The Greene County Health Council will be kicking off a new child fitness challenge for Greeneville and Greene County with a planned community health fair this Saturday afternoon at Tusculum College's Pioneer Arena.
Called "Let's Move," the fitness challenge is part of an effort started by U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama to help solve the problem of childhood obesity in communities across America.
The program "emphasizes the unique ability of communities to solve the challenge locally," according to a Health Council news release.
"The program also emphasizes the leadership that our mayors and elected officials can provide to bring communities together and spur action," the release says.
"The goal is to adopt a long-term, sustainable, holistic approach to fight childhood obesity," the release adds.
Saturday's event will serve as the local kickoff for "Let's Move!"
The health fair is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Pioneer Arena gymnasium at Tusculum College.
It will feature 26 vendors, offering a variety of health and community resource information, a flu shot clinic, and exercise demonstrations, plus music, inflatables and games for kids of all ages, organizers say.
There is no charge to attend.
The event will begin with the signing of a joint city-county resolution by Greeneville Mayor W.T. Daniels and Greene County Mayor Alan Broyles to officially declare that the town and the county will participate in the program.
The goal, organizers say, is to become qualified to receive a certificate of acknowledgment confirming Greeneville and Greene County as "Let's Move!" communities.
Flu shots will be offered at the health fair by Corley's Pharmacy at a cost of $25.
Also at the event, Miss Johnson City, Lilly Crouch, will be speaking about healthy lifestyle choices.
Plus, Robbie Britton, of Funville, will provide music and encourage audience participation.
There will be door prizes, and the first 250 people in the door will receive a free tote bag.
The Greene County Health Council is hosting the event in partnership with the following sponsors: Laughlin Memorial Hospital, Takoma Regional Hospital, Morning Pointe Assisted Living of Greeneville, LandAir, Smoky Mountain Home Health & Hospice, Brookdale Senior Living Solutions, LifeCare Center of Greeneville, Durham-Hensley Health and Rehabilitation, and Food City.
For more information or to register, please call Ashley Head at 787-5087 or email her at (firstname.lastname@example.org)