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eWellness 2010 Results

     The Knox County School System has completed the third phase of the Internet-based eWellness program created by University of Tennessee.
 
     The eWellness program, developed by Professor Betty Greer, was made available to the Knox County Schools Staff through a partnership with Knox County Extension. Three hundred and eighty nine registered to participate in the program and formed teams to develop a support system for adopting healthier lifestyles. Special thanks to KCS Board Members Indya Kincannon, Karen Carson and Robert Bratton and KCS Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre for participating in the 2010 eWellness phase.

Becky Fox with KCS Staff

     Personal goals included consuming more fruits and vegetables, choosing unsweetened beverages, and increasing physical activity. Points were calculated through an on-line diary.  Staff members logged in the following measures during this eight-week phase of the program: 27,941 servings of fruit; 37,565 servings of vegetables; 64,858 cups of unsweetened beverage; and 336,036 minutes of physical activity.
 
     Program awards were provided by the Runner’s Market; Becky Fox of Fox Fitness; Subway; EarthFare; Kroger; Knoxville Marathon; and Coordinated School Health.  Mercy Health Partners provided an award to Fulton High School for the Top School Top eWellness Team: Valley VampsAward.                                                                                                                    
 
     The “Valley Vamps” from Hardin Valley Elementary were awarded 1st place for Team Healthy Lifestyle Award. “Step Sisters” from Farragut Middle, “Signing Off” from West High School and “Fine Fit Ladies” from Pond Gap Elementary School were other top team winners.
 
     The Individual Physical Activity Award and gift certificate from the Runner’s Market was presented to Emily Dalton from Fulton High School.  Emily logged in 8,830 minutes of physical activity as she trained for the Knoxville Marathon. The 2nd place Individual Physical Activity Award Winner was Gwendolyn Headrick from West High School. Gwendolyn just completed her first half-marathon.
                                                                                                                                     Top Team: Valley Vamps
 
     All participants who lost at least 5% of their body mass were entered into a drawing for a Wii System and Wii Fit Board. Bill Baldwin from Fulton High School was the random drawing prize winner.
 
     Health Screenings were provided by KCS Health Services. Forty-four staff members participated in both pre and post screenings. Eighty percent of participants screened lost weight and 43% lowered their blood pressure.
 
     KCS Human Resources, Trinity Medical Associates and the Knoxville Track Club served as event volunteers.
 

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