Get Fit Tennessee

Commissioner of Health visits Clayton Homes to tout program

Tennessee Commissioner of Health Susan Cooper recently visited Clayton Homes for a quick game of badminton with company CEO Kevin Clayton.

While it was a fun visit, Cooper’s goal was to recognize the company for its commitment to employee wellness. It was all part of a statewide tour to promote the Get Fit Tennessee program and the free tools available at

Clayton Homes has a wellness program with such amenities as an in-house gym that offers fitness classes and instruction and a cafeteria that offers a wide variety of healthy menu options. Senior management who regularly participate in the activities also support the program.

After her badminton match with Clayton, Cooper took time to talk to employees about the Get Fit Tennessee program, followed by a presentation to Clayton.

Get Fit Tennessee is a statewide awareness program developed by Gov. Phil Bredesen with a focus on educating and empowering Tennesseans to move more and eat healthier to combat health risks like obesity, Type II diabetes, heart disease and stroke that are facing the state’s residents.

Tennesseans are finding success reaching healthy goals with Get Fit Tennessee’s online tools at to help them increase physical activity. Across the state people have been using the Fitness Tracker tool since its launch earlier this year to keep of their daily exercise and to challenge friends, colleagues or classmates to healthy competitions. Users now are able to use newly added nutrition tools to eat healthier, stay on track with meals and challenge friends to healthy weigh loss competitions, Cooper said.

“Too many Tennesseans continue to struggle with obesity and weight, but there is support available through Get Fit Tennessee and its website,” Gov. Bredesen said in a press release. “The program continues to broaden its free tools and assistance and I encourage Tennesseans to take advantage of this helpful program to manage and improve their overall health.”

Since its launch in February, nearly 1,100 new users from more than 70countis across the state have created a free online account with Get Fit Tennessee. More than 200 have joined a challenge created by Get Fit Tennessee while doesn’t of other users have created their own personal challenges.

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