Nashville: Swapping Honey Buns for Bikes

Most fat adults were fat kids.  Nashville is doing its best to stop this deadly cycle.  The city was one of 50 U.S. communities that received a one-time grant in 2010 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Obama’s federal stimulus package) via a program called Communities Putting Prevention to Work.

You can read more about the program here.

Here are some stats about Tennessee’s health epidemic:

Not only does childhood obesity lead to chronic health problems in adults, but these chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes are draining our healthcare system.

There’s a growing and thriving entrepreneurial community in Nashville solving the kinds of problems that will create lasting change and improve American’s health and create efficiencies in the healthcare system.

There are two in our portfolio:

HealthTeacher:  HealthTeacher is an online resource of health education tools including lessons, interactive presentations and additional resources to integrate health into any classroom.  Basically, health class 2.0.
What’s new at HealthTeacher?  The company recently launched a first-of-its-kind online and mobile game teaching kids how to stand up to bullies.  Check out Upstander here.

HCCA International:  HCCA is a leader in clinical process outsourcing and nurse recruitment for acute care hospitals.  Basically, delivering knowledge and experienced professionals to a growing healthcare industry.

We’re seeing Nashville entrepreneurs do great things to advance the healthcare industry effectively.  If this momentum in the industry continues to drive change, we will all be healthier for it.