Healthy living director hired to implement new initiatives

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 11:50pm
Staff reports

With a $7.5 million federal grant headed to Nashville, Mayor Karl Dean isn’t wasting any time getting ready to implement the city’s new healthy living initiatives.

Dean announced Wednesday that he has created a new position, funded through the stimulus grant, in his office to oversee implementation of the programs funded by the grant, which is being administered through the Department of Metro Public Health.

Toks Omishakin, currently the Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for the Mayor’s Office, has been named Director of Healthy Living.

The programs include increasing opportunities to walk and bike in Nashville, and increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables in schools and targeted Nashville neighborhoods.

Omishakin’s new position as Director of Healthy Living is an expansion of his current responsibilities. Since January 2009, Omishakin has worked as the staff member for the Mayor’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, which was created to provide policy direction on making Nashville more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly.

In addition to overseeing the implementation of the grant and continuing his work with BPAC, Omishakin will work with Vice Mayor Diane Neighbors on the Nashville Livability Project, which was launched last fall as an initiative to make Nashville a livable community for retiring Baby Boomers and people of all ages. The Livability Project includes a focus on health and wellness, and takes into account the overlap with recommendations from the Mayor’s Green Ribbon Committee and Healthy Nashville Leadership Council.

8 Comments on this post:

By: idgaf on 4/1/10 at 4:00

Why are we throwing money away on crap like this?

By: JohnGalt on 4/1/10 at 7:09

This guy was the "Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator" and now he's going to be the "Healty Living Director". You can't make these things up.

[Shaking head]

By: girliegirl on 4/1/10 at 7:13

Man, I believe stupidity has taken over our nation lately...this just goes to prove my point. LOL *As for pedestrian and bicycling movement, my husband and I witnessed a young woman driving and texting at the same time the other day...and her car was all torn up! So why, and I am totally serious about this, would a sane person want to risk their life while others would take it away from us so easily?

By: on 4/1/10 at 8:01

That Stimulus bill is really creating jobs, isn't it!

By: idgaf on 4/1/10 at 8:34

In over 2 years I saw ONE person using the bike lane on Lebanon rd. ONE.

How much did that cost us?

By: TharonChandler on 4/1/10 at 2:13

These guys or post commentators are the same one's as always chimed in when the NCP first went online, back in the stoners age.

My congrats to Omishakin, though he does look frightening (but then that's what the mafia says about me).

By: Strider on 4/3/10 at 9:27

TC: Great comment. Your down-the-nose name calling really convinced me to side with the great liberal causes of the day.

By: jillian grey on 1/10/11 at 3:40

My salute to Mayor Karl Dean who really give importance to his people's health. He deserved the title and position as Director of Healthy Living. I hope every city leaders are like him. The health of the people is very important.