Oklahoma Spotlight recap: Local wellness stories of 2019

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The year 2019 flew by. Let’s take a moment to acknowledge and appreciate all of the wonderful work that happened in our communities!

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Ferris Bueller

The Oklahoma Spotlight section of this site is the place to read about health and wellness initiatives around the state. These stories bring light to policies, practices and programs (big, or small!) that are getting Oklahoma communities healthier.


Empowering Students to Kick Butts with New Signage

The Cherokee County Health Services Council, TSET Healthy Living Program serving Cherokee County and local Student Wellness Action Teams (SWAT) hosted a “Billions of Butts” Kick Butts Day cleanup event in 2019 to clean up a local sports complex. The local event raised public awareness of cigarette litter generated by tobacco use on city property, and attendees put up signage to encourage physical activity while educating patrons about the Tobacco-Free Properties ordinance. Read more.


Leveraging Education and Countermarketing to Reach Students, Staff, and the Entire Community

The KI BOIS Healthy Living Program serving Haskell & Latimer Counties started early in planning their “Kick Butts” efforts to empower youth to speak out against Big Tobacco. Despite rain and spring break vacations, they were able to get information out widely, and added information about Juul, a new e-cigarette/nicotine delivery product seen in schools. Read more here.


Coalition Creates a Culture of Health Equity in Tulsa

Members of the North Tulsa Community Coalition are working side by side with a broad cross section of people that live and work across the city toward attaining the full health potential for all in the community. The coalition works to ensure that no one is disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of their social position or socially determined circumstances. Read more here, and view a video spotlight about the partners involved and community impacts achieved in this award-winning partnership.


Naloxone Saves Lives – Preventing Opioid Overdose

Red Rock Regional Prevention Coordinator (RPC) (Region 13), serves Canadian & Grady Counties, and has a robust outreach plan to get the word out about a life-saving medication, Naloxone. Read more here.


“Paws”-ing For Pedestrians and Bicyclists in Guymon

The TSET Healthy Living Program and City of Guymon, along with local volunteers, are making the area around Guymon High School safer for students who walk or bike to school, or for community members who choose active transportation in their daily activities. While showing school spirit, they are helping drivers slow down as they approach the school in areas that have high foot traffic or bicycle use. Read more here.


Wednesday Walking PALs – “We’re Walking Here!”

The Wednesday Walking PALs Program is a voluntary community-based program for Claremont Elementary and Roosa Elementary students in Claremore, OK. Read more here about how adult and high school student volunteers help get students out walking and moving regularly.


Looking for more?

For more good news and gems that you may not have seen, check out these posts!

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Calling All Influencers: Kick off 2020 by celebrating a story in YOUR community!

Take a few minutes to submit your story, or invite your community partners to do so, for a chance to have your community health initiative featured on OK In the Know. Share a brief tip in the Forum [members only], or fill out 6 easy questions to tell your success story! Describe what you did, how you developed the idea, and lessons you are learning. Click here to learn more.


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