Team TN
  • Physical Fitness
  • Kids Health
  • Get Fit Outdoors in Tennessee Parks
  • Nutrition
  • General Health
  • Health and Fitness Tracker

Get Fit in the Park!
  • Get Fit in the Park held on September 27, 2008 in
    Montgomery Bell State Park - a joint event
    between Get Fit Tennessee and the Tennessee
    Department of Environment and Conservation on
    National Public Lands Day.

Get Fit Tennessee!
  • The Get Fit Tennessee team helped raise awareness
    about health issues related to obesity on
    Saturday, September 20, during the annual Walk
    from Obesity event held at Centennial Park in

Get Fit Tennessee!
  • For the second consecutive year, members of the
    Get Fit Tennessee Team joined country music star
    and TeamTN member Darryl Worley at the seventh
    annual Tennessee River Run on September 13 at
    Pickwick Landing State Park in West Tennessee.

Tennessee Department of Health
Tennessee Women Encouraged to Consider their
  • -during National Womens Health Week. The
    Tennessee Dept. of Health and U.S. Dept. of
    Health and Human Services Office on Womens
    Health joined together in May, 2008, to celebrate
    National Womens Health Week.
  • Its Your Time Get Inspired, Get Healthy!
  • Annual Report The Health of Tennessees Women

Other States
  • NH Children in Nature Coalition
  • Improve physical and emotional health and
  • Increase understanding of and care for the
    natural world
  • Promote stronger connections to community and
  • and to providing a forum for continued

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Tennessee Wildlife Federation
  • Great Outdoors University youth outdoor
    experience program of TWF. Mission is to connect
    kids with the great outdoors in meaningful,
    life-changing and lasting ways.

Team Green Middle TNs ONLY Adventure Club!
  • Team Green is Lightning 100's commitment to
    uniting listeners with the outdoors by sponsoring
    and implementing organized adventures,
    educational expeditions, and service to the
  • www.teamgreenonline.com

  • Adopt population-based prevention strategies -
    such as environmental changes
  • Build walkable communities w/sidewalks, bike
    paths and outdoor lighting
  • Provide access to recreation centers schools
    for physical activity after hours, especially in
    winter months
  • Ensure convenient access to stairways in buildings

  • Policy Changes
  • Require healthy food choices at worksites,
    schools and in vending machines
  • Allow time for physical activity during the work
  • Require daily physical activity in K-12 schools
  • Allocate funding that supports physical activity
    (safe sidewalks, parks, walking trails,
    educational campaigns)

  • Form a Coalition/Partnership/Task Force
    representing health, education, community
    planning and environmental/conservation concerns
  • Hold a Summit or Forum
  • Identify existing programs and resources
  • Identify barriers to increasing these
  • Brainstorm possible strategies to address
  • State Recreation Plans SCORPS Other Community

Inventory Your Community!
  • Public Health agencies
  • State Parks and/or other State Agencies
  • Private Non-profit organizations, clubs and/or
  • Businesses aligned with your mission
  • Schools/Colleges/Universities
  • Hospitals and Nutrition Centers
  • Local governments
  • Marketing and Media
  • Neighborhood associations

    health innovator and pediatrician Dr. Richard
    Jackson, this two-hour PBS documentary and
    national outreach initiative will help to inform
    the American public's understanding about the
    beneficial and deleterious relationship between
    the built environment in which we live and the
    country's overall public health.

  • This multi-hour PBS series and community outreach
    effort, hosted by Dr. Irwin Redlener, co-founder
    of the Children's Health Fund, will focus on the
    current state of physical, emotional, and
    psychological health of our nation's children. It
    will examine the conditions and circumstances
    that affect the quality of life and health of
    our children, and highlight best practice
    solutions from around the country.

Federal National Park Service
  • Welcome to the monthly newsletter that brings you
    creative solutions for connecting parks,
    communities, young people, and nature. We
    welcome your feedback.

Benefits Impacts
  • Long-term environmental/conservation support and
  • Brings many levels of government together to
    double the impact and reduce costs
  • Decreases duplication
  • Positions the agencies involved to be eligible
    for more grants/funding sources
  • Inter-generational atmosphere is encouraged or
  • Creates a new mind-set with young people today
    about the importance of being well and being in
    nature (education creates lifestyle changes)

  • It is in playing outdoors, seeking the direction
    of the windthat we honor our good nature.
  • -Anne B. Marshall

Contact Information
  • Mark Tummons, CPRP
  • Director, Recreation Services Division
  • Tennessee Dept. of Environment Conservation
  • Mark.Tummons_at_state.tn.us
  • (615) 532-0748
  • Anne Marshall, CPRP
  • Special Projects Manager Recreation Services
  • Tennessee Dept. of Environment Conservation
  • Anne.Marshall_at_state.tn.us
  • (423) 854-5471
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