Sen. Bill Frist, M.D., joined Nashville Mayor David Briley, Councilmember-At-Large Sharon Hurt, Rev. Edwin Sanders and other community leaders to launch Root Nashville, a campaign to plant and care for 500,000 trees across Nashville by 2050. The campaign is designed to increase the city’s tree canopy and create a more equitable distribution of the health and sustainability benefits of urban trees. “Trees make your life better and healthier, as science has demonstrated again and again,” said Sen. Frist. “We know that the immediate environment has a huge impact on Nashvillians health outcomes, and this collaborative campaign puts a clear strategy in place to make a difference.” The campaign is a partnership of Metro Government, the Cumberland River Compact, NashvilleHealth, The Nature Conservancy of Tennessee, Hands on Nashville, the Nashville Tree Foundation and the Urban Land Institute of Nashville.
The Nashville Community Health + Well-being Survey will hit more than 12,000 Davidson County mailboxes this month. The first-of-a-kind survey will help gain an accurate picture of the health of our city. Results will also play an important role in setting future priorities for better allocation of health resources by business, government and nonprofits. Help us raise awareness of the survey by encouraging your members, employees and constituents to take it, should they receive it.
Representatives from clinics and hospitals involved in the Target BP initiative recently gathered at NashvilleHealth to review blood pressure control rates across the city since launching the program one year ago. NashvilleHealth, the American Heart Association and the American Medical Association are partnering to implement this unique national hypertension control project in Nashville. One year in, there are more than 16 clinics and hospitals involved in the program with a reach of 550,000 patients across the area.
During a recent convening, Tobacco-Free Tennessee Coalition members learned about a new state Department of Health tobacco prevention media plan. The campaign targets youth, encouraging them to stay smoke free. Members also discussed coalition goals and held committee breakouts for policy, education and communications. NashvilleHealth serves as the administrator for this group, which seeks to achieve freedom from tobacco through education and policy change.
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