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About Get Healthy, Live Well

Acclaimed anthropologist Margaret Meade once said, “Never underestimate the power of a few committed people to change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Meade’s words are proving true in west Georgia, as evidenced by the work of hundreds of volunteers with Get Healthy, Live Well, a comprehensive community health collaborative led by Tanner Health System working to educate, promote and develop sustained conditions for healthier lifestyles in west Georgia.

Many people in west Georgia are suffering with chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer. Most risks for these diseases are linked to lifestyle behaviors that can be changed to prevent the onset and reduce the severity of illness. But sadly, many of west Georgia’s low-income and rural residents lack the resources needed to make healthy changes.

Recognizing the barriers that prevent people from adopting healthy habits, Tanner Health System is leading the charge to address these critical needs in west Georgia. In 2012, Tanner was awarded a $1.22 million Community Transformation Grant (CTG) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide a lifeline to those most in need of assistance. Tanner was one of only eight hospitals in the country—and the only hospital in the southeast—to receive the award.

In recognition of these efforts, Tanner was named a “Public Health Hero” in 2013 by the Georgia Department of Public Health.

The mission of Get Healthy, Live Well

Get Healthy Live Well is working to promote a healthy lifestyle and prevent chronic disease for residents of Carroll, Haralson and Heard counties by:

  • Decreasing health disparities
  • Reducing obesity rates
  • Eliminating tobacco use
  • Increasing physical activity
  • Improving nutrition

We are a community network, built through collaboration and partnership, working to educate, promote and develop sustained conditions for healthier lifestyles where people live, work and play in these communities.

Your health matters

Taking even small steps to improve your health by becoming more active, eating a nutritious diet, quitting smoking and getting connected to your community can make a tremendous positive difference in your overall well-being. That’s why we’re inviting west Georgians to:

  • Be Well
  • Eat Healthy
  • Get Fit

Get Healthy Live Well is focusing on each theme with a variety of programs and awareness campaigns to offer valuable resources to west Georgians. They include free tobacco cessation classes, health education classes, walking groups, cooking classes and opportunities to be of service by volunteering.

Get Healthy Live Well funding and governance

In September 2012, Tanner Health System was awarded a Community Transformation Grant (CTG) from the CDC. The CTG Small Communities program, funded by the Affordable Care Act’s Prevention and Public Health Fund, supports state and local governmental agencies and community-based organizations in the implementation, evaluation and dissemination of evidence-based community health activities to reduce chronic disease rates, prevent the development of secondary conditions, address health disparities and develop effective prevention programming.

The CDC funded 40 organizations across the nation; however, Tanner was one of only eight hospitals in the country—and the only hospital in the southeast—to receive the award. Designed to create community solutions to problems created by chronic disease and their underlying risk factors, the grant awarded to Tanner provides the overall infrastructure to help guide, advance and support the efforts of the Tanner-led Get Healthy, Live Well collaborative.

In September 2014, the CDC awarded Tanner a Partnerships to Improve Community Health grant, which assisted the health system in its effort to pursue its community health objectives and optimize the prevention efforts of Get Healthy, Live Well. Get Healthy, Live Well’s efforts are guided by a comprehensive community action plan, which includes strategies addressing: 

  • Tobacco-free living 
  • Healthy food access 
  • Physical activity 
  • Chronic disease prevention, risk reduction and management opportunities 

Get Healthy, Live Well is steered by a leadership council and multiple sub-group task forces that work together to establish, advance and maintain effective strategies that continuously improve health and quality of life in west Georgia. Individuals on the leadership council and task forces, spanning the geographic area of Carroll, Haralson and Heard counties, represent various sectors and community partnerships, having knowledge and expertise within their specific sectors to find leverage that supports the desired outcomes of the initiative.

Guided by a comprehensive action plan, the Get Healthy, Live Well leadership council and task forces will engage people, ideas and resources across multiple settings to create a synergy of health and prevention efforts that will have a lasting effect on people’s health.

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