School of Walk/Run TN


Are you an educator looking to include physical activity into your busy schedule for your students?

Shelby County Health Department, along with other community partners, offers The School of Walk & Run of Tennessee program.  This program aims to increase physical activity among students with the goal of walking at least 10,000 steps per day.  A walking club is a fun way for students and teachers to be more active.  Students will journey across Tennessee, walking together during the school year without even leaving their classroom!  Along the way, they will learn interesting science, health, history, and college/university facts that will increase their state knowledge and get them moving more!

Students are rewarded for reaching walking milestones with Shelby County Health Department incentives, such as: ear buds, visors, sweat towels, etc.

According to The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America released in 2017, Tennessee is ranked #6 as the state with the highest adult obesity rate in the nation.  The current rate is 34.8%, up from 20.9% in 2000 and from 11.1% in 1990.  In 2016, Tennessee ranked #1 in combined overweight and obesity rate at 37.7%, among 10-17 year olds.  Being overweight has been linked to chronic diseases, such as: obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis.

Walking is an easy and fun activity that requires minimal effort, strengthens bones, reduces excess weight, improves mental attitude, attention, and some measures of academic performance, and it may also help to prevent/control certain chronic diseases.

If you are interested in starting or reviving a walk/run club at your school, please email or call her at 901-222-9272.


It’s Quitting Time – Give it up

Quittips4Using 2 or more measures to quit smoking works better than using any one of them alone. Telephone stop-smoking hotlines are an easy-to-use resource, and they are available in all 50 states. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) to get more information on quitting tobacco.

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It’s Quitting Time – 3rd hand

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Thirdhand smoke is the smoke left behind—the harmful toxins that remain in places where people have smoked previously. Thirdhand smoke can be found in the walls of a bar, upholstery on the seats of a car, or even a child’s hair after a caregiver smokes near the child. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) to get more information on quitting tobacco.

#QuittinTimeTN18 #BIGGESTreasontoQuitisthesmallest #CarandHomeSmokefreeZone



 Have you heard about our #WeDontPuff program?

#WeDontPuff is a youth anti-tobacco initiative of the Shelby County Health Department that has the goal of making the current generation the first smoke-free generation in the history of Shelby County.  It combines instruction, marketing, and social media messages to encourage Shelby county youth to live a healthy lifestyle that does not include the use of tobacco or nicotine products.  #WeDontPuff is also a declaration that tobacco and nicotine products have no place in the lives of Shelby County youth in any capacity!

If smoking continues at the current rate among youth in this country, 5.6 million of today’s Americans, younger than 18, will die early from a smoking-related illness. That’s about 1 of every 13 Americans aged 17 years or younger alive today.

Each and every student in Shelby County has a reason to become more aware of the health risks and consequences associated with tobacco use/exposure. Thus, gaining support from Shelby County student leaders, educators, and parents is essential to helping our youth understand the risk/consequences that are associated with tobacco use/exposure each year.

Each year the Shelby County Health Department’s Youth Tobacco Prevention team continues to advance the cause of youth tobacco prevention through our programs #WeDontPuff and “Why Animals Don’t Smoke”.

As we continue to work to help make a difference in the lives of our Shelby County youth, we ask that you join us in reaching our goal of making the current generation the first smoke-free generation in the history of Shelby County.

Today, you can make an immediate difference in the lives of our Shelby County youth by partnering with us to help increase awareness of the dangers and risks associated with tobacco use/exposure.

If you would like to receive more information about how your school/ community can partner with us in the fight against the use/exposure of tobacco among our Shelby County youth, please do not hesitate to contact me at 901-222-9008 or via email at