Blount BEneFITs seeks nominations for Ready, Set Move! awards

Blount BEneFITs, an action team of the Blount County Community Health Initiative (CHI), is seeking award nominations for the second annual Ready, Set, Move! Awards.

Local schools and businesses that are taking steps within their organizations to promote, contribute to and enhance the quality of life through healthy lifestyle opportunities are encouraged to apply.

There are three categories for businesses and schools for which an organization can be nominated. The categories for businesses are: Small (one to 25 full-time employees), Medium (26-59 full-time employees) and Large (51 or more full-time employees). The categories for schools are: Elementary (grades K-5), Intermediate/Middle (grades 5-8) and High (grades 9-12).

One overall winner and one runner-up will be selected from each category. Overall winners will receive a plaque and an award sign to post outside their facility. Winners also will be recognized for their efforts at an awards ceremony. The runner-up recipients will receive a framed certificate at the awards ceremony.

Organizations must complete the appropriate nomination form, which can be obtained by calling Blount Memorial community outreach coordinator Judy Clabough at 865-977-5718. A 250-word or less program description is required, along with support materials for the organization’s program or efforts. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 11. Awards winners will be selected and notified by Thursday, April 14.

The cities of Maryville and Alcoa, along with Blount County now are proclaimed to be a “We Can!” community, which unites and promotes all of the health and wellness initiatives in Blount County. “We Can!” - Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition - was developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to help communities address the issues of overweight children. Through Blount BEneFITs - the community’s health initiatives have been united to support and implement the “We Can” Community.

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