Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

March 26, 2013

FitCOUNTY donation: 1,200 T-shirts donated to help promote fitness in Cherokee County

Ben Tinsley
Jacksonville Daily Progress

CHEROKEE COUNTY — The fitness-oriented movement “FitCOUNTY Cherokee” is winning over new converts one at a time. But on Monday, they donated enough T-shirts to win over 1,200 Cherokee County residents at once.

Chris Taylor, executive director of Cherokee County Public Health, brought the donation of 1,200 T-shirts to the attention of the Cherokee County Commissioners Court. Commissioners formally — and unanimously —  voted to accept the gift.

FitCOUNTY Cherokee on April 6 will host a “Day in the Park” from 9 a.m. to noon that day at the Jacksonville Athletic Complex, 1923 Byrd Road.

Taylor has described the movement as one that can help create a culture change impacting both health and economy.

The motto of FitCounty Cherokee – which launched last September – is “empowering and encouraging healthy lifestyles one person at a time” through exercise, education and healthy eating.

Also on Monday, The Jacksonville Daily Progress  submitted a Texas Open Records Act request to the Cherokee County Commissioners Court requesting that they — on an ongoing basis — provide the newspaper (three days prior to any meeting) with a packet of background information supplementing whatever agenda item lists are being distributed at the time of a certain meeting.

In the same request, the newspaper also asked that the commissioners court  quit wording their agenda items so vaguely and to include in those items pertinent information such as names and explanations regarding what particular action is taking place.