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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.

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Take Down Tobacco is a fresh take on Kick Butts Day — the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids annual day of action.

The Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action is a day of activism where communities across the globe rally to push for the first tobacco-free generation. Youth tobacco rates are at a 20-year high in the U.S. due to the worsening youth e-cigarette epidemic, and tobacco is still the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S. and across the globe. On March 18, 2020, students, teachers, parents, elected leaders, health professionals, advocates and concerned citizens are standing up to Take Down Tobacco.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Office on Smoking and Health has published an updated Best Practices User Guide: Youth Engagement in Tobacco Prevention and Control. The guide was written in partnership with the Center for Public Health Systems Science at Washington University in St. Louis.

This user guide focuses on the critical role of youth engagement in achieving tobacco prevention and control goals. Youth bring energy and enthusiasm to tobacco control efforts and play a vital role in educating the public and mobilizing their peers to push strategies forward.

The Best Practices User Guide: Youth Engagement in Tobacco Prevention and Control can help you:

  • Develop a comprehensive approach to youth engagement that includes preparing to engage youth, involving youth in new tobacco control strategies, and sustaining youth engagement over time;
  • Learn from new examples how to engage youth in tobacco prevention and control;
  • Make the case for investing in youth engagement; and
  • Identify the best tobacco control resources and tools to help in planning efforts.

Click here to access the online version of the guide

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The School Health Profiles (Profiles) is conducted every even year by surveying school principals and lead health educators. Data collected from the Profiles survey can be used to improve school health programs. This data allows school personnel to monitor and compare their policies and practices to those of other states.

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The Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) Network has identified seven areas to focus the development of new resources and training for the prevention workforce across the country. One of those areas of focus is marijuana risk. The nation-wide PTTC Network Marijuana Risk Work Group was convened to develop and produce resources for the prevention field to use to support their efforts in implementing marijuana prevention and education. In October 2019, the Work Group was pleased to release the first set of resources in the Marijuana Prevention & Education Toolkit.

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A small cohort of OK In the Know members participated in a 6-part pilot series of online “Learning Lab” meetings with the goal of advancing community-based solutions to increase access to healthy food options. This relates to the TSET Healthy Living Program’s G3 outcome, “Adopt and implement an action-oriented healthy food retail resolution to improve food access by making it easier for residents to find, afford, choose, and use healthy food.”

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