Friday, April 24, 2015

Rising Stars!

It has been a gorgeous spring week around here and the perfect weather for touring some of the finest health and wellness spots in the area, including Takoma's Creation Health Nature Trail, the Laughlin Walking Trail and Rural Resources. 

The Tennessee Department of Health's Rising Stars committee came into town, along with some business men and women from New York, to hear about the innovative things being done here in Greene County to promote health and wellness, not just through Creation Health but through our health department and health council, both of our hospitals, as well as Rural Resources.

It was a joy to spend the better part of a day with them, beginning with a round table discussion, followed by the tours and then ending with a picnic lunch. I am proud to report that this is (at least) the second time in the past year that groups of people have come here to study Greene County's health and wellness emphasis, so that they can use us as a model community on a national level.

It was another shifting gears kind of day, as I left there and headed to Tusculum View to lead the Tiger Times after school program as I have been doing twice a month all semester. Since it was my 2nd visit of the month, we talked about the last 4 letters in the CREATION acronym, T-I-O-N and then went outside to enjoy the beautiful fresh air and sunshine while getting in some activity time on the playground.

Unfortunately this was my final visit of the school year, because school is out next month. Crazy! I do look forward to the upcoming summer months though, since I get to spend most of my days working with kiddos. Last summer alone, I worked with 350+ kids through the YMCA, the Boys & Girls Club and the GCS summer program. I take my boys with me and we have a blast doing fun activities while learning about health and wellness!

Earlier this week, I was fortunate to be apart of the local March for Babies walk, where I set-up a booth of CH materials and talked with those interested in the program. It was another full week for Creation Health - Greene County!

Happy Weekend, friends!

About the Author: Erin Franklin is the Creation Health Coordinator for Greene County, the Head Volleyball Coach at Greeneville High School and the Founder/Director at Worthy of the Prize Sports Ministries. Erin has a BBA in Marketing and Management from TCU and a Masters of Christian Education in Church Recreation from Southwestern Seminary. She is a published, award-winning author and poet. Purchase her book Worthy of the Prize Sports Camps: A Church's Guide to Implementing an Effective, Community-Reaching Christian Sports Camp to be used as an outreach tool for your church or mission organization, and her ebook find joy in the journey: how 12 women could face tomorrow just because He lives for inspiring stories of women who found overwhelming joy despite their circumstances. Erin is the wife of Aaron, the Minister of Music & Senior Adults at FBC Greeneville, and the momma of 2 sons, Anderson and EJ. Click here for full bio.

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