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!
- Bixby Public Schools cracking down on vaping with new consequences for coming year — BIXBY, Okla. (KTUL) — Bixby Public Schools have less than a week until their doors open for class. But there’s going to be new rules for students coming in. Particularly when it comes to students vaping. Which school leaders see as the modern cigarette. I can’t even remember the last time we caught a kid with a traditional cigarette. It’s been a long time,” Bixby High Schools Principal Terry Adams said. This is the first year the state of Oklahoma banned all vaping products from public schools. But districts like Bixby are taking it a step further with the consequences.
- TSET program recognizes businesses for healthy practices — Community Market of Pottawatomie County and Shawnee Forward Business Alliance recently were recognized for their efforts in supporting a healthy community. The greatest impact on health can happen at the local level where residents live, learn, work and play, which includes the Community Market of Pottawatomie County. In collaboration with the TSET Healthy Living Program, the local nonprofit is embracing policies and practices supporting healthy choices and helping to create vibrant communities. Because of organizations such as this, Pottawatomie County is a healthier place.
- New task force formed to address food desert crisis in NE OKC — The City of Oklahoma City and Councilwoman Nikki Nice is addressing the food desert crisis in northeast Oklahoma City with community partners by forming a new task force. According to Councilwoman Nice, the crisis was deepened with the closing of one of the last major grocery stores on the northeast side. She says the crisis is a combination of both food availability and transportation. The OKC Health Task Force is working on the two major problems preventing those residents from access to affordable, healthy groceries: transportation and food availability.
- Many Muskogee County residents have obesity problem — Educating people about obesity is where Doug Walton, the coordinator of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) Healthy Living Program at the Muskogee County Health Department comes in. That’s why he spends a lot of his time at church, schools, businesses and cities teaching people about healthy eating and choices. “We’re trying to change the culture of the environment that healthier options are more normal,” he said. “There is no way to reduce obesity other than people wanting to lose weight. We’re not addressing personal behavior. It’s broader than that.