Gov. Haslam awards West Tenn. cities as ‘Healthier’ communities

JACKSON, Tenn. — Gov. Bill Haslam and the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness CEO Richard Johnson designated four West Tennessee communities as Healthier Tennessee communities.

Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 5.57.34 PMJackson-Madison County was among one of the four cities recognized. The health initiative launched in March of 2015 with nine pilot communities.

The communities support physical activity, healthy eating and tobacco abstinence. They track and measure the outputs and accomplishments throughout the program.

“There are a total of 10 who will be initially recognized across the state,” CEO Rick Johnson said. “We have about 43 different communities now that are vying to be officially named, and we will be bestowing those designations as we move through the coming weeks and months.”

Dyer and Decatur counties as well as Germantown were awarded Monday. The designation is for two years.