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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

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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 4,000 Nashvillians have participated to date and have collectively walked over 100,000 miles.

Walk 100 Miles first launched in spring 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 at an interactive Walk 100 Miles website

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'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, the 2nd Annual Mayor's Challenge 5K was held in November 2012. Once again, over 5,000 people participated. 

Each of the events brought 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 2013.

Mayor's Field Day with the Tennessee Titansmayors field day

On May 5, 2012, the Mayor hosted the first ever Mayor’s Field Day with the Tennessee Titans at LP Field, Nashville's downtown NFL stadium. This event engaged over 3,000 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 2013.

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 in the country that encourages organizations to embrace a work environment that promotes a more green, and healthy, and involved workplace. 

Businesses and organizations can sign-up to participate online at

Mayor's Neighborhood Challenge

Similar to the Mayor's neighborhood challenge logoWorkplace Challenge, the Neighborhood Challenge encourages and recognizes 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 can go to to sign up for the challenge. An online scorecard includes questions about neighborhood practices as they relate to being green, healthy and promoting volunteerism. Based on their overall score in each category, neighborhoods can achieve bronze, silver or gold status and can continually update their scorecards throughout the challenge period.