Health Education

A Healthier Community

The Putnam County Health Department develops primary prevention initiatives (PPI) within the community.  Primary Prevention Initiatives are interventions that are implemented before there is evidence of a disease or injury.  The health department conducts outreach to a variety of places within our community including Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Classes, Chronic Disease Self-Management Classes, Diabetes Self-Management Classes, Worksite Wellness Programs.  PCHD collaborates with many community partners to increase knowledge of how to become a healthier and more productive community.

Community Garden

The Putnam County Health Department partners with Sun, Seed and Soil Horticultural Therapy in cultivating a community garden in Putnam County.  PCHD engages the community on the importance of eating healthy and getting your daily intake of fruits and vegetables.  PCHD also engages the public on the importance of beginning, maintaining and incorporating physical activity in their their daily routine.

Chronic Disease Self-Management Classes

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is a Free 6 week workshop offered by the health department.  This workshop will cover physical activity, healthy eating, communication skills, medication usage, working with your health care professionals and much more.  At the end of the workshop, the participates will have gained the necessary knowledge to be able to self manage their chronic condition and work effectively with their health care professionals.

Diabetes Self-Management Program

The Diabetes Self Management Program  is a FREE 6 week workshop.  The workshop with educate participants on nutrition, healthy eating, preventing low blood sugar, preventing complications, monitoring blood sugar, skin and foot care, medication and much more.  At the end of the workshop, participants will have gained the necessary knowledge to be able to self manage their chronic condition and work effectively with their health care professionals.

Summer Lunch Backpack Program

The Putnam County Health Department partners with Highlands Residential Services to offer school aged children a healthy lunch during the summer months when school is not in session.  This program also teaches the children of importance of physical activity and healthy eating.

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The Putnam County Health Department partners with Cookeville Police Department, Coordinated School Health and Highlands Residential Services in teaching school aged children on the importance of Physical Activity and Healthy Eating.

Worksite Wellness

The Putnam County Health Department partners with various work sites and organizations in Putnam County to promote health and wellness.  PCHD develops a tailored worksite wellness program to meet the needs of each individual organization and offers Blood Pressure screenings, weight checks, BMI checks, educational information, trainings and health promotion activities.  PCHD educates participants on increasing physical activity, healthy eating, portion control, and weight management.

For more information, contact Lisa Bumbalough 931-528-2531 ext 1048 or Katie Woodard 931-528-2531 ext 1046.