Knox County Tennessee

Healthy S.W.A.G. is back

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Join us for the Healthy S.W.A.G. Fall 2013 event: Life’s Amazing on Saturday, November 2 at Bearden High School from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Registration is required.

Teens will experience a life-size, interactive health “maze” designed to demonstrate how their choices can impact their life and health. At the end, teens are challenged to change two things to improve their health. Additional workshops include a healthy food presentation, distracted driving demonstration, physical activity circuit and much more. The goals are:

  • To help teens understand the long-term implications of the decisions they make today, and
  • To help teens understand that being healthy includes not just nutrition and physical activity, but also emotional, behavioral and environmental health.

Music, food and prizes all geared towards a healthy lifestyle are also included. Teens attending the half-day event will walk away with new friends and healthy lifestyle plans created by them. Community learning hours are available.

  • Check out our Healthy SWAG flyer here
  • Download the registration form here

The registration deadline has been extended to October 30th!

Why Healthy S.W.A.G.?

For several years, TENNderCARE has worked to improve the health of children in Knoxville and Knox County. Seeing marginal improvements in health screening rates among teens, the staff decided to refocus some of its outreach efforts toward this special group.

Through brainstorming, gathering information, rallying community partners and creating a dialogue with teens, the staff realized the extent of the need for health outreach to area teens. TENNderCARE and its partners decided to become change agents for teen health. Few community efforts addressing this issue existed at the time, and so a teen health conference was born.

History of Healthy SWAG:
  • 2010: The first conference called Healthy U: 101 was held at UTK. It included a keynote speaker (David Griffin, contestant on “The Biggest Loser”), GoTrybe and breakout sessions.
  • 2011: The Healthy U: 201 conference welcomed former NFL player Franco Harris as its keynote speaker.
  • 2012: The name of the conference changed to Healthy S.W.A.G., which means (Students Working to Achieve Greatness), and the first “Let’s Move” flash mob occurred at the event held at Central High School.
  • 2013: At the March conference, “Voice” Finalist Jamar Rogers inspired the group with his life story including overcoming drug addiction and being diagnosed with HIV.

Our partners: TENNderCare, Knox County Health Department, Knox County Schools Coordinated School Health, Knox County Schools, KAPPI, Teen Health Empowerment Study, Youth Health Board, BlueCare Tennessee, and United Healthcare Community Plan

Click here for more information about TENNderCARE.

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Knox County Tennessee - Health Department

Main Clinic
140 Dameron Ave,
Knoxville, TN 37917

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Please Note:

On the first Wednesday of every month (except August), all KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning for staff in-service. On these days, the main location (140 Dameron Ave.) will open at 11 a.m. and the West Clinic (1028 Old Cedar Bluff) will open at 11:30 a.m.
Clinics will also open at 10 a.m. (Main location), and 10:30 a.m. (West Clinic) on the following Wednesdays:
  • January 18
  • April 19
  • July 19
  • September 20

*All other offices will open at 8 a.m.

Infant and childhood immunizations as well as adult vaccines by appointment ONLY. Please call 865-215-5950.

1028 Old Cedar Bluff
Knoxville, TN 37923

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Clinics will also open at 10 a.m. (Main location), and 10:30 a.m. (West Clinic) on the following Wednesdays:
  • January 18
  • April 19
  • July 19
  • September 20

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