"The objective of the Get Fit Franklin is to improve the overall health of our residents to take the first step to fitness — or take the next step — by stepping out their front door and going for a walk on existing sidewalks or walking trails. "

A 2011 Visioning process conducted by Franklin Tomorrow in its nine topic areas — Business, Community Character, Education, Environment, Government, Growth & Development, Housing, Recreation, and Transportation — found a need to include the health and well-being of our community, leading to this project.

Let’s Get Fit

Franklin Tomorrow is proud to launch its community co-operative initiative, Get Fit Franklin, thanks to the support of their founding partner, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, and other partners, including the City of Franklin. This project is designed to encourage residents to take the first steps to a healthier, more active community by stepping out their front door. Participants, who register for the program, will receive t-shirts and other promotional materials as part of the program.

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Let’s Get Started

Get Fit Franklin quarterly event May 3 at Westhaven

The Get Fit Franklin project, presented by Franklin Tomorrow and founding partner BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, will hold its quarterly event on Saturday, at Westhaven Town Center, 1001 Westhaven Blvd., from 9-11 a.m.

Join us at 9 a.m. to visit area fitness vendors and organizations, participate in workout demonstrations, and register for door prizes. To register, follow this link.

There is no cost to participate in Get Fit Franklin and groups of all sizes and ages are welcome. Participants who have already registered for the program and received their t-shirts and pedometers will receive another special gift. New participants are welcome and will receive a special bag designed to get them started.

Among the organizations set to participate as vendors are Quest Fitness, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Vanderbilt Health, Aegis Healthcare, Mercy Community Healthcare, Elements Massage, the Wiliamson County Health Department and several others.

Vanderbilt Health is the sponsor of Get Fit Franklin’s quarterly events.

An added benefit for participants and new registrants in Get Fit Franklin is Aegis Health Group, in conjunction with Mercy Community Healthcare, on May 3 will be offering free, confidential health surveys coupled with biometric health screenings to event attendees that will only take about 10 minutes to complete. Due to time limitations, the screenings will be limited to the first 75 participants present that day.

Those who were screened at the March 1 Get Fit Franklin event are not eligible for rescreening at this time.

Through OneCommunity, an online health portal offered by Aegis Health Group, participants can then view their personal health report. OneCommunity offers a password-protected view to their personal health profile including health risks and customized content outlining areas for improvement with recommended activities to achieve better health.

Participants will have access to their personalized Website on OneCommunity that also enables them to track and monitor their health habits, like diet and exercise activities, for one year.

“We are all about using online convenience to help individuals get healthy and making engagement with their healthcare providers easy,” said Bill Walker, chief technology officer of Aegis Health Group, headquartered in Brentwood.

Aegis Health Group has assisted hundreds of hospitals with business development strategies for 25 years. Its award-winning Population Health Management solutions grow hospital market share by engaging with local consumers and employers in the communities they serve. For more information go to www.AegisGroup.com.

Mercy Community Healthcare is located in the Williamson Square Shopping Center located at 1113 Murfreesboro Road in Franklin. Providing quality and compassionate healthcare to both the insured and uninsured in Williamson and surrounding counties with a focus on Pediatrics, Adult Primary Care and Integrated Mental & Behavioral Health Services. More information can be found at www.mercycommunityhealthcare.org.

Get Fit Franklin, through its Web site and other means, provide residents with pre-measured and marked walking routes in an effort to increase the level of physical activity among the city’s residents. All routes utilize existing sidewalk networks, which will focus attention on where connectivity exists in the city, but also where sidewalks and connectivity are lacking.

New participants can pick up their registration packet, which includes a Get Fit Franklin t-shirt, pedometer provided by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, and a lanyard to identify you as part of the program. Additional items in the registration bag include health and wellness information from Vanderbilt Health and other area fitness and healthcare organizations.

Those already registered for Get Fit Franklin will receive a goody bag as well and all attendees will be eligible for giveaways and door prizes!

Bring the whole family! T-shirts are available in adult and youth sizes!

Franklin Tomorrow is a non-profit community visioning nonprofit which has as its mission to engage the community, foster collaboration, and advocate for a shared vision for the future of Franklin that includes a vibrant economy, great people, distinct character, and robust neighborhoods. For more information, contact Mindy Tate, Franklin Tomorrow executive director, at 794-0998 or mindy@franklintomorrow.org.

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Let’s Get Walking

 

We all know the health benefits of walking, not only will you feel and look better, but things like lowering your blood pressure, your blood sugar levels, plus dropping a few pounds, should help  get you off the couch and out with others trying to accomplish the same things.

We will provide you the tools you need to get started and keep going on a healthy walking program.

Here you will find routes around the city where you can safely walk.  The routes are measured and mapped for your convenience.  The Franklin Transit Authority operates on many of these routes should you need a ride.

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