Building a Healthy Community in West Georgia
West Georgia’s Public Health Crisis
The numbers are alarming: too many of our residents are suffering with chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer. We’re losing loved ones to these destructive illnesses each and every day, and the rates of new diagnoses continue to escalate. If we don’t make changes now, the results could be devastating.
Many risks for these chronic diseases are directly linked to lifestyle factors that can prevent the onset and reduce the severity of illness. Healthy habits such as eating a nutritious diet, getting adequate physical activity, and staying tobacco-free can dramatically improve health and decrease one’s chances of developing disease. But sadly, many low-income and rural residents lack the resources needed to make healthy changes. With a large population of residents in these high-risk groups, west Georgia stands to benefit from evidence-based interventions to improve public health.
Recognizing the barriers that prevent people from adopting healthy habits, the CDC developed the Community Transformation Grant program to provide a lifeline to those most in need of assistance. Get Healthy Live Well is putting this funding to work by implementing numerous evidence-based interventions to address the most critical health issues for the 151,000 residents of Carroll, Haralson and Heard counties.
About Get Healthy Live Well
Get Healthy Live Well is working to promote a healthy lifestyle and prevent chronic disease for residents of Carroll, Haralson and Heard counties by:
- decreasing health disparities
- reducing obesity rates
- eliminating tobacco use
- increasing physical activity
- improving nutrition
We are a community network, built through collaboration and partnership, working to educate, promote and develop sustained conditions for healthier lifestyles where people live, work and play in these communities.
Your Health Matters
Taking even small steps to improve your health by becoming more active, eating a nutritious diet, quitting smoking and getting connected to your community can make a tremendous positive difference in your overall well-being. That’s why we’re inviting west Georgians to:
- Get Fit
- Eat Healthy
- Live Tobacco-Free
- Be Well
- Get Involved
Get Healthy Live Well is focusing on each theme with a variety of programs and awareness campaigns to offer valuable resources to west Georgians. They include free smoking cessation classes, an ongoing weight loss challenge, weekly health education classes, group exercise opportunities, community garden groups, cooking classes and opportunities to be of service by volunteering.
Where do you like to give back?
Get Healthy Live Well is building a robust coalition of task forces designed to address the specific needs of various groups within the community. Each program is catered to the different settings where we join together to experience community: schools and universities, churches, businesses, health care facilities, public parks, community gardens and other shared spaces. There is also a growing online community to support the movement.
Let us know where you want to make a difference and we can help you get connected!
The impact of Get Healthy, Live Well depends on all of us offering our unique skills, dedication and time. Working together with support from every sector of our community – from people like you–we can help create a healthier community in west Georgia.
Join us in our efforts to make west Georgia a healthier place to live by volunteering your time and talents. To learn more visit our Get Involved page.
Get Healthy Live Well Funding and Governance
In September 2012, Tanner Health System was awarded a Community Transformation Grant (CTG) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CTG Small Communities program, funded by the Affordable Care Act’s Prevention and Public Health Fund, supports state and local governmental agencies and community-based organizations in the implementation, evaluation and dissemination of evidence-based community health activities to reduce chronic disease rates, prevent the development of secondary conditions, address health disparities and develop effective prevention programming.
The CDC funded 40 organizations across the nation, however, Tanner was one of only eight hospitals in the country—and the only hospital in the southeast—to receive the award. Designed to create community solutions to problems created by chronic disease and their underlying risk factors, the grant awarded to Tanner provides the overall infrastructure to help guide, advance and support the efforts of the Tanner-led Get Healthy, Live Well collaborative.
Get Healthy, Live Well is steered by a leadership council and multiple sub-group task forces that will work together to establish, advance and maintain effective strategies that continuously improve health and quality of life in west Georgia. Individuals on the leadership council and task forces, spanning the geographic area of Carroll, Haralson and Heard counties, will represent various sectors and community partnerships, having knowledge and expertise within their specific sectors to find leverage that supports the desired outcomes of the initiative.
Guided by a comprehensive action plan, the Get Healthy, Live Well leadership council and task forces will engage people, ideas and resources across multiple settings to create a synergy of health and prevention efforts that will have a lasting effect on people’s health.