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Programs and Initiatives

Mayor Dean's vision for improving the health of Nashville citizens is to have a city where the healthy choice becomes the easy choice for all residents. Since Mayor Dean took office, the city has invested more than $130 million in public infrastructure to support healthy, active lifestyles, which has included not only building new sidewalks and bikeways, but also community centers, parks, multi-modal streets and public health facilities.

However, Mayor Dean recognizes that improving the city’s built environment is not enough -- people must be educated about the resources available to them and encouraged to use them. To that end, Mayor Dean has led numerous city-wide health challenges that bring people together and have worked to inspire people of all ages to live healthier lifestyles.

Walk 100 Miles with the Mayor

Walk 100 Miles Presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

Walk 100 Miles with the Mayor is a city-wide campaign, initiated by Mayor Karl Dean, encouraging all Nashvillians to improve their overall health by joining their friends and neighbors in walking for exercise. More than 5,000 Nashvillians participated in 2011 and 2012 and collectively walked over 120,000 miles.

Walk 100 Miles first launched in the spring of 2011 and consisted of a series of 28 walks, ranging from two to 10 miles in length, in Metro parks and greenways, as well as state-owned properties, Bicentennial Mall Park and Radnor Lake. Mayor Dean challenged Nashvillians to walk 100 miles over a three-month period. Participants were able to participate by walking on their own or in groups, or by joining the mayor on his organized walks, held multiple times each week. Walkers logged their miles and stayed up-to-date on the walk calendar.

The second Walk 100 Miles with the Mayor campaign took place in the fall of 2012. This time the walks were hosted by local community organizations from businesses, universities and nonprofits in neighborhoods and parks. Like the first campaign, walkers were once again asked to log their miles online.

Mayor Dean kicked off the 3rd version of his Walk campaign in May 2014 challenging all Nashville residents to walk 100 miles during the summer season titled Walk 100 Miles with Nashville. Participants are encouraged to walk on their own, form a walking group or join a walking group to broaden the number of participants and to grow a walking movement. To sign up for the walk 100 challenge or learn more, visit Walk 100 Miles.

Mayor's Challenge 5K

mayors 5kMayor Dean hosted the first Mayor's Challenge 5K Walk/ Run in November 2011. Over 5,000 partcipants joined the mayor by walking or running along downtown Nashville's most interesting streets. With the success of the first event, both the 2nd and 3rd Annual Mayor's Challenge 5K and Kids Fun Run in 2012 and 2013 each brought over 5,000 participants.

Each of the events engaged people all ages and experience levels to be active together. Metro Parks Department and the YMCA of Middle Tennessee led training sessions to prepare beginner walkers and runners for the 5K. In addition to the individuals, family and friends, people were encouraged to participate as teams representing workplaces, places of worship, and other community organizations. The next Mayor's Challenge 5K will take place in November 2014.

Mayor's Field Day with the Tennessee Titansmayors field day

Mayor’s Field Day with the Tennessee Titans is an annual event at LP Field, Nashville's downtown NFL stadium. In the three years since its inception (2012, 2013, and 2014) Mayor's Field Day has engaged over 11,000 participants of diverse fitness levels in a relaxed, tournament-type field day designed around learning new, fun, kid-friendly ways to be active.

Attendees enjoyed creative games, a fitness fair, a celebration ceremony highlighting the day’s events and live entertainment. In an effort to get the youngest Nashvillians and their families excited about moving and being active, the Mayor's Field Day experience was open to the public free of charge. The next Mayor's Field Day will be held in Spring 2014.

Mayor's Workplace Challenge

workplace challenge logoThe Mayor’s Workplace Challenge builds on the momentum of creating a healthier Nashville. With most adults spending the majority of their time at work, Mayor Dean believes the business community plays a vital role in shaping people's health.

In the spring of 2012, the Mayor launched the Mayor’s Workplace Challenge as a city initiative to recognize and encourage places of work in three areas that contribute to a high quality of life: being green, healthy and involved in the community. This workplace initiative is the first three-tiered challenge of its kind in the country that encourages organizations to embrace a work environment that promotes a more green, and healthy, and involved workplace.

Since its launch, the challenge has held two awards ceremonies were more than 250 businesses representing over 120,000 employees have been recognized. Businesses and organizations can sign-up to participate online at Mayorsworkplacechallenge.com

Mayor's Neighborhood Challenge

Similar to the Mayor's neighborhood challenge logoWorkplace Challenge, the Neighborhood Challenge took place from July to November 2013 and encouraged and recognized Nashville’s neighborhoods in three areas that contribute to a high quality of life: being green, healthy and involved in the community. Residents, neighborhood groups, community groups, faith groups and others visited http://mayorsneighborhoodchallenge.com to sign up for the challenge. An online scorecard included questions about neighborhood practices as they relate to being green, healthy and promoting volunteerism. Based on their overall score in each category, neighborhoods were awarded for the highest level scores in each area.

Nashville BCyclenashville bcycle

Nashville BCycle is the city’s fee-based bike-share program that is designed to offer a low-cost, convenient and healthy transportation option for short trips within the urban core. Nashville B-cycle includes 207 bikes at 23 automated kiosks within a three-mile radius of downtown.