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About Healthier Tennessee


The Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to enabling and encouraging Tennesseans to lead healthier lives. Based in Nashville, the Foundation brings together a statewide coalition of employers, health insurers, hospital systems, local governments, school systems and healthcare-focused foundations and community organizations to effect positive, measurable change.


The Foundation’s Healthier Tennessee initiative strives to increase the number of Tennesseans who are physically active for at least 30 minutes five times a week, promote a healthy diet, and reduce the number of people who use tobacco. The Foundation is funded through a combination of public and private-sector sources and is guided by a Board of Directors. A staff of eight professionals has been assembled to direct the Foundation and implement the Healthier Tennessee initiative.

Financial support for
Healthier Tennessee comes from

  • The State of Tennessee
  • HCA
  • Blue Cross of TN
  • International Paper
  • United Health
  • Eastman Chemical
  • First TN Bank
  • Amerigroup
  • Methodist
  • Baptist Health
  • Scripps
  • Clayton
  • Lifepoint
  • Cigna
  • Bridgestone
  • Vanderbilt
  • Mountain States
  • Regional One Health
  • Delta Dental
  • Clayton Associates
  • UTMC Foundation for Health and Wellness

Board of Directors

  • William F. Carpenter III CEO, LifePoint Health
  • Reginald Coopwood CEO, Regional One Health
  • Steve Corbeil CEO, HCA Tri-Star Hospitals
  • C. Wright Pinson MBA, MD, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs CEO, Vanderbilt Health System
  • Perry Stuckey Senior VP, HR, Eastman Chemical Co.
  • Bryan Jordan Chairman, President & CEO, First Horizon National Corporation
  • Andrea Willis MD CMO, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
  • Agenia Clark CEO, Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee
  • Jamie Woodson CEO, State Collaborative on Reforming Education
  • Richard Johnson CEO, Governor's Foundation for Health & Wellness
  • Larry Martin Commissioner, TN Dept. of Finance & Admin.

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Advisory Councils

The councils below were formed to provide guidance, expert advice, and evaluation of programs and tools that the Foundation selects, encourages, and enables. They will offer opinions and comments on performance measures and the initiative’s messaging and awareness campaigns. Panel members will advise the Foundation’s staff, be a resource for its Board of Directors, and serve as a sounding board and authority for those engaged in its work.

  • Scientific Directs overall program and tool evaluation.
  • Workplace Emphasizes program and tool evaluation as it relates to workplaces.
  • Children & Youth Focuses on program and tool evaluation with an emphasis on those directed at children and youth and at those who teach, develop, and support them.
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