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Reaching Out to Create a Healthier East Tennessee

To improve the health of the community, Covenant Health reaches beyond hospital walls. Local initiatives and partnerships create opportunities to interact with people of all ages and encourage healthier lifestyles.
  • In Knoxville nearly 7,000 people participated in the 2012 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon, which attracted local runners and hand cyclists, as well as competitors from throughout the U.S. and other countries.

  • The Covenant Kids Run attracted over 1,000 children who participated in a “marathon” of activities over a period of several weeks, culminating in a run to Neyland Stadium on the day before the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon.

  • Covenant BodyWorks OConner classCovenant Health’s bodyWORKS program makes community fitness classes convenient, affordable, and fun! With more than 80 classes offered weekly throughout East Tennessee, bodyWORKS offers a variety of exercise options for adults of all ages and fitness levels.

  • Covenant Health was the fitness sponsor of the Dogwood Arts Festival, held annually in April. Activities included several outdoor walks, “Bikes and Blooms” bike rides on local dogwood trails, and a Dogwood Mile run and Kids Race held in downtown Knoxville.

  • Covenant Health sponsors HonorAir Knoxville, a program which pays tribute to East Tennessee World War II and Korean War veterans by flying as many of them as possible to Washington, D.C., to see the memorials built in their honor.

  • Covenant Passport is a free membership program for adults age 50 and older. The program encourages healthy, active lifestyles through a newsletter, community presentations, health screenings, and travel/recreation opportunities. Nearly 25,000 members are currently enrolled.

  • Covenant Health annually sponsors M*A*S*H* Camp at Methodist Medical Center to give high school students a sneak preview of healthcare career options and a chance to “job shadow” professionals in several hospital departments.

  • Katerpillar Kids CampCovenant HomeCare Hospice helps children grieving the loss of a loved one through Katerpillar Kids Camp, offered with the support of Variety-The Children’s Charity. The camp is staffed by health system volunteers and helps children in grades 1-12 express their feelings in a supportive environment while enjoying camp activities.

  • Morristown-Hamblen’s Wellness of Women is dedicated to improving the lives of area women and their families. The program sponsors events such as an annual Girls Night Out, which offers free health screenings and encourages women to have fun while learning to stay healthy.

  • The Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center leads the Innovation Recreation Cooperative, a collaboration of groups and individuals who help disabled persons enjoy leisure and recreation activities such as water skiing and cycling.

  • Fort Loudoun Medical Center sponsors “Let’s Move Day” for area children and their families, featuring a day of games and activities, healthy snacks, and fitness checks.