Named by local teens, TBH100 stands for Talkin’ Bout Health and keeping it 100 percent real. TBH100 Youthfest is a conference for teens that promotes healthy lifestyle decisions. At the conference, teens experience an interactive “maze” designed to demonstrate how their choices impact their life and health. At the end of the day, teens are challenged to change two things to improve their health.
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.
Why Healthy TBH 100?
For several years, the TennCare Kids Community Outreach staff have worked to improve the health of children in 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. The TennCare Kids Community Outreach team and their 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 the Teen Conference
- 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.
- Fall 2013: Healthy S.W.A.G. was an Amazing Life challenge and the first teen maze was introduced in Knox County. The Game of Life, became a realization as teens experienced “real” life challenges and consequences.
TennCare Kids, Knox County Health Department, Knox County Schools Coordinated School Health, Knox County Schools, KAPPI, Teen Health Empowerment Study, Youth Health Board, BlueCare Tennessee, United Healthcare Community Plan, Smoke-Free Knoxville, AAA of East Tennessee, Mental Health Association, Boys and Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley, Metropolitan Drug Commission, National Health Care Homeless Council, Cherokee Health Systems, Project GRAD, DentaQuest, Healthy Families, TN Department of Children Services, TN Department of Human Services, United State Army, UT Police Department, Knox County Juvenile Court and Western Heights Dental.
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