What’s Going On Across Tennessee

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If you would like to share what’s going on in your department, email healthier.tennessee@tn.gov and we’ll post it on this page for all of the other Wellness Councils to see!

Men’s Health Week
In honor of Men’s Health Week, employees from the Department of Human Services are wearing either blue or their favorite sports jersey.

Small Steps Lead to Big Changes
The Department of Veterans Services and the Department of Economic & Community Development recently hosted a Lunch & Learn. They discussed how small steps can lead to big changes.
Veterans Services and ECD Lunch n Learn

Top Golf
Some employees from the Department of Human Services met up at Top Golf for a healthy, fun team-building exercise.

Five Bucket Principle
Twenty employees from the Department of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities recently participated in a Five Bucket Principle workshop with Optum. The Five Bucket Principle deals with stress and emotional well-being.

Red Nose Day
The Department of Human Services raised awareness for Red Nose Day on May 24.

Wellness at Work
Employees from the Department of Transportation attended the Wellness at Work Lunch n Learn presentation. There were 27 attendees.
TDOT Wellness at Work

Food Journaling 101
Employees from the Department of Labor & Workforce attended a Food Journaling 101 Lunch n Learn. The session focused on daily journaling of food and beverages, online journals and mobile app resources. 19 employees attended.
Labor & Workforce Food Journaling

Meditation Break
The Department of Human Services Wellness Council hosted a 10-minute meditation break.

Sun Safety
Employees from the Department of Human Services in Maury County donated sunscreen to the Boys and Girls Club.
Sun Safety

Taste Test
The Department of Children’s Services hosted a healthy taste test for employees. The group learned about the benefits of eating a breakfast with whole grains by enjoying a healthy cereal, and they also tried a sample of dark chocolate made of 86% cacoa.

Stretch Break
Commissioner Barnes and the leadership team from the Department of Human Services recently visited the Memphis office. During a meeting, the group completed a brief wellness exercise.
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Dream Center
Employees from the Department of Human Services recently participated in a run for the Dream Center.
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Healthy Restaurant Food Fair

The Department of Human Services recently hosted a healthy restaurant food fair.
DHS Healthy Restaurant

 

 

 

 

 


Wellness Walk

Employees from the Department of Human Services and the Department of Labor and Workforce joined together for a group walk in recognition of Global Employee Health and Fitness Month.
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Healthy Breakfast
The Department of Human Services in Hickman County provided a nutritious breakfast at a recent staff meeting.
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Spring Fling
The Department of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Wellness Council hosted a spring fling. Employees enjoyed healthy salads, races, an egg toss and more!

Wellness Walk
Employees from the Department of Human Services took a wellness walk in Nashville.

DHS Walkers
Employees from various Department of Human Services offices have been walking and staying hydrated!

Rock n Roll Marathon
Sophia Young-McAdoo from the Department of Human Services recently participated in the Rock n Roll Marathon. Congrats!
DHS Sophia Young-McAdoo Marathon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stair Challenge
The Department of Human Services hosted a stair challenge in Shelby County.
DHS Stair Challenge Shelby County

Wellness Walk
Department of Human Services employees from Nashville and Hickman County participated in group wellness walks.

Orange Day
An employee from the Department of Human Services brought in oranges to share a healthy snack with her co-workers.
Orange Day

Electric Slide
The Department of Human Services took a quick break to do the electric slide.

Better Beverage Challenge
24 employees from the Department of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities‘ Knoxville office participated in the Better Beverage Challenge. Susan Bradley brought in strawberry jalapeno infused water and ginger orange infused water. Click here to find out how to make your own!

Deskercise!
Employees from Family Assistance at the Department of Human Services took a quick break to do deskercises.

Wellness Walk
The Family Assistance-Child Support team at the Department of Human Services went for a wellness walk.

DHS Fruit Cart
The Department of Human Services‘ Wellness Council packed two carts full of fruits and veggies. Then, they visited different floors so that all employees could enjoy a healthy afternoon snack.

TDEC Lunch & Learn Presentations
The Department of Environment and Conservation recently hosted the N.E.A.T. Lunch and Learn presentation at their Jackson office and the Get the Facts on Food Labels Lunch and Learn at their Memphis location. Great groups!

DHS Employee Runs Two Races
Latamera Woodley from the Department of Human Services ran 13.1 miles and 22 hills in Kentucky this past weekend. She also ran more than six miles of a 51-mile relay race the weekend before from Selma to Montgomery.

National Nutrition Month 
The Knoxville office of the Department of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities celebrated National Nutrition Month in March. Every Monday they kicked off the week by promoting healthy snacks.

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Healthy Potluck
The Department of Human Services hosted a healthy potluck lunch. Everyone brought a dish focusing on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat proteins. There were 19 attendees!

Wellness Week Wall
Thanks to the Department of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities for this photo of their Wellness Week Wall.
DIDD Wellness Week Wall

Wobble Dance
Members of the Wellness Council at the Department of Human Services took a quick break to do the Wobble Dance.

Biggest Loser
Congrats to Anna Craven for winning the Department of Human Services‘ Biggest Loser challenge. She lost 15 pounds! Nine participants lost a total of 35 pounds.
DHS Biggest Loser

Heart Healthy Challenge Winner
The Department of Education’s Wellness Council is excited to announce that Yalunda Whiteside is the February Heart Healthy Habits Challenge winner! Her participation in this challenge helped her lose five pounds. Congrats, Yalunda!

Quinoa Taste Test
The Department of Children’s Services hosted a quinoa taste test. Here’s Venus Singleton participating.
DCS Quinoa Taste Test

Healthy Snack Time
The Department of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities‘ Knoxville office offered healthy snacks and shared Keep the Beat healthy recipes as part of their National Nutrition Month celebration.

Keep the Beat Taste Test
The Department of Human Services offered samples of Sweet & Sour Chicken from an American Heart Association Keep the Beat recipe.
DHS Keep the Beat taste test

Heart Walk
The Department of Human Resources hosted a 15-minute wellness walk to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke. Pictured is the DOHR Wellness Council and Commissioner Hunter.
DOHR American Heart Month

Pack-a-Snack
The Department of Human Services hosted a healthy snack potluck for both in-office and AWS employees. Here are a few of delicious snacks!

Small Steps Lead to Big Changes
Allison Nance, a Regional Wellness Coordinator for Working for a Healthier Tennessee, facilitated a “Small Steps Lead to Big Changes” Lunch and Learn at the Memphis Mental Health Institute.

Diabetes Lunch and Learn
The Department of Labor & Workforce Development recently hosted a “Got Sugar? Don’t Let Diabetes Affect You” Lunch and Learn to educate employees.

Wellness Walk
The Department of Labor & Workforce Development held a Wellness Walk on February 15. There were 10 participants. Way to go!

Walk Around the Block
Employees from the Division of Rehabilitation Services at the Department of Human Services recently participated in a Walk Around the Block Challenge.
DHS Walk Around the Block

Healthy Taste Tests
The Department of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities hosted a dark chocolate taste test and a red beans and rice taste test. Both taste tests were a hit! 42 employees participated.

Optum Training
The Department of Human Services participated in a Mental Health in the Workplace training from Optum.

Cupid Shuffle
The Department of Human Services had a heart-healthy physical activity wellness break on Valentine’s Day. Participants joined in the Cupid Shuffle.

DHS Salad Club
The Department of Human Services held a healthy potluck for their regular Salad Club.
DHS Salad Club

Beat the Bulge
From November 1st through January 5th, several Department of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities employees participated in the “Beat the Bulge 2.0” challenge. Weekly challenges included creating SMART goals, stair climbing, eating a meatless meal, stretching and more! The total weight loss for the group was 44.2 pounds. They also measured body fat percentage and waist lines. In total, the group lost 20 inches off their waists and 13% of their body fat! They celebrated with a healthy luncheon and the top three participants were recognized.

1st place: Eman Roufael
2nd place: Myra Hall
3rd place: Michelle Smith

Congratulations!

Go Red for Women
To raise awareness about the risk of heart disease, many employees participated in the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women by wearing red on Friday, February 2. Here’s a sampling of photos.

Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services:
More than 30 participants participated in a Wear Red Day walk with Deputy Commissioner Bo Turner.

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Department of Transportation:

Thanks, Dr. Ann!
Thanks so much to Dr. Ann for sharing her wisdom and Happiness Diet program with our Wellness Councils on Wednesday, January 24. Here, she’s pictured with the Working for a Healthier Tennessee team.
Team Photo with Dr. Ann

Group Walk
The Department of Human Services leads regular group walks.
DHS Group Walk

Wellness Week
The Department of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities recently hosted a Wellness Week in their Knoxville office.

Random Acts of Wellness
Nancy Tidwell from the Department of Human Services was presented a Random Acts of Wellness Certificate for her continual encouragement of others in health and wellness. Nancy is a strong advocate for healthy lifestyles. She continues her participation and leadership in Weight Watchers at Citizen’s Plaza and exercise classes at TN Towers. Way to go, Nancy!
Nancy Tidwell

Electric Slide
The Department of Human Services‘ Commissioner took a moment to lead the senior leadership team in the Electric Slide this morning. What a great way to start a meeting!

Deskercise Break
The Department of Labor & Workforce Development took a quick deskercise break during a meeting.

Wellness Chair Awards
We appreciate the hard work of all our Wellness Council Chairs. You are helping to make Tennessee a healthier place to work.

Not pictured:
Most Likely to Photo Bomb Your Selfie – Delora Ruffin, Children’s Services
Best Attention to Detail – Mary Walker, Human Resources
Most Likely to Be Stress-Free – Deya Maldas, Education
Biggest Funny Bone – Buddy Lea, Finance & Administration
Biggest Encourager – Nichelle Martin, Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities
Most Patient – Kimberly Forsythe, Military
Most Likely to Walk at Work – Sandra Curll, Safety & Homeland Security
Most Spirited – Melissa Raulerson, TWRA
Most Friendly – Kelsea Akers, Economic & Community Development
Most Likely to Do Deskercises – David Potter, General Services
Most Organized – Pam Busby, TBI
Biggest Busy Bee – Gina Morton, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Most Zen – Marki Mascolo, Veterans Services

Group Walk
Staff members from the Department of Human Services participated in a group walk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salad Bar Potluck
The Department of Human Services‘ Wellness Council hosted their regular salad bar potluck.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wellness Walks
Staff members from the Department of Labor & Workforce Development‘s offices in Jackson and Knoxville completed wellness walks in November!

A Million Steps
Congrats to the Department of Human Services‘ Cocke County office! They hosted a 30-day steps challenge with the goal of taking one million steps. Mission accomplished!

Healthy Thanksgiving Luncheon
In observation of Eat Better, Eat Together Month, employees from the Department of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities office in Knoxville hosted a healthier Thanksgiving luncheon. The gathering was also an appreciation of their awesome Wellness Council. Happy (early) Thanksgiving!
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Step Into Fall Challenge
The Department of Labor & Workforce Development shared this photo of the top stepper in West Tennessee from their Step Into Fall Challenge. Congrats, Immacolata Whitham!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eat Together Eat Better
Employees from the Department of Human Services are supporting each other in healthy eating habits. They recently hosted an Eat Together Eat Better Luncheon.

Tobacco Cessation Board
The Department of Human Services Wellness Council created a tobacco cessation board to provide resources to those who are trying to quit tobacco.

Biggest Loser Challenge
The Department of Human Services hosted a Biggest Loser Challenge. The group lost a total of 31 pounds. Way to go!

 

 

 

 

 


DIDD Helping Others in the Community
The Department of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Wellness Council received a thank you note for their food donation to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. The note reads: Our food pantry helps so many of our patient families. Thank you so much for your food donation. Your generosity means so much to our hospital.

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Smoothie Week
The Department of Human Services in Montgomery County hosted a smoothie week. Here’s their favorite recipe!

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Trick or Trot
Employees from the Department of Human Services hosted a health and wellness walk in Nashville and a Trick or Trot event in Smyrna.

Walk Break
Thanks to the Department of Labor & Workforce Development for sharing these photos from a recent group walk!

Yoga Break
Employees from the Department of Revenue‘s Knoxville and Chattanooga offices celebrated National Yoga Month by practicing yoga during their wellness breaks. Both classes were led by certified yoga instructors and Revenue employees!

Pink Friday
Employees from the Department of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities recently wore pink and took a walk to raise awareness for breast cancer.

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Step Into Fall
The Department of Labor & Workforce shared these photos. Christina Tugman (pictured in red) was the Middle Tennessee winner in their departmental Step Into Fall Challenge. We’re told that Christina’s leadership encourages and supports participation in wellness. Congrats!
Farmer’s Market Week
Employees from the Department of Revenue celebrated Farmer’s Market Week in August by taking a walk to their local market. DID YOU KNOW? You save money on sales tax when buying produce directly from the farmer who grew it. Learn more about additional agriculture exemptions here.
Farmer's Market Group Walk 8-9-17 TDOR

 

 

 

 

 


Stretch Break
The Department of Revenue conducted a stretch break during their inaugural Leadership Academy, a week-long leadership training opportunity for their employees!

Hunger Action Walk
Members of the Quality Improvement and Strategic Solutions team at the Department of Human Services sent these photos from the Hunger Action Walk.

Hunger Action Walk
The Department of Human Services‘ Shelby County office participated in the Hunger Action Walk. Thanks for sharing these photos!

Field Day
The Department of Human Resources hosted Field Day Friday on September 29. It was a gorgeous day out and all the teams brought their A-game! Participants included Team “Prevent & Eliminate” from the Department of Health, Team “Straight Outta Collections” from the Department of Revenue and Team “Tug Nasty” from the Department of Human Resources. Revenue took home both first place winnings in the tug-of-war competition and relay race.


Laughter Yoga
September was National Yoga Month. To celebrate, the Department of Health hosted free laughter yoga to help participants find their inner joy. As you can tell, everyone had a great time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over the Hill
The Department of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities hosted an Over the Hill challenge. This was a four-week challenge. The group used the hill on their campus as motivation. Each week, participants were challenged to walk a little more up the hill, with the ultimate goal of being able to walk up the hill in less than five minutes while holding a conversation. Great work!

Suicide Prevention and Awareness Day
September was Suicide Prevention and Awareness Day. Thanks to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency for bringing attention to this important cause.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunchtime Walk
Thanks to Destiny and Morgin from The Department of Environment & Conservation’s Wellness Council for the lunchtime walk invitation!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walking Teams
The Department of Safety & Homeland Security shared these photos of their walking teams. They also recently participated in the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) walk in Nashville.

Let’s Get Moving
The Department of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities recently hosted a Let’s Get Moving Challenge. Participants took two 15-minute walks per day with friends, co-workers or family in August and September. Employees from the Chattanooga, Greeneville and Knoxville offices participated.

Hunger Action Walk
The Department of Children’s Services participated in DHS’ Hunger & Wellness Walk at Citizens Plaza on September 14. This walk was in support of Feeding America’s Hunger Action Month. Participants wore orange to raise awareness of food insecurity in Tennessee, as well as donated non-perishable food items to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.

Out of the Darkness Walk
The Department of Human Services recently participated in the Out of Darkness Walk for suicide prevention.

Wiffle Ball
The Department of Human Services‘ Operations group used their lunch break to work in a little fitness and fun with a game of wiffle ball.

Hunger Action Walk
The Department of Human Services took to the streets to fight hunger. The event was part of their partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank for Hunger Action Awareness Month. NewsChannel 5 covered the story.

The department’s Disability Determination Services group also hosted a Hunger Action Walk on the greenway.

Financial Health
The Department of Correction recently hosted a training session with Optum. 29 staff members attended “Living Off Your Paycheck.”

Steps Competition Winner
Congratulations to Gomer Pascual! He is the winner of the Department of Education‘s solar eclipse steps competition.
Gomer Pascual

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Healthy Snacks
The Department of Labor & Workforce Development shared these pictures from a recent meeting. They served attendees healthy snacks. Yum!

The Biggest Loser
The East Tennessee Regional Office of the Department of Health recently held a Biggest Loser challenge. Erica Herndon came up with the idea. Staff committed to weighing in weekly for eight weeks. At the end of the eight weeks, the person who lost the most percentage of body weight was the winner. Participants also received water bottles for their dedication and commitment to healthier habits in the workplace! Pictured below: front to back, left to right: Erica Herndon, Crystal McAfee, Jodi Stott, Connie Cummings, Gail Harmon, Joey Goss, Cissy Cooper and Kim Lindenschmidt. Not pictured: Cristina Allen, Cindy Anders, Candy Boruff, Christina Clapp, Melissa Davis, Candida Hodges and Amanda Mason. Way to go!
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Smoking Cessation Packets
The Department of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Knoxville office assembled smoking cessation packets for employees. The packets included some smoke-free promotional goodies (travel toothbrush, pens, pencils, eyeglass repair kits and more).

Small Steps Lead to Big Changes
The Department of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Knoxville office hosted a “Small Steps Lead to Big Changes” Lunch ‘n Learn. Sixteen employees attended!

Build a Better Sandwich
The Department of Children’s Services held a Build a Better Sandwich event. There was a great turnout and we’re told everyone enjoyed trying the different healthy options! This activity was inspired by August’s “Sandwich Month.”

Solar Eclipse Walk
The Department of Agriculture got some steps in while enjoying the eclipse on Monday, August 21. Thanks for the awesome photos!

National Farmers Market Week
The Department of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Knoxville office took a field trip to their local farmers market on August 9. Thanks for the photos!

The Department of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities in Jackson also took a trip to their local farmers market to celebrate National Farmers Market Week.

Walk to the Farmers Market
The Department of Human Services
 celebrated National Farmers Market Week by taking a group walk to the Nashville Farmers Market.

Walk Across Tennessee
The Department of Children’s Services shared these pictures of staff at Wilder Youth Development Center who participated in Walk Across Tennessee. Pictured are Amber Waldron, Claudia Williams, Tamara Gray, Ida Douglas, Tanglar Taylor and Melody Morman. Team Wilder B received FIRST PLACE for their division! Way to go!

Wheels for Wellness
Members of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Wellness Council recently participated in a Wheels for Wellness Timed Bike Ride. Way to go!
TWRA Bike Ride

Health & Wellness Vision Boards
The Department of Education sent these photos from their vision board event.

Healthy Snack Event
The Department of Children’s Services had an event to encourage snacking every few hours, and to also help encourage employees to choose healthy snacks. 35 people attended the event, then they were encouraged to participate in a short ab work out the Wellness Council has started.

Health & Wellness Vision Boards
Thanks to the Department of Human Resources for inviting us to join them while they created health and wellness vision boards.

Firefighter Challenge
Employees from the Department of Agriculture took the Firefighter Challenge. Participants had to meet the same foot-travel standards as Forestry Division firefighters, walking two miles within 30 minutes while carrying 25 pounds. The added weight made the challenge harder than one might think. Participants trained for several weeks prior to taking part.

Biggest Loser Challenge
Congratulations to Lisa Maeweathers for winning the Department of Human Services’ Biggest Loser Competition. Shout out to the entire group, who lost a total of 58.4 pounds! They’re starting another competition later this month.

Wellness Fair
The Department of Labor & Workforce Development shared these photos from their recent wellness fair.

Random Act of Wellness
Congrats to this employee from the Department of Labor & Workforce Development for receiving a Random Act of Wellness Certificate for walking the stairs!

Master Gardener
Jane, an employee from the Department of Human Services, recently completed a course in master gardening. Congrats!

Random Act of Wellness
The Department of Labor & Workforce Development sent this photo of an employee being awarded a Random Act of Wellness certificate for drinking more water.

Red Nose Day Walk
The Department of Human Services sent these photos from the Red Nose Day Walk they participated in with the Department of Human Resources. Red Nose Day raised money and awareness for children living in poverty.

Wellness Gram
We love this idea! The Wellness Gram is going around at the Department of Human Services. If the Wellness Gram lands on your desk, you take a lap, take a pic and pass it on!

Mindful Monday
The Department of Human Services took a mental health break to color and create vision boards during Mindful Monday.

Self-Defense Class
In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) West Region Wellness Council hosted a self-defense class at the Lowell Thomas State Office Building in Jackson. Employees of DIDD, the Department of Children’s Services, and Bureau of Worker’s Compensation participated in the class to learn skills to distract, escape and survive. Sergeant Tommy Ferguson of the Jackson Police Department provided a fun, relaxed environment with instruction, demonstration and an interactive audience.

Wellness Lunch
The Disability Determination Services team from the Department of Human Services sent these photos from their monthly wellness luncheon. We’re told the food was healthy AND delicious!


Line Dancing
Employees from Organizational Performance and Program Evaluation at the Department of Human Services hosted line dancing for their April health and wellness activity. Ramona Tharpe led the group. Looks like fun!

Fun Run
Employees from the Department of Human Services participated in the Shoney’s 5k Fun Run in Nashville. Way to go!

Healthy Lunch
The Public Information and Legislative Office for the Department of Human Services hosted a healthy lunch during their health and wellness activity for May. Everyone contributed one healthy item to share.

Superhero Run
Runners from the Department of Human Services (and some family members) participated in the Superhero 5k on March 11. Pictured from left to right are Whitney Alexander, Krystle Glenn, Natalie Hernandez, Abigale Hernandez, Sophia Young McAdoo and Ross Alexander.
DHS Superhero Run

DHS Represents at Strolling Jim Race
Sophia Young McAdoo and Latamera Woodley from the Department of Human Services completed the Strolling Jim Race 10k in Wartrace, Tennessee on Saturday, May 6. Way to go!

600-Minute Challenge
The Department of Human Services
 played Wellness Bingo and completed the 600-Minute Challenge. This challenge encourages employees to be physically active for 600+ minutes, at work, for a four-week period. To get guidelines, tracking sheets and more for the 600-Minute Challenge, go to our Challenges page and scroll down to the Physical Activity section.

Exercise Dice
Thanks to the Department of Human Services for sending this photo. The Public Information and Legislative Office did the exercise dice for their health and wellness monthly activity in April.
PILO April 2017 H&W

Be a Picture of Health
The Department of Transportation
hosted a photo walk to the pedestrian bridge in Nashville. Employees enjoyed the springtime temperatures and walked at their own pace. Here are just a few photos from the event.

Deskercise
The Department of Human Services shared these photos from their Organizational Performance and Program Evaluation (OPPE).

Therapeutic Lunchtime Coloring
In celebration of International Color Day and World Art Day, the Department of Human Services Wellness Council hosted a lunchtime coloring session. Coloring helps foster wellness, stimulates the areas of the brain related to motor skills, senses and creativity, and influences mood. There were 12 participants, including some from the Department of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities and Finance & Administration.

DHS at TSU
A group from the Department of Human Services recently participated in the TSU 5K. Way to go!

Random Act of Wellness
Department of Human Resources Wellness Council member Glenda Rosario caught Randy Roberts using an exercise peddler to burn some calories while he works. That deserves a Random Act of Wellness certificate!

The Biggest Loser Weight Loss Challenge
The Department of Human Resources Wellness Council recently hosted a Biggest Loser Weight Loss Challenge. Several participants used Jabber to coordinate workouts and encourage each other. Here are some of the challengers working hard to reach their goals.

Valentine Chocolate Taste Test
The Department of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities sent these photos from the dark chocolate taste test they hosted at their Middle Tennessee Regional Office on Valentine’s Day.

Random Acts of Kindness
February 12-18 was National Random Acts of Kindness Week. Employees in the Department of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities West Region displayed kindness to their co-workers throughout the week. Each person’s kindness was recognized with a Random Act of Kindness certificate. A few examples of kind acts included: sharing snacks, thanking a co-worker for help with a task, acknowledging another person’s talent, stopping to have a meaningful conversation in the hallway, opening the door for others, noticing a co-worker’s effort and washing the dishes in the break room.

DHS Deskercise
Commissioner Danielle Barnes was the special guest at the Department of Human Services Wellness Council meeting. Here are photos of the group engaging in some deskercises.

And Stretch!
The Department of Human Services sent these photos of their Organizational Performance and Program Evaluation (OPPE) March health and wellness activity.

Food Label Low-Down
Here are some photos from the “Get the Facts on Food Labels” Lunch ‘n Learn that the Department of Labor & Workforce Development recently hosted. The event was catered with a variety of bagels and low-fat spreads and fruit.

International Munch & Music
The Department of Environment & Conservation held an International Munch & Music (IMM) event in the Tennessee Tower with 13 dishes representing food from around the world (and region). From Guatemalan tamales, Greek grape leaves and Korean Bolgogi to Irish shortbread and jambalaya, staff cooked up delicious dishes, giving everyone the opportunity to learn more about the heritage of their co-wokers. Congrats to Ruby James, winner of the cook-off competition. Her baklava was voted tops by attendees. Special recognition goes to Fausto Vega for being selected “Best All Around” for his salsa, sandwiches and sounds from his native Cuba. Kudos to the IMM planning committee: Kem Allen, Farid Ewida, Emad Mehany and Ashleigh Shaneyfelt. More than 60 attendees enjoyed this event!

Vegetarian Vittles
The Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services hosted a Vegetarian Vittles Lunch ‘n Learn on Friday, March 10, 2017. They had presentations from Lisa Ragan and council member Benita Hays about gluten-free and vegetarian diets. Twenty-five people attended the informational session, where they served a variety of salads, soups and meatless dishes.

Wellness Wheel
The Department of Human Services shared these photos from their recent senior leadership team meeting where thirty employees completed the wellness wheel activity. Try this at your next meeting. It’s a great way to get employees to think about each aspect of their well-being.

Yoga at TDOT
The Department of Transportation recently hosted their first yoga session. Noel Blackmire from TDOT’s Environmental Division instructed the class.

Team Green Machine
The Department of Finance & Administration’s Wellness Council is hosting a Stair Climbing Challenge from March 13-31. Teams of five are competing in this timed relay – climbing the stairs from floor 4 to 28 in the Tennessee Tower. Each team member has to race up five floors, handing a baton to the next person. Members of the Wellness Council are timing each team. The two teams with the fastest times will compete in the championship on March 31. Check out this photo of Team “Green Machine” from Benefits Administration, who submitted their time on St. Patrick’s Day. Good luck to all!
Team Green Machine

Lunch n Learn
TRICOR just held their first Working for a Healthier Tennessee Lunch n Learn. Today’s topic was S.M.A.R.T. Goal Setting for Health. Thanks for having us!
TRICOR

Deskercise at DHS
The Department of Human Services sent these deskercise photos from their Organizational Performance and Program Evaluation group.

CPR Class
The Department of Human Services sent these photos from their first CPR class that was completed in conjunction with the Department of Health. DeSha Shaw was the instructor.

Random Act of Wellness
Congrats to Danica Brumfield from the Department of Human Services! She was presented with a Random Act of Wellness for completing her first cycling class, first step class and giving away her Teddy Grahams as a start to better eating habits.
Danica Brumfield

Wellness Week
As part of their wellness week, the Department of Human Services hosted a Why Weight Wednesday, Thirsty Thursday and Friday Shakedown. During Thirsty Thursday, employees received a free bottle of water, accepted a challenge and pledged to drink more water. At the Friday Shakedown they tried low sodium and salt-free snacks.

Healthy Group Lunch
The Department of Human Services‘ Disability Determination Services wellness group has been trying out healthy restaurants in Nashville. Here’s a photo of them at Calypso Café in Nashville.

DHS Calypso

Hot Chocolate Run
Sophia Young McAdoo and Abigail Hernandez, employees from the Department of Human Services, recently participated in the Hot Chocolate Run in Nashville. They are two of the founders of the DHS Divas and Dudes marathon team.
Hot Chocolate Run

Heart Health Bulletin Boards
The Department of Health sent these photos of Heart Health bulletin boards in their Dyer County and Lake County regional offices.

The Force Awakens Baton Challenge
The Department of Human Services sent these photos from the Baton Challenge against the Department of Human Resources. Baton challengers walked around their building and passed the baton to the next person. If a participant completed the challenge all four weeks, he/she earned the title of Luke Skywalker. Each Luke Skywalker received an additional five points. Nearly 400 employees participated!

Go Red
Department of Human Services employees from across the state raised awareness about heart disease by wearing red. Here are some of the photos!

World Heart Day
In support of World Heart Day, 32 employees from the Department of Human Resources wore red! They also held a walk to Public Plaza. Seven people braved the frigid winter temperatures to get some heart-healthy exercise!

Healthy Staff Appreciation Celebration
The Department of Human Services held a staff appreciation celebration for the QISS division. Management wanted to show their gratitude for the team’s hard work. At the celebration, they served healthy treats.
DHS Staff Appreciation

Beat the Bulge
The Department of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities recently hosted a Beat the Bulge Challenge at their Middle Tennessee Regional Office. Pictured are just some of the employees who participated.
DIDD Beat the Bulge Challenge

Maintain Don’t Gain
The Department of Health’s NE Regional Office hosted a Maintain Don’t Gain Challenge from November 15 through January 15. They offered employees healthy recipes and food substitutions throughout the duration of the challenge. Participants received water bottles and enjoyed a celebratory lunch on January 24. Way to go!
Maintain Don't Gain

Office Olympics
The Department of Finance & Administration recently hosted the Office Olympics! Teams competed in the boiled egg toss, hula hoop tournament, basketball dribble relay and push-up relay. Looks like so much fun!

Healthy Potluck
Thanks to the Department of Human Services for sending these photos. The Public Information and Legislative Office recently hosted a healthy potluck breakfast. Looks yummy!

Lunch at The Wild Cow
The Department of Human Services has a Wellness Daily Walking Group that also explores healthier food options. They sent this photo from a recent lunch at The Wild Cow, a vegetarian restaurant in Nashville. The group reports that lunch was not only healthy, it was delicious!
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Holiday Walk
The Department of Labor & Workforce Development shared these photos from their Holiday Walk at the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. There were 17 people who completed the walk around the building to get 3,000 steps. The wellness council distributed a map with distances around the parking lot and provided documentation that 17 laps on the inside loop equals a mile. They had the perfect weather for a walk!

Food Collection Contest
The Department of Labor & Workforce Development shared photos from a canned food drive they hosted. It was a competition between six teams of employees. The money collected was donated to Second Harvest, while the cans of food were divided and given to six food pantries in the community. The group delivered some of the cans yesterday. Volunteers welcomed the donations and began using some of the items to fill bags for families that were waiting at the door. They also did a toy drive for the last minute toy store in Nashville. Great job!

Regional Lunch-n-Learn
We recently held a Lunch-n-Learn in Jackson about the “Facts on Food Labels.” Participants learned how to compare fat and caloric content of similar foods. Several departments attended including Labor & Workforce, Environment & Conservation, Human Services, Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, Economic & Community Development, and Children’s Services. Thanks to everyone who attended!

Health & Wellness Challenges
The Department of Human Services hosted the Commissioner’s Office Supervisor Health and Wellness challenges for November and December. Thanks for sending these photos!

Jingle Jog & Winter Walk
The Department of Human Services sent these photos from TRC-Smyrna’s first annual Jingle Jog and Winter Walk. The event, open to all students and staff, was a great success. Staff and students alike put on their jingle bells, ugly sweaters and holiday attire for the event. This looks like a lot of fun!

Healthy Chili Cook-Off
Thanks to the Department of Human Services for sharing these photos from their healthy chili cook-off.

Turkey Trot Challenge
The Department of Human Resources sent these photos from their Turkey Trot Challenge. Pictured are the final race board, the first place winner and third place. Great job!

Fit, Fine and Fabulous
Check out these photos sent to us from The Department of Human Services. Their Fit, Fine and Fabulous team participated in the Nashville 1/2 Marathon, Marathon and 5K benefiting Gilda’s Club Nashville.

National Healthy Lunch Day
The Department of Human Services sent us these photos from their recent observance of National Healthy Lunch Day, which is part of American Diabetes Month. Look at these delicious creations!

Chili Challenge Honoring Veterans
The Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse recently held a chili challenge while honoring vets. Here are photos from this awesome event.

Halloween Treats
Employees at the Department of Human Services went for a walk and traded in Halloween candy for fruit. Great job!

Breast Cancer Awareness 
Staff members from the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities recently wore pink for breast cancer awareness. Thanks to the groups in Jackson and Arlington for sharing these photos!

Tip Toe to the Towers
Thanks to the Department of Human Resources for sharing this photo from their newest walking challenge, Tip Toe to the Towers. The quarter mile walk is held every Friday!
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Greenway Walk
The Department of Human Services sent us this photo from the Tennessee Disability Determination Services Greenway Walk. Thanks for sharing!DHS DDS Greenway Walk

 

TRC Smyrna Fun Walk
Thanks to the Department of Human Services for sharing these photos from the recent Tennessee Rehabilitation Center (TRC) Smyrna Fun Walk! More than 65 students and TRC staff participated!

Family Fun Day
The Tennessee Department of Correction sent us these photos from their Family Fun Day that was held on October 8. Morgan County Correctional Complex won first place in the softball tournament. Congratulations!

Cardio Line Dancing
We love this video! Featured are Department of Children’s Services employees line dancing at Gateway to Independence (GTI). This is a new group exercise class and already attendance has been great! This Cardio Line Dancing class takes place on Thursdays at 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Central. Thanks for sharing!


Field Trip to the Farmer’s Market

Employees from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development recently enjoyed a walk to the Farmer’s Market and they sent us this photo.

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Walk to the Farmer’s Market
The Department of Human Services wellness council members recently hosted a walk to the Nashville Farmer’s Market. Thanks for sending us these photos!

Tug of War and Hula Hoop Event
Here are some fun photos from the Tug of War and Hula Hoop event that the Department of Human Services’ recently hosted!

World Heart Day
The Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities observed World Heart Day. Here are photos from their Jackson and Arlington offices.

Commissioner’s Calorie-Conscious Choices
Commissioner Raquel Hatter from the Department of Human Services gave out healthy snacks to staff members as part of their Health and Wellness Week. Check out the awesome photos they sent!

National Peanut Day Taste Test
The Department of Children’s Services hosted a taste test with natural peanut butter, apples, celery and whole-grain crackers for National Peanut Day. Thirty employees participated. They shared these awesome photos!

Wednesday Walkers
The Labor & Workforce Development wellness council hosted a walk on Wednesday, September 21 to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease (CVD). According to the World Heart Federation, the number one cause of death worldwide is CVD. Mr. Ray Loveless led the group of 25 on the walk. The wellness council gave out water, plastic bottles and pedometers. Great job!

Knoxville Lunch-N-Learn
Regional Wellness Coordinator Kayla Kroeschen submitted this photo from the recent Lunch-N-Learn she hosted in Knoxville on September 21, 2016. Attendees included the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Department of Human Services, Labor & Workforce Development and Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Thanks to all who attended!

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Farmer’s Market Field Trip
The Department of Human Resources held their first Farmer’s Market Field Trip on September 16, 2016. They explored the fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as some homemade goodies that were for sale. A few of them purchased tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and pumpkins. Let us know how the cooking goes and please share any yummy recipes if you can!

Meatless Monday
Labor & Workforce Development reports that their Meatless Monday was a success! They gave out apples, bananas, key limes, mini-cucumbers, plum tomatoes, carrots and grapes along with a veggie taco salad recipe. They are also getting ready to host a yoga event, a walk to promote awareness for World Heart Day and a tobacco cessation event.

Wellness Council Meets Governor Haslam
As winners of the overall wellness award this year, the Department of Human Services wellness council recently had their photo taken with Governor Haslam. The Working for a Healthier Tennessee team is also pictured.

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Back to School Bash
The Department of Education incorporated wellness into their Back to School Bash by having healthy snacks and making the main event a scavenger hunt through Bicentennial Mall. Participants had 30 minutes to complete as many of the 45 questions as possible.

Supervisor Challenge
The Department of Human Services wellness council has challenged supervisors to host a wellness activity with their divisions. Activities so far have included organized walks and deskercises. Here are some photos they shared! (Click to enlarge images.)

Stair Challenge
The Department of Human Services also recently hosted a stair challenge.

 

Salad Club
The Department of Human Services recently hosted a salad club, ensuring everyone had a delicious and healthy lunch!

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Fit, Fine & Fabulous

Here’s a group photo of the Department of Human Services’ Fit, Fine & Fabulous Team that recently participated in the Half Full Races. The team includes Diana Brown, Sophia Young, Abigail Hernandez, Whitney Dotson, Krystal Glenn and Lil Declan. Thanks for sharing this awesome photo!

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The Department of Human Resources wellness council
 shared a “Finding Nemo”-themed health board they put together, which celebrated their accomplishments this last year. Their hard work earned them a Well-Being Award in their division. Keep up the great work!

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