Upcoming Special Events for Public Health Week in Anderson County

During National Public Health Week, the Anderson County Health Department is working to promote public health initiatives in a variety of ways. On April 1, staff will be assisting patients with registering to vote and collecting hygiene products to donate to the Tennessee Out-Reach Center for Homeless. They will also offer an after-school yoga club at Glenwood Elementary in partnership with UT Extension.

On April 2, staff will be promoting the benefits of outdoor activities at the Anderson County Senior Center and hosting a tobacco and vaping prevention program called “Catch My Breath” at Grand Oaks Elementary for fifth graders. Anti-tobacco signage will also be distributed to participating schools.

April 3 will focus on the remaining sessions of the “Catch My Breath” program for fifth graders, while on April 4 staff will encourage patients to access vaccines and distribute information flyers in the community. The Matter of Balance class at the Senior Center will continue as well.

On April 5, collected hygiene products will be donated to the TORCH center for homeless individuals, and staff will be encouraged to take walking breaks at work. The week will end with staff attending the “Celebration of a Young Child” event to showcase the health department’s services and promote the future of public health.

Director Charles Turner expressed pride in the hard work of his team, who provide a wide range of health programs and services in their community such as care coordination through CHANT, GIFTS pregnancy smoking cessation program, TNSTRONG advocating for tobacco-free lifestyles.

By Samantha Johnson

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