The Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness, through its Healthier Tennessee initiative, announced the launch of an innovative, web-based “Small Starts” tool to enable Tennesseans to make small changes in their everyday lives that can lead to improved health.
“Drastic changes in diet and physical activity are usually overwhelming and hard for people to maintain,” Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness CEO Rick Johnson said. “But making small, simple changes in your daily routine can, over time, add up to a big health difference. Changing your day a little can eventually change your life a lot.”
The Small Starts tool, available on the newly enhanced www.healthierTN.com, offers a choice of more than 60 small, personal health challenges that encourage physical activity, healthy eating, and tobacco cessation.
Small Starts is simple, and easily accessible on desktops, tablets or smartphones, so participants are more likely to use it consistently and have successful results. Each small change will function as a gateway to bigger change, and over time, to healthier behaviors. Users can track their completed challenges and stats, and share their participation and achievements through social media.
Tennesseans who sign up to participate in Small Starts during the first five weeks of the program, Jan. 23 to Feb. 27, will be automatically qualified for the “Fresh Start Giveaway.” They are also eligible for bonus entries each time they share a Small Start using the web-based application.
Each week during the giveaway, three eligible participants will be drawn at random to win prizes including fitness gear and gift cards for health-related products and services.