Roundup of Local News: November-December 2019

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Look back on a sampling of efforts around Oklahoma that recently made the news to learn about policies, practices, and programs that are making Oklahoma communities healthier. Whether you find out about new initiatives in your area or enjoy a boost by celebrating “wins” in wellness, there’s value in seeing what’s new!

November-December 2019

  • Duncan Regional Hospital takes place in Great American Smoke-Out – Duncan Regional Hospital took part in a nationwide campaign against smoking Thursday, November 21. It’s called the Great American Smoke-Out, and the goal is to try to get people to quit smoking or using tobacco for just one day. At Duncan Regional Hospital they had information on the risks of smoking and even gave out Thanksgiving meals to those attempting to quit. 
  • SSM Health St. Anthony offers tips in observance of Lung Cancer Awareness Month – Lung cancer is the deadliest cancer for Oklahoma men and women, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While experts still have much to research regarding this disease, strides have been made in recent decades to learn more about what causes lung cancer and what may be done to help prevent or lessen its impacts. In observance of Lung Cancer Awareness Month in November, SSM Health St. Anthony offers tips and insights to help Oklahomans reduce their risks of the disease. 
  • New Irving Center opens – Ada’s new, long-awaited Irving Community Center opened to the public in late November. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for patrons 55 years and older. Meals will be $3 per day. City officials say they have plans in place to help patrons who have a financial need. Read more here and here.
  • Wright holds a study on secondhand smoke exposure – House Speaker Pro Tempore Harold Wright (R-Weatherford) held an interim study before the House Health Services and Long-Term Care Committee to examine modernization to the Smoking in Public Places and Indoor Workplaces Act as a way to address secondhand smoke exposure and related illnesses in Oklahoma. 
  • Sterling holds study on childhood obesity, related diseases – State Rep. Danny Sterling (R-Tecumseh) held an interim study before the House Health Services and Long-Term Care Committee on potential solutions to the problems of childhood obesity and related illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. 
  • Area extension educators, partners receive Southern Region Award – Pittsburg County OSU Extension Educators David Cantrell, Greg Owen and Rachel Lockwood along with educators, Donna Jung from Canadian County, Melanie Taylor from McIntosh County, Kelsey Ratcliff of Coal County and Area Horticulturist, Jim Shrefler received recognition at the National Extension Association of Family Consumer Science (NEAFCS) 85th annual session held in Hershey, PA for their efforts of the Gather and Grow Nutrition Education Conference.
  • Oklahoma Hospital Association and TSET collaboration results in 40,000 Helpline referrals – In October 2019, Hospitals Helping Patients Quit (HHPQ), an initiative of the Oklahoma Hospital Association (OHA) funded by the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET), reached the milestone of 40,000 Helpline referrals as part of a comprehensive effort to leverage hospital systems as leaders in health care delivery with tobacco cessation.

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