UT to host networking and wellness fair

Jay FitzDowntown, Our Town Health

A healthy workforce is the goal of most businesses. With that in mind, the Knox County Health Department and the East Tennessee Wellness Roundtable will host a networking and wellness fair on Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the UT Culinary Institute and Creamery. Those interested in employee wellness, including local businesses and students, are invited to attend.

Attendees will be able to visit a dozen different organizations that offer free and low-cost resources related to employee wellness. Because wellness encompasses the whole person, this event will showcase resources for mental health, physical activity, disease prevention, breastfeeding, local food resources, addiction recovery and support, and more.

“The average U.S. citizen spends 90,000 hours in the workplace during their lifetime,” said Kaela McIver, nutritionist at the Knox County Health Department. “With most of the population employed, worksite wellness programs are an important component in improving population health.”

Organizations scheduled to be at the event include:

  • American Heart Association
  • Bike Walk Knoxville
  • Smart Trips/I BIKE KNX
  • Mental Health Association of East Tennessee
  • Females in Action (FiA)
  • Metro Drug Coalition
  • Alzheimer’s Tennessee
  • Tennessee Men’s Health Network
  • KCHD’s Smoking Cessation Team
  • East Tennessee Wellness Roundtable
  • Nourish Knoxville
  • Willis Towers Watson

The first health department in Tennessee to achieve national voluntary accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board, the Knox County Health Department is dedicated to ensuring the conditions in which every resident can be healthy. Info here. www.knoxcounty.org/health.

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