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Classroom physical activity is any physical activity done in the classroom during or between academic instruction periods and in addition to physical education and recess. Benefits include greater concentration and motivation, improved academic performance, and reduced disruptive behavior among students.

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition, which outlines the amounts and types of physical activity needed to maintain or improve overall health and reduce the risk of chronic disease. The document also highlights new benefits of physical activity and tested strategies that can be used to get all Americans more active.

In fact, just about everyone benefits: young children to older adults, men and women of all races and ethnicities, women who are pregnant or postpartum, people living with a chronic condition or a disability, and people who are looking to reduce their risk of chronic disease.

What’s new in the guidelines?

  • Guidance for preschool-aged children (3-5 years)
  • Evidence for even more health benefits of physical activity
  • Discussion of sedentary behavior
  • Tested strategies for physical activity promotion
  • Removal of bout length requirement – every little bit counts!

Additionally, the Move Your Way campaign resources are designed to help explain the Guidelines to consumers. These resources include interactive tools, fact sheets, videos, and graphics that are available for communities, health professionals, and others to promote the health benefits of meeting the new recommendations, along with tips for how to help people become more active.

To help reinforce the importance of physical activity to overall health, CDC is working with states and communities through Active People, Healthy Nation – Creating an Active America, TogetherSM. By increasing activity-friendly environments, this initiative aims to help 27 million Americans become more physically active by 2027 to improve overall health and quality of life and to reduce healthcare costs.

 

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Tobacco Stops With Me is an Oklahoma media campaign that highlights how tobacco use impacts Oklahomans. It is funded by the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) and the Oklahoma Center for Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion at the State Department of Health.

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The promotion of health equity is central to Trust for America’s Health’s (TFAH) work to support optimal health for every person and community.

As a part of this effort, TFAH produced a 4-part webinar series called Taking Action to Promote Health Equity—Using the Lessons from Cutting-Edge Practices to Improve Health and Well Being. The goal is to shine a bright light on some of the most compelling and replicable activities that help advance health equity.  Program speakers share their lessons learned through practice and experiences that are transferable to diverse community settings – large or small, urban or rural and with substantial or minimal resources.  And while a few of the examples may be familiar, the webinar series features excellent work that has not received much national attention.

 

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The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors has released Healthy School, Healthy Staff, Healthy Students: A Guide to Improving School Employee Wellness. This new resource assists school districts and schools in establishing or enhancing an employee wellness initiative. The guide provides a step-by-step process that districts and schools can use to develop an employee wellness initiative that fits their unique needs. It includes worksheets, templates, and resources as well as real-world examples from school districts that have successfully worked to improve employee wellness.

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Certified Healthy Oklahoma is a voluntary and free state-wide certification available to businesses, schools, and all kinds of community organizations that want to be recognized as leaders making special efforts to promote healthy behaviors of Oklahomans.

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The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is the nation’s largest advocacy and education organization working on tobacco-related issues.  The Campaign provides regular updates on federal, state and local tobacco news as well as provides resources and tools to advocate for tobacco-free policies.   >>Learn more

The following fact sheets are regularly updated:

 

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The Farmers Market Resource Guide was developed to assist and encourage Oklahoma communities, farmers, and citizen groups to create and successfully operate vibrant community farmers markets. The resource provides links to various topics that surround how to better plan and sustain a farmers market as well as the regulations a farmers market in Oklahoma must follow with forms and sample policies.

Click here to access the guide.

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