Panel tasked with improving health and well-being for Tennesseans
(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Susan Lynn (R-Mt. Juliet) today announced that she will serve on a new Wellness Caucus created by members of the Tennessee General Assembly and in collaboration with the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness.
The caucus is chaired by State Representative Ryan Williams (R-Cookeville) and Senator Bo Watson (R-Hixson). It consists of 37 members — including 28 Republicans — from both the House and Senate who will study and propose new solutions to important health and wellness issues in communities across the state.
While Nashville is considered a health care hub for our entire nation, Tennessee still remains one of the least healthy states in the country. Approximately one in four adults smokes, and one in five high school students uses tobacco. Additionally, 33 percent of the state’s population is classified as obese, and type-2 diabetes and high blood pressure are at near-epidemic levels in all regions of the state.
Caucus members will help shape future public policy so that Tennesseans impacted by some of these adverse health conditions are able to make lifestyle changes that will improve their overall health outcomes.
“As an elected official, the health and well-being of our residents is one of my main priorities,” said Representative Lynn. “I believe this opportunity will provide unique perspective into some of the health issues impacting our citizens; additionally, it will allow us to create new solutions to these issues which will lead to improved health trends across our state.”
For more information about the Governor’s Foundation for Health & Wellness, please visit: http://healthierTN.com.
Susan Lynn serves as the Chair of the House Consumer & Human Resources Subcommittee. Lynn is also a member of the House Consumer & Human Resources, House Finance Ways & Means and House Ethics Committee, as well as the Joint Fiscal Review Committee. She lives in Mount Juliet and represents House District 57, which includes Wilson County. Lynn can be reached by email at Rep.Susan.Lynn@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-7462.