Rick Johnson, left, president and CEO of the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness, and Gov. Bill Haslam talk with the press about the “Healthier Tennessee” initiative Thursday at the Toy Reid Eastman Employee Center. Photo by David Grace
KINGSPORT - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday launched the Tri-Cities leg of “Healthier Tennessee,” an initiative to encourage Tennesseans to exercise, eat nutritious foods and not use tobacco products.
“One of the things we have to recognize about Tennessee is we’re not as healthy,” Haslam, a Republican, said at the launch event held at the Eastman Employee Center. “...A lot of the things where we’re at the wrong end of the spectrum are behavioral issues, things like hypertension, Type II diabetes and obesity.”
Tennessee was ranked 39th in overall health last year, up from 41st in 2011, according to americashealthrankings.org.
But the state was 44th in diabetes, 36th in smoking and 35th in obesity.