Health and Wellness

Knox County helps local health care providers absorb the costs of treating 1,100 of the county's poorest residents. The indigent care program was adopted about three decades ago. The program's budget reached a high-water mark in 2007 and has been pared back since. This spring, Knox County's health department asked for a funding boost (to $4.5 million - a $200,000 increase). County mayor Glenn Jacobs had different plans.

Brandon Hollingsworth, WUOT News

Efforts to improve the health of the 6.6 million people who call Tennessee home have been successful, but people who study and analyze health and well-being say much more needs to be done.

The Governor's Foundation for Health and Wellness kicked off a six-city presentation tour in Knoxville on Tuesday. The bottom line, as outlined by foundation chair Rick Johnson, is that a focus on personal habits - such as exercise, diet and tobacco use - has moved the needle in a positive direction since 2013, but more substantial change will require a bigger, longer-term effort.

WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

A survey of 1200 Tennesseans shows they know the importance of eating right and exercising.  They know they shouldn’t smoke.  They even say they’re ready to make changes in their habits. 

But few are actually going through with it.

The survey was conducted on behalf of the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness, part of Governor Bill Haslam’s Healthier Tennessee initiative.