This new trail was created by the Grow Carter County organization and its volunteers, who are working to promote and improve health in Carter County through improved nutrition, exercise and tobacco cessation initiatives.
The intent is to encourage families to get out and onto the trail and for the adults and children of the families to enjoy a story together while they are getting exercise.
“The Storybook Trail features 10 stations where children and their families can enjoy a fun story a page at a time,” Grow Carter County Chairman Josh McKinney said. “We hope this addition will help make the trail an even greater asset in increasing the community’s health and happiness.”
The first book featured is “I Am Yoga” by Susan Verde. Representatives from Yoga Farm will be at the dedication to lead children from the elementary school through the book. The Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library will update the stations periodically with new books, each with a physical fitness or nutrition focus.
The stations feature art created by Bartleby Program students at Elizabethton High School, while a partnership with Elizabethton Parks and Recreation helped make the trail possible. This project is part of the group’s ongoing effort to improve the health and well-being of every citizen in Carter County. GCC is part of the Heathier Tennessee Communities initiative, a program started by the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness.
“Healthier Tennessee is dedicated to enabling and encouraging Tennesseans to live healthier lives,” said Kayla Smith, regional director for the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness. “The new Storybook Trail provided by the Grow Carter County Healthier Tennessee Communities group will provide additional opportunities to promote health and wellness for the county’s residents.
“Hopefully the Storybook Trail will encourage more families be active together as they read the story and walk along the trail.”