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The school environment is a key environment for creating health behavior change. Enhance your work in this are with the resources below addressing school wellness policies and a sample 24/7 tobacco-free policy.


>>Head back to the main page for wellness actions within different sectors.

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One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to talking about and implementing health policies. General information about various topics is listed below as a starting point for local wellness initiatives. Among these resources you can find: what a policy is; health facts about tobacco, nutrition, and physical activity in Oklahoma; and a toolkit for worksite smoking cessation.


>>Head back to the main page, Tools for Local Wellness Actions, for more data, templates, and tools for advancing wellness actions within different sectors.

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The documents located below provide valuable resources for negotiating health policies with the business sector. Some examples include advocating for smoke-free public housing and developing a workplace wellness policy.


>>Head back to the main page for wellness actions within different sectors.

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Looking for resources to improve health for people employed by cities and government agencies? Below, you will find resources about active transportation, tobacco-free local government properties, and healthy food retail policies.


>>Head back to the main page for wellness actions within different sectors.

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For people working with community institutions and organizations, this page contains great resources about creating wellness policies in child care facilities and out-of-school time programs, as well as enacting healthy event policies at local events. Click on the links below for more information.



>>Head back to the main page for wellness actions within different sectors.

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The American Lung Association’s toolkit for state and local public health professionals includes resources related to Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNAs), tobacco control, and hospitals.

Included in the toolkit is information about:

  • What a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) is
  • Determining which hospitals in your area have conducted a CHNA
  • How to make the case for tobacco in a CHNA, and
  • Information for public health professionals working with hospitals on tobacco cessation.

>>Read more.

Remember, just because this information is targeted to hospitals does not mean it cannot be tailored for other communities working in tobacco cessation!

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On the third Thursday of November each year, smokers are encouraged to take the Great American Smokeout challenge to quit smoking for a day or for good.

To help those taking the Great American Smokeout (GASO) challenge, the Helpline, primarily funded by the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, or TSET, is now offering a new, enhanced selection of free services. These services include free text and email support, phone and web coaching, patches, gum, lozenges and more for registered participants. Click here for information about support available from the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline.

More resources for promoting the Helpline, including a Great American Smokeout (GASO) Swiss Cheese news release, can be found under “Brand Specific Materials” on the TSET HLP Resource page (members-only; please log in to view) .

Download flyers, posters, and table tents as well as ready-to-use web and social media graphics to promote the Great American Smokeout! Tools and resources are also available from the American Cancer Society. >>Learn more!

Need inspiration for how to celebrate GASO this year? Take a look below at what went on last year.

Payne County – To celebrate GASO locally, University Health Services at OSU and the Payne County TSET Healthy Living Program partnered to put on the third annual Gobble Wobble 1-mile run. Read more.

Other TSET Healthy Living Program events held for the 2016 Great American Smokeout – Read more.

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