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Blount Benefits’ “Ready, Set, Move! Award” Winners Announced

Blount BEneFITs, part of the Blount County Community Health Initiative, announced the recipients of its fifth annual “Ready, Set, Move! Awards” at the Blount County Public Library on Thursday, May 1. The awards are designed to recognize Blount County businesses or schools that are actively promoting and embracing healthy living through creative programs encouraging good nutrition and increased physical activity.

“It’s recognition for schools or businesses that understand that their students and employees need to be healthy,” said Blount Memorial Foundation community outreach coordinator Judy Clabough. “This year, we’re awarding winners who have started all new healthy living programs, as well as some who have expanded existing programs,” she added.

This year’s first-place winners include:

  • Porter Elementary School
  • Alcoa High School
  • Chip E. Webb Family Dentistry
  • Blount Memorial Diabetes Management Center
  • Asbury Place
  • Maryville-Alcoa-Blount County Parks and Recreation

Winners were selected from three categories of businesses and schools. Category levels for businesses included small (1-25 full-time employees), medium (26-29 full-time employees) and large (51 or more full-time employees). For schools, category levels included elementary (grades K-5), intermediate/middle (grades 5-8) and high (grades 9-12).

Blount Memorial’s own Diabetes Management Center was among this year’s winners, and was recognized for its efforts to promote diabetes education and for incentivizing patients to complete their program. “There are still a lot of people who live in Blount County and surrounding areas who have diabetes and may not realize that there is a diabetes management center right here to help them,” said program coordinator Dawn Hollaway from the Blount Memorial Diabetes Management Center.

In addition to a plaque recognizing their efforts, each winner receives an outdoor sign to promote their efforts all year long. “It allows the school or company to sort of show off what they’re doing,” Clabough said. “Hopefully, more people see that recognition and think ‘That’s something that we can do, too.’”

For more information, contact Judy Clabough at 865-977-5718.

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