Cities and Counties
How Can Your Community Participate?
- Write an op-ed in your local paper about the importance of child health to your community
- At a city or county council meeting, recognize the efforts of local citizens who
- are working to improve child health
- Add a message about Child Health Week to your office marquee board or phone message
- Host a panel discussion about ways to improve health in your community
- Consider the impact of local policy on child health and well-being
- Spotlight local parks, community centers, and greenways as places where children
- and families can be physically active
- Eat breakfast or lunch with local school students
- Visit (and participate in) a PE class at a local school
- Walk to school with students
- Get your flu shot and invite the media to watch
- Record a public service announcement promoting good health behaviors (getting a regular checkup, receiving immunizations, wearing a seatbelt and helmet, etc)
- Visit local sites that are promoting good health, such as parks, farmers’ markets, community gardens, etc.
- Host a community fitness event, like a walk in the park
- Host a “healthy recipe” contest in your office and let local families be the judges
- Have local children draw pictures related to healthy living and display them in your office
- during Child Health Week
- Visit a local school and talk with students and staff about the importance of healthy lifestyles
- Be a good role model for your constituents
- Issue a physical activity or healthy eating challenge for your staff
Need More Information?
For more information or resources, check out our website: http://tn.gov/health/section/MCH or call us at 615-741-7353.
Resource Links for Cities and Counties
Designing Active Communities: Promoting Health Lives:
- Focuses on how the built environment-including neighborhoods, transportation systems, buildings, parks and open space-can promote more active lives.
- A global resource for free information on essential skills for building healthy communities.
American Community Gardening Association:
- Supports community gardening by facilitating the formation and expansion of state and regional community gardening networks; developing resources in support of community gardening; and, encouraging research and conducting educational programs.
International Bicycle Fund
- Community Bicycle Programs: ibike.org/
- Listing of groups that are facilitating more bicycling in their communities.
The Healthy Stores projects aim to improve health and prevent obesity and disease in low-income communities through culturally appropriate store-based interventions that increase the supply of healthy foods and promote their purchase.
The Food Trust:
The Food Trust strives to make healthy food available to all by working with neighborhoods, schools, grocers, farmers and policymakers to develop a comprehensive approach that combines nutrition education and greater availability of affordable, healthy food.
Society of St. Andrew:
Volunteers glean nutritious produce from farmers' fields and orchards after the harvest. This food is delivered to those in need.
Potato & Produce Project
Truckloads of unmarketable potatoes and other produce, donated by the agricultural community, are delivered to agencies serving the poor.
Harvest of Hope
Our education program informs people about the hunger problem and encourages them to be part of the solution.