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Highlighting the people and organizations dedicated to improving the health of Tennesseans.
Highlighting the people and organizations dedicated to improving the health of Tennesseans.

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Shape the State PE grants provide new equipment, curriculum and a wellness stipend to winning middle schools in Tennessee. Valued at $10,000, grants will be awarded to 20 schools, and applications are being accepted now. Share with the educators you know and encourage them to apply today! #ShapeTheState

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When a pregnant woman is addicted to drugs, her baby goes into withdrawal as soon as he or she is born.

It’s a terrible reality, but one that nurse Sheri Smith knows too well. So many Tennessee babies are born dependent, Smith's team had to create their own protocol to handle it. What she says everyone should know about neonatal abstinence syndrome: http://ow.ly/ZtXKN

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Bicycling is a great way for kids to get fit, but many parents can't afford a new bike for every child. In Memphis, 1 program is bridging that gap. http://ow.ly/ZtXGR

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“Have you ever seen Mean Girls?”

Maya Thirkill jokes when asked about the hardest part of leading a group of teen girls, but her point is well-taken. As the 16-year-old leader of an infant mortality awareness initiative, her challenge isn’t just teaching her peers how to save babies’ lives — it’s working with her peers to figure out how to do that. http://ow.ly/ZtXAl

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Everyone knows music is powerful. At the Taylor Swift Education Center, it's also healing.

How 1 new program helps boost creativity and improve mental health: http://ow.ly/ZtXuk

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Ekundayo Bandele knows about special needs children, in part because his daughter was one. Now that she's an adult, Bandele is using theater to give her something many special needs adults don't have: a healthy social life. http://bit.ly/hattiloo

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If you're trying to eat healthy, a list of foods to avoid seems helpful — but where does that leave you long-term? One Tennessee program has shown there's a better way, and it starts in the grocery store. ‪#‎NNM‬ ‪#‎NationalNutritionMonth‬ http://ow.ly/ZtXeN

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Estranged from his sister because of his drinking, David was staying at an extended-stay motel. When he got to Welcome Home of Chattanooga, everything changed. How a little common ground and 1 photograph gave them closure in David’s final days: http://ow.ly/ZtX1T

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In Tennessee, 6,000 kids under 18 become new smokers each year.

And a new study shows smoking may cause problems with more than just your health: http://ow.ly/UJ0g0

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#GoNoodle gets kids bodies and minds moving, but did you know teachers also say it helps them bond with kids?

And that, in turn, helps create better learning environments.
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