Roundup of Local News: October 2019

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Look back on a sampling of efforts around Oklahoma that made the news this past month 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!

October 2019

  • Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System facilities now smoke-free – MUSKOGEE – As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ commitment to provide excellent health care for veterans, VA will implement a new policy restricting smoking by employees, patients, visitors, volunteers, contractors, and vendors at its health care facilities on Oct. 1.
  • GALLERY: National Walk to School Day – Kids, parents and community members laced up their shoes Wednesday morning and took to the sidewalks for National Walk to School Day. An estimated 400 people participated between elementary schools Claremore, Inola and Oologah-Talala.
  • Brighter Futures garden project enhanced with TSET grant – A $500 Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) grant from the Wagoner County Health Department has allowed for expansion of the Lincoln Learning Garden at Brighter Futures’ Lincoln Enrichment Center in Wagoner.
  • Pottawatomie County students participate in ‘Walk to School Day’ – The TSET Healthy Living Program serving Pottawatomie County is proud of the Pottawatomie County students, families, communities and schools that participated in national Walk to School Day on October 2, 2019. Schools across Oklahoma got their daily 60 minutes of physical activity.

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