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NISSAN AND HEISMAN TRUST PARTNER WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY TO BUILD NASHVILLE “HEISMAN HOUSE”

For the fourth consecutive year, Nissan partnered with the Heisman Trophy Trust to begin construction of a Habitat for Humanity home in a community where the automaker has a business presence. This year the home is located north of Nashville.

Participating Heisman Trophy winners included Tim Brown (Notre Dame), Mark Ingram (Alabama), George Rogers (South Carolina), Billy Sims (Oklahoma) and current Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (Oregon).

Construction of a new home began on April 22 with the Heisman Trophy winners and new Habitat homeowners, Mohammed Berema and his wife, Khadija Aldom. Groups of Nissan volunteers, along with the homeowners and other Habitat volunteers, worked over the ensuing four weeks to finish building the house.

This unique collaboration grew out of existing relationships between Nissan and its longtime partners, Habitat for Humanity and the Heisman Trophy Trust.

“Nissan has been active for many years with Habitat for Humanity in communities where we live and work, and our strong partnership with the Heisman Trust and its mission of building strong communities and service to America’s youth continues to be an excellent fit,” said Jeremy Tucker, vice president, marketing communication & media, Nissan. “We’re grateful to these athletes for joining in this unique partnership to conduct a football clinic for area kids, and to help Berema and Aldom and their family improve their living conditions through home ownership.”

Since 2006, Nissan has contributed more than $13 million to Habitat for Humanity. Nissan employees have helped to build more than 70 homes across the United States, and the company has donated 130 vehicles to support Habitat’s mission.

HEALTHWAYS SILVERSNEAKERS FITNESS MEMBERS PROVE YOUTH IS A STATE OF MIND

Healthways SilverSneakers Fitness, the nation’s leading exercise program exclusively designed for older Americans, recently announced the results of its 2015 Annual Participation Survey. The results reveal an active generation of older adults that are turning to fitness to achieve overall health and well-being – including high levels of energy and mental balance.

SilverSneakers participants assert they are in good physical and mental health, with 94 percent stating their health is good, very good or excellent and 96 percent stating they have felt calm and peaceful some, most or all of the time.

“For the fourth year in a row the survey has affirmed the role SilverSneakers has in improving the lives of older adults through increased physical and emotional health,” says Joy Powell, Chief Operating Officer of Network Solutions at Franklin-based Healthways.

SilverSneakers Fitness is the nation’s leading exercise program designed specifically for active, older Americans. Through a variety of fitness offerings that accommodate all fitness levels and preferences, SilverSneakers helps older adults maximize their health, maintain their lifestyle and realize continued overall well-being during retirement years.

Designed for all fitness levels, SilverSneakers is available to more than 13 million eligible members through group exercise classes at more than 13,000 participating fitness and wellness facilities nationwide.

LEE COMPANY BREAKS GROUND ON NEW BERRY FARMS HEADQUARTERS

Lee Company, the largest mechanical contractor in Tennessee, recently broke ground for its new headquarters in Berry Farms.

“The new facility will more than double our square footage and allow us to bring all of our headquarters operations under one roof,” says Richard Perko, CEO and president. “As Lee Company continues to grow, we have the capacity to help even more residential and facilities customers, and that’s very exciting for all of us.”
With more than 800 employees, Lee Company has been serving families and businesses for three generations. The new headquarters will be home to all residential HVAC, plumbing, electric and remodeling technicians; as well as professional engineers, certified construction and facilities managers and dedicated field personnel that serve commercial clients.