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Rep. Whitson to serve on Healthy Parks, Healthy Person Advisory Board

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State Rep. Sam Whitson District 65

State Rep. Sam Whitson, R-Franklin

State Rep. Sam Whitson, R-Franklin, has been appointed to the Healthy Parks, Healthy Person Advisory Board, a panel created to encourage Tennesseans to improve their health by being more active outside in parks.  

Healthy Parks, Healthy Person is a program in collaboration with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and Tennessee State Parks with support from the Tennessee Department of Health. HPHP provides web-based and mobile tools for participants to track their activities and earn perks.

Whitson, a retired colonel for the U.S. Army, will lend his expertise in an advisory role to further the mission of the board to promote health and wellness across the state. 

“I’m very proud to help advance the mission of the Healthy Parks, Healthy Person and honored to serve in this advisory role. Wellness and the great outdoors are two things I have always cared very much about,” Whitson said. “I am looking forward to working with my fellow board members to make a difference in the lives of Tennesseans and promoting our beautiful state parks.”

The board will meet quarterly and will be comprised of leaders across the government, corporate and nonprofit sectors along with community representatives. Jim Bryson, TDEC deputy commissioner for parks and conservation; Michael Robertson, director of Tennessee State Parks; and state Rep. Esther Helton, R-East Ridge, will also serve on the board.

Tennessee State Parks’ Healthy Parks, Healthy Person program rewards park goers for participating in outdoor activities. Through the use of the Healthy Parks, Healthy Person app, participants can use their mobile device to create a profile and begin earning points and rewards for getting outside and active in any park in Tennessee. To learn more, visit

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