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!
- Opioid Outreach – Oklahoma Conference of Churches – The Oklahoma Conference of Churches and the state Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse have partnered to provide opioid addiction and substance abuse awareness to metro-area churches.
- Tinajero’s Meat Market offering healthier options with TSET help — Gregorio Tinajero, owner/manager of Tinajero’s Meat Market, wants what is best for customers – and for the store’s bottom line. Tinajero is finding that offering more healthy food choices to shoppers does both. “We want our customers to be healthy,” said Tinajero. “Identifying healthier options in our store makes it easier for consumers to make the healthy choice.” The TSET Healthy Living Program of Cherokee County worked with the store on developing sensible ways to stock and sell more foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy.
- Two Rivers Academy promotes indoor recess — A Montessori school underwent indoor recess training with TSET Healthy Living Program serving Cherokee County staff to learn new and innovative ways to keep students physically active during inclement weather. Upon the completion of training, the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Healthy Living Program provided the school with a sponsorship to purchase indoor recess equipment. Benefits of indoor recess include increased concentration, fewer discipline problems, better consumption of provided meals, developing social skills, and maintaining an active lifestyle.
- Oklahoma Hospital Association (OHA) partners to advocate for smoke-free workplaces — OHA, in partnership with the Wellness Now Coalition, helped organize a Smokefree Oklahoma for a Healthy Workforce luncheon, which addressed smoke-free workplaces. This event focused on educating community and business leaders on the importance of passing smoke-free workplace laws in the 2020 legislative session.
- Play Street program a hit — TSET Healthy Living Program assistant coordinator in McClain County, Joe Johnson, figured the Play Street activity dates outside Purcell Public Library would attract dozens of kids and teens, but he did not expect the new program to be this popular. Play Street is free of charge, has taken place from every other Wednesday, and is open to kids of all ages from kindergarten through high school. “We’ve had about 150 at each event, including about 120 kids,” said Johnson. “I was hoping for 50 to 60 people.”
- Grand View SWAT takes stand against Big Tobacco — Grand View Student Wellness Action Team members work to take a stand against “Big Tobacco.” SWAT students filmed a video educating their peers about the harms of electronic cigarettes and vaping devices. Students took a role in acting as Big Tobacco and its customers, while demonstrating the negative impact that electronic smoking devices have on youth across the nation. This short video was shown to students throughout Grand View School. “E-cigarettes and vaping is considered cool among teens and we want to make youth aware of the consequences,” said Dean Goss, SWAT mentor.
- VIDEO: Take It Off: Foods Disguised as Healthy – Jennifer Like from the Oklahoma City County Health Department stopped by to help Fox 25 News spot the difference between fake and real healthy foods.
- Oklahoma City Indian Clinic hosted its annual children’s Health Fair — Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit clinic providing health and wellness services to American Indians in central Oklahoma, hosted its annual Children’s Health Fair on July 12 and July 13. Over the course of two days, the clinic saw over 240 children, age 4-11. They received age-appropriate immunizations, fluoride treatments, sports physicals, head checks, school supplies, and health, hearing and vision screenings.