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'Unicoi Unites' for healthier eating and better fitness

Sue Guinn Legg • Updated Jan 7, 2019 at 3:10 PM

The town of Unicoi is inviting area clubs, churches, businesses and other groups and individuals across Unicoi County to a Tuesday meeting to help lay plans for this year’s edition of the Healthier Tennessee Communities initiative, Unicoi Unites.

Aimed at getting everyone in the county more physically active and eating healthier, the year-long program so far includes:

• Footsteps with Foodies, a summer hiking and nutrition program presented by Mountain Harvest Kitchen in partnership with Food City nutritionists.

• Farmacy Fit, an initiative of the Unicoi and Erwin farmers markets to improve access to healthy, locally grown produce and whole food products.

• The figth annual Appalachian Trail Virtual Walk, a healthy workplaces initiative promoted by the state Departments of Human Resources and Agriculture.

• Organ Wise Guys, an educational program for children presented by the state Department of Health.

• And Teens Against Tobacco Use, an educational outreach for young people.

Program partners so far include the Unicoi County Health Department, Unicoi County schools, University of Tennessee Extension Service, Unicoi County Family YMCA, the towns of Erwin and Unicoi, RISE Erwin, CHIPS,  Unicoi County Prevention Coalition and First Baptist Church of Erwin.

Ashley Cavender, director of communications and programs for Unicoi, said what all the groups have in common is, “We’re striving to keep Unicoi County healthy and active.”

Their goal is to include as many groups and individuals as possible. “The more the merrier,” Cavender said.

Tuesday’s Healthier Tennessee-Unicoi Unites planning meeting will be held from 12:30-2 p.m. in the Buffalo Room at the Unicoi Tourist Information and Visitors Center. Everyone is encouraged to bring a sack lunch.

More information about the program can be found on the Healthier Tennessee Communities-Unicoi County page on Facebook page or may be obtained by contacting Cavender at communicationsandprograms@unicoitn.net or 423-735-0317.

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