The Amerigroup Foundation has Awarded Common Table Health Alliance a grant to execute a focused healthy living course to the ninth graders at Craigmont High School.

The Craigmont High School Healthy Living Launch Event will celebrate a new program designed to educate ninth graders participating in the school’s Lifetime Wellness classes about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.

The event is set for Jan. 9 at 10 a.m. at Craigmont High School, 3333 Covington Pike.

The comprehensive program will present a three-pronged approach that details the 8-5-2-1-0 (8 hours or more of sleep, 5 fruits and vegetables, 2 hours or less of screen time, 1 hour or more of physical activity, and 0 sugary drinks every day) recipe, which incorporates proper nutrition and adequate exercise into daily activities.

The objective is to teach youth important lessons that will prompt them to develop habits they continue to practice the rest of their lives. A grant from The Anthem Foundation funds the Healthy Living Program.

Forming the backdrop for the event is the 2018 report entitled “The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America.” Tennessee ranked as the No. 6 state with the highest adult obesity rate in the nation and No. 1 in combined overweight and obesity rate (37.7 percent) among 10-17 year olds.

Being overweight has been linked to chronic diseases, such as obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and arthritis. According to the CDC, school-based prevention programs can successfully, and without many added resources, help students to eat better, be more active and achieve healthier weights.

Event guest speakers will include Robert Garnett, president, Amerigroup Tennessee; Kiki Hall, CTHA executive director, and Dr. Tisha M. Durrah, principal of Craigmont High School.