The February Chamber of Commerce luncheon was held at the Centre on Main on Thursday, Feb. 13 and hosted by Grayson County School Board, MTD and Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center.
The gathering focused on the importance of health and nutrition not only to individuals and families, but also to employers and community organizations.
“If you educate enough people over time, you can have a big effect,” said Wayne Meriwether, CEO of TLRMC.
MTD General Manager Derek Clemons added that “businesses decide where to go based on healthcare costs there for employees.” If local healthcare costs are high because of poor nutrition and other bad habits, he explained, then new industries may choose to go elsewhere.
Businesses were encouraged to raise awareness of healthy eating habits and to offer healthy snack and drink options to employers while they are at work.
Barry Anderson, GC Schools Superintendent, added that nutrition is an important topic in schools, and the school staff tries to help make both students and their families aware of healthy eating habits.
“School is about a lot more than math, reading, science. It’s about getting kids ready for the next phase of their lives.”
Any businesses or organizations that would like to encourage and educate their employees or members about nutrition are welcome to contact GC Schools Food Director Kristy Hodges, TLRMC’s Director of Nutrition Services Kaitlin Harrison, or Grayson County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences Natalie Taul to speak with your group.