Cherokee County (KETK) — A group in Cherokee County is empowering people to get fit and improve their lifestyle, and they are expanding their health reach to cover more territory with the “FitCounty” program.
Chris Tayor, Executive Director of Public Health in Cherokee County says, "Our goal is to empower individuals to change their lifestyle, they have opportunities to do things differently then they've done in the past."
Taylor says, making fitness fun, and convenient is the key, and all the tools are available inside Cherokee county, he says, "What they need is right here at home, and all they need to do is take advantage of it.” He also says, you get better results when it’s a group effort, “Healthy eating and healthy exercise is for the family, it's not just for mom and dad to go off to the gym, and leave the kids at home, it's less screen time, it's less sodas, and more activity.”
Kimbery Benton, Cherokee County’s Texas A&M Agri-life Extension Agent, is at the this "fit-county" event to educate people on how to grow their own produce, she says, “Put it in the ground, grow it yourself, get your hands dirty, it makes you feel good, it's positive on a lot of levels.”
Benton says, you can start by growing the easy stuff, and work your way up, "Tomatoes, everybody love to grow tomatoes."
The FitCounty initiative was designed to promote health in Cherokee county for entire whole family, and the kids are catching on. 7-year-old Andrew tells KETK, “Eat your healthy food…so you don't get sick."
Taylor says, they hope to expand the "fit" program to all of East Texas in the near future.