Friday, January 27, 2017

And That's a Wrap

Somehow 2016 flew away without me wrapping everything up and placing a nice little bow on top. Pun intended. In fact, as I look back over the blog, there are so many things I forgot to tell you about. No worries though, here is a quick synopsis since you last heard from me in October.

As always, November and December were very busy months for Creation Health. At the beginning of November, I had the pleasure of speaking to the Breast Cancer Support Group @ Takoma. I basically gave them an overview of the CREATION acronym principles as they apply to their journey and sent them home with cute tote bags full of goodies. It is always inspiring to be with people who face life's toughest battles with such positive strength and grace, surrounded by their faithful supporters.

I do not have a picture, but I also got to speak to the Greene County Partnership Youth Leadership group as they took their annual tour of the hospital for one of their leadership training days. Again, I gave an overview of the letter principles and gave them books to take with them. Working with students is one of my favorite things to do and this group is the cream of the crop as they have to apply for acceptance into this competitive program.

For the second time, I got to be apart of the Worthington Industries Health Fair. I just loving working with companies who are encouraging their employees to be healthy and providing opportunities for them to do just that. Mostly, I passed out materials and information while promoting our awesome Creation Health Nature Trail located right here in town. 

It was a privilege to have Des Cummings Jr., one of the authors of Creation Health, here at Takoma in November as well. He gave a wonderful presentation on Creation Health as it relates to healthcare & distributed copies of his new book "Live Life to the Fullest" (which is not yet available for purchase) to everyone in attendance. This will be another great resource for all of us who are together on this journey to better health.

In December, I got to be apart of the Diabetes Holiday Health Fair @ Takoma for the 4th straight year. It is always a fun way to kick off the holiday season with friends, as we pass out materials to help people on their wellness journey, even showing them ways to stay on track during the holidays.

In addition to these events, I spent a lot of time the past few months revamping our coaches program (which I will tell you more about soon) and spent even more time working alongside my fellow Greene County Health Council Members to make Greene County a Let's Move community by reaching goals related to physical activity and nutrition, among other things. 

I am happy to report that I hosted a Creation Health Coaches Christmas Breakfast in December to celebrate my new and existing coaches, and got to celebrate with my fellow health council members as we received gold medals in all 5 Let's Move categories, officially making Greene County a Let's Move community and giving us the opportunity to become a Let's Move All Star community. I must say it was pretty cool to have Mayor Daniels present us with a plaque and letter from Michelle Obama, complete with the White House seal!

I'd say it was another successful year for Creation Health! I will be back soon to report 2017 happenings, hopefully in a more timely manner. Hope everyone is enjoying the new year so far!

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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