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Get started with Small Starts

Explore our complete list of Small Starts below. Get started by marking the ones you and your congregation want to turn into habits. Plus, mark the activities you and your congregation are already doing so you can get credit for them.

Open Your Facilities

Open Your Facilities

Let members use your space for physical activity

Meet & Eat Healthy

Meet & Eat Healthy

Bring healthier snacks to meetings and events

Water, Water Everywhere

Water, Water Everywhere

Make drinking water available throughout your facilities

Stairways to Health

Stairways to Health

Encourage members to take the stairs more often

Buy Into Better Choices

Buy Into Better Choices

Offer healthier options in vending machines, cafeterias, and snack bars

Build Your Library

Build Your Library

Add exercise-related resources to your library

Open Up to Health

Open Up to Health

Let members use your facilities for healthy eating classes

Team Up

Team Up

Sponsor a team in a local sports league for your members

Promote Walking

Promote Walking

Create walking routes around your place of worship

Help Them Quit

Help Them Quit

Promote established programs that can help members stop using tobacco

Talk It Up: Healthy Food

Talk It Up: Healthy Food

Promote healthier eating in all your communications

Build Your Library

Build Your Library

Add healthy eating resources to your collection

Talk It Up: Exercise

Talk It Up: Exercise

Promote physical activity in your communications

Host a Farmers Market

Host a Farmers Market

Let your members sell fresh produce after worship events

Host a Healthy Food Drive

Host a Healthy Food Drive

Donate healthier foods to those in need

Set a Dinner Series

Set a Dinner Series

Encourage members to make dinners with healthier food options

Accept the Challenge

Accept the Challenge

Promote challenges and competitions focused on physical activity

Take Breaks to Move

Take Breaks to Move

Get up and stretch during long meetings and classes

Host Support Meetings

Host Support Meetings

Open your facilities for tobacco cessation classes

Create a Cookbook

Create a Cookbook

Compile a list of healthy recipes from your members

Walk & Worship

Walk & Worship

Form a walking club that includes a spiritual aspect

Hey Partner

Hey Partner

Create partnerships with local gyms to get discounts

Let Your Garden Grow

Let Your Garden Grow

Plant a garden full of healthy produce



The three required Small Starts

To become recognized as an official Healthier Tennessee Place of Worship, just complete the three required Small Starts below, plus seven others of your choice. Why are these three Small Starts required? Because they’re fundamental to a successful, sustainable wellness program — and a perfect way to start.

Go Tobacco-Free

Go Tobacco-Free

Create a written policy banning tobacco from your facilities

Required
Walk the Talk

Walk the Talk

Ask your leadership to support the program

Required
Say Congrats

Say Congrats

Recognize your members for their participation and achievement

Required

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