The Mountain Goat Trail Alliance (MGTA) has been awarded a $450,000 grant from the State of Tennessee’s Project Diabetes program for construction of the trail and support of health initiatives in Grundy County.
“The Project Diabetes grant we received in 2016 was instrumental in helping us build a trail in Tracy City and begin collaborating with the Grundy County Health Council on programs for people of all ages to promote healthy behavior, including using the Mountain Goat Trail for regular exercise. With this new grant, we’ll be able to continue those efforts,” said Patrick Dean, executive director of the MGTA.
The grant will facilitate construction of the Mountain Goat Trail between DuBose Conference Center and Ingman Farm Road. In addition, the grant provides funding to be used to support programs sponsored by the Grundy County Health Council, including elementary school run clubs, adult walking contests, and creation of exercise/nutrition signage on the Trail. Funds from the grant will also go to the Old Roundhouse Park in downtown Tracy City.
Project Diabetes is a statewide initiative that funds, through the competitive bid process, innovative primary prevention projects to halt the increasing rate of obesity in Tennessee. The fundamental goals of Project Diabetes are to:
Decrease the prevalence of overweight/obesity across the State and, in turn, prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes and/or the consequences of this devastating disease;
Educate the public about current and emerging health issues linked to obesity;
Promote community, public-private partnerships to identify and solve regional health problems related to obesity;
Advise and recommend policies and programs that support individual and community health improvement efforts;
Evaluate effectiveness of improvement efforts that address overweight and obesity;
Disseminate best practices for obesity prevention and health improvement.
Learn more about the Mountain Goat Trail at <mountaingoattrail.org>.