Bear sightings could be on the rise in Campbell County.


However, these aren’t the ones that will be scary. In fact, they are meant to bring an awareness to the need for everyone to be outdoors.

Beary Healthy, Campbell County’s new mascot, has already been spotted twice in just a few days.

On Saturday, he was at the kickoff to introduce him to the community. Beary was at Woodson Mall along with Dana Mesa and others from the Campbell County Coordinated School Health Program as well as area officials.

Next, he was at STEM Night at LaFollette Middle School.

Beary Healthy is getting out and meeting the students he wants to inspire to be healthy. On Monday night, he met these students at LaFollette Middle School.

Beary wants to encourage Campbell Countains to be healthy, Mesa said.

“The idea is to get kids outside and introduce them to places they may otherwise not go,” she said. “Beary will be talking about making healthy choices.”

Mesa said the interest and welcome Beary has received has been great.

“We had a good turn out on Saturday and the community is getting behind this,” she said.

In the coming months, Beary will be out in the community looking for people who are taking strides to become healthier in 2019.  If he finds kids playing at the park, people walking their dog or being active, they will be featured on the county’s website as well as being entered in a monthly drawing for prizes and awards.

Even though Campbell County currently ranks low regarding health outcomes and quality of life in comparison to other Tennessee Counties, we believe together we can make our health rankings change and improve, a release from the Campbell County Coordinated School Health Program said.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 01/30/2019-6AM)

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