At A Glance
In four rural Tennessee counties, community-led coalitions partnered with the faith community to promote nutrition and physical activity with their congregants. These activities included establishing fruit and vegetable gardens, supporting healthy cooking practices for gatherings and activities, and providing exercise and sports supplies to increase physical activity access. More than 1,400 congregation members have benefited from these initiatives.
Public Health Challenge
In Tennessee, 35% of adults have obesity, higher than the US average of 30% (2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System). Haywood, Humphreys, Lake, and Lauderdale counties were identified as high-obesity counties (adult obesity >40%) by the Centers for Disease Control’s Programs to Reduce Obesity in High Obesity Areas 2014 Cooperative Agreement. Obesity can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes. Low access to affordable healthy foods and places to get physical activity can contribute to the complex issue of obesity. The University of Tennessee Extension led a 2015 needs assessment in these counties. Residents identified lack of quality produce, affordable healthy eating options, and physical activity opportunities as barriers to healthy living.
Find Out More
To learn more about C3 Coalition initiatives in Haywood, Humphreys, Lake and Lauderdale counties, go to bemorelivemore.org. This initiative is supported through the Programs to Reduce Obesity in High Obesity Areas (1416) Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.