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!
TSET Board of Directors awards Healthy Incentive Program grants to communities and schools — The TSET Board of Directors approved 11 incentive grants for communities and schools through the TSET Healthy Incentive Program at its meeting in March.
School districts and sites honored for efforts to improve health — More than 20 school districts and one school site were honored recently for efforts to promote health and wellness for students and staff through the TSET Healthy Incentive Program for Schools
Community rallies for Pathway Day — The brilliant sunshine poured its rays across the Newkirk community Saturday morning, April 27. With a mild south breeze blowing through the town, it was a great day to be out – out walking and riding bicycles, out getting healthy. For many, that was exactly what they were doing, as crowds gathered at the Kay County Courthouse for Pathway Day, the inauguration of the Newkirk Fitness Path, a combination walking trail and bike path that is already promoting healthy living in Newkirk.
Residents ready to ‘Walk, Run or Ride the Trails’ — From May 4-11, Muskogee County trails were abuzz with physical activity for the eighth year of this annual event.
Why are we overweight? — According to a 2017 Oklahoma Department of Health’s State of the County’s Health Report, obesity is the No. 2 health issue facing Washington County residents.
OKC council fights ‘food desert’ in northeast parts of city — The city council voted Tuesday to impose a six-month moratorium on development of discount and convenience stores in northeast Oklahoma City, where lack of supermarkets has created a “food desert.”
Deaths renew effort to make city safer for cyclists, pedestrians — Don’t call it defiance just yet, but a bike rally is set to take over Classen Boulevard just west of downtown Tuesday in spite of a City Hall that has dismissed prior suggestions that the street be narrowed to allow space for a dedicated bike lane.
ROHC takes aim at youth vaping, drunken driving — Hulbert community members convened at a town hall meeting on April 29, in the Hulbert High School Cafeteria, to discuss the increase and dangers regarding vaping among youth, drunken driving, and distracted driving prevention.
Health Briefs for May 12: Oklahoma City: Wellness to be topic for town hall meetings — Officials from the Oklahoma City-County Health Department and Oklahoma City Public Schools hosted town hall meetings at Oakridge Elementary and Sequoyah Elementary, schools that will be converted to Learning and Wellness Academies after they close at the end of school year.