A legislative panel has recommended termination of three state government entities as requested by
Gov. Bill Haslam‘s administration through the state Department of Health.
In all three cases, officials told a joint House-Senate Government
Operations Subcommittee that most of the duties and responsibilities of
the bodies are covered elsewhere in state government. Assuming the full
Legislature goes along next year, which is traditional, these groups
will “sunset” and cease to exist:
n The Advisory Council on Child Nutrition and Wellness, created in 2006 when
Gov. Phil Bredesen
was in office with no appointments made to fill vacancies since 2010.
Laurie Stanton, who is with the Health Department’s Office of Child
Nutrition and Wellness, said her staff now handles the data collection
and fitness promotion functions of the office.
n The Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Health, created by an executive order from then-
Gov. Ned McWherter
in 1989 and put into law by the Legislature in 1991 with the goal of
“promoting healthy lifestyles.” Stanton said the council once sponsored
a “Tennessee Sports Fest,” but that hasn’t occurred for several years.
Otherwise, she said the only direct impact will be to end an annual
“Shining Stars Awards” banquet, which the department’s website says
recognized with trophy presentations “the promotion of healthy
lifestyles by groups of Tennesseans” in the categories employers,
communities, “educational settings” and media.
n The Tennessee Alliance for Fitness and Health, set up as the fund-raising arm of the Governor’s Council.
“Unfortunately, they haven’t raised funds,” said Stanton. “They’ve run out of money.”
She said “Project Diabetes,” which received an extra $3 million in
funding through Haslam’s budget proposal for the coming years, is
largely devoted to promoting healthy lifestyles, as is an anti-obesity
initiative operated by the Health Department.