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!
- Bartlesville Public Library announces Health Literacy fall line-up 2019– Just in the past year, Oklahoma’s health ranking plummeted to place 50 in the U.S. — signifying a dire situation, Literacy Services Coordinator Karen Kerr-McGraw said recently. To combat the downward trend, the Institute for Museum and Library Sciences joins has joined forces with the Oklahoma Department of Libraries to apply for federal grants to pay for health programs throughout the state, Kerr-McGraw said.
- Two Oklahoma communities recognized on list of ‘Best Places to Live in America’– MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – Two communities in Oklahoma are being recognized as some of the ‘Best Places to Live in America’ following a recent report.
- LIVE WELL: TSET program kicks off hydration stations this fall at OSU games– Three Oklahoma organizations are partnering to encourage Oklahomans to drink more water this upcoming college football season. Shape Your Future, a program of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, has joined Oklahoma State University Athletics and the University of Oklahoma Athletics, in a strategic collaboration to provide free water bottles at home football games along with free water filling stations.
- Oologah-Talala implements tobacco policy to address vaping– With the start of the new 2019-2020 school year, Oologah-Talala Public School district will begin implementing an updated tobacco use and e-cigarette vaping policy. This school-wide policy is being driven by the increasing use of e-cigarette and vaping products on campus by students and the need for stronger consequences.
- Adams Elementary 1 of 4 Oklahoma schools to receive awards grant — OKLAHOMA CITY — The American Heart Association (AHA), the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, marks 40 years of bringing heart health programs to schools across the country by awarding financial grants to invest in America’s schools and help educators make whole-body wellness a priority. Four Oklahoma schools have received a combined $15,771 for various wellness activities and additions. Oklahoma schools receiving a grant included: Adams Elementary (Norman) — $1,000, Dover Elementary (Dover) — $5,000, Town & Country School (Tulsa) — $4,772, Washington Irving Elementary (Edmond) — $4,999.
- A School on the Move– Dover Public Schools received the latest in a series of grants designed to make its students more active learners. The Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust recognized the district Wednesday for its efforts to improve the health of its students and employees.
- Library to offer tai chi classes starting Tuesday, September 10– The Ada Public Library and the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative of the Southeast Center of Healthy Aging will be providing the Tai Chi for Better Balance program. The classes will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays Sept. 10-Dec. 17 at the Ada Public Library, 124 S. Rennie Ave. in Ada.