Live Fierce for a world of longer, healthier lives
Imagine a community where healthy choices are equitable and accessible and where your highway exit does not determine your health. Across Knoxville and surrounding communities, we are fighting for longer lives by making the places where we live, learn, work, play, pray, and heal as healthy as they can be.
In Knox County, your life expectancy can differ up to 10 years depending on what neighborhood you live in.
Do you know where you stand?
In America, 116.4 million adults have high blood pressure - and too many have no idea. Left undiagnosed, the condition can lead to heart attack or stroke. Help stop the “Silent Killer” by getting checked and making a generous gift to help a loved one in need.
Commit to a healthy future, and together let’s build the health of Knoxville.
A Culture of Health & Wellness
Everyone deserves the best possible life, and it starts right here in our community.
“In 2019 my father had an unexpected heart attack that nearly ended his life. Thanks to the innovations made possible through research by the American Heart Association, he was able to make a full recovery, and our children now have the gift of more time with their grandfather. This event made us very aware of how fortunate we are, but also how unfortunate millions of families are each year to lose loved ones to heart disease and stroke. Amy and I are chairing the Heart Walk to raise awareness across our community so that more families can enjoy the same precious gift of time that we now have with my father.”
Nathan Honeycutt, 2021 Heart Walk Chairman
Move more every day
Whether it’s a structured exercise program or just part of your daily routine, all exercise adds up to a healthier heart. Take the first step by walking. It's free, easy to do and when you have a walking companion, you're more likely to stay motivated. Check out Lakeshore Park, Ijam's Nature Center or Fountain City Greenway for a scenic, socially distanced place to walk!
Helping families learn Hands-Only CPR
Are you ready to save the life of someone you love? Your hands can do so many things. Like save someone from sudden cardiac arrest. If you go to any Boys and Girls Club in the TN Valley, you can now find hands-only CPR kits. Over 30 in total. And it's helping train a new generation of lifesavers. Unable to get there? Click below and learn hands-only CPR today.
Tackling Hypertension in Knoxville
Did you know 32% of Knox County Residents have hypertension? Yet some patients with high blood pressure can’t regularly check their numbers. Yikes! Good news. Now there are several self-monitoring blood pressure kits at nearby free clinics. Where? Cherokee Health Systems & Interfaith Health Clinic! The main takeaway is to know your numbers and manage your pressure. Let's do it, Knoxville!
Do you know how to spot a stroke F.A.S.T?
#DYK that Stroke is the No. 3 leading cause of death in Knox County? With stroke, every second counts. Knowing the warning signs may be the difference between recovery and disability. Learn to think and act F.A.S.T., because you never know when you need to save the life of someone you love.