The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department has hired Jeremy Fite as a community health specialist.
He will be working to educate the community about what services the health department offers, in addition to explaining health policies.
Fite said he plans to do that through social media and face-to-face conversations at events like health fairs. He also will be an active participant in a number of LiveWell Lawrence initiatives that aim to get people moving more and eating healthier.
Fite, 32, previously worked for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley, where he oversaw operations of the research and training facility called Haslam Family Club University. It had about 300 children per day. He did grant writing in addition to serving as the community liaison.
He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in health education, and is originally from Indianapolis.
Fite said he and his family — wife and 2-year-old son — try to stay as active as possible by running, swimming and walking. They like the outdoors.
“I run between four and five nights a week, depending on my son’s behavior,” he said, laughing.