The Office of Administrative Rules (OAR) at the Oklahoma State Department of Health invites the general public to comment on agency proposed rule changes for 2019.
OSDH will accept comments until March 21, 2019.
One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to talking about and implementing health policies. General information about various topics is listed below as a starting point for local wellness initiatives. Among these resources you can find: what a policy is; health facts about tobacco, nutrition, and physical activity in Oklahoma; and a toolkit for worksite smoking cessation.
For people working with community institutions and organizations, this page contains great resources about creating wellness policies in child care facilities and out-of-school time programs, as well as enacting healthy event policies at local events. Click on the links below for more information.
Tobacco and secondhand smoke still harm Oklahomans at home and at work. It’s poisoning and addicting our children. It’s burdening our healthcare industry and costing Oklahomans billions.
The promotion of health equity is central to Trust for America’s Health’s (TFAH) work to support optimal health for every person and community.
As a part of this effort, TFAH produced a 4-part webinar series called Taking Action to Promote Health Equity—Using the Lessons from Cutting-Edge Practices to Improve Health and Well Being. The goal is to shine a bright light on some of the most compelling and replicable activities that help advance health equity. Program speakers share their lessons learned through practice and experiences that are transferable to diverse community settings – large or small, urban or rural and with substantial or minimal resources. And while a few of the examples may be familiar, the webinar series features excellent work that has not received much national attention.
The Farmers Market Resource Guide was developed to assist and encourage Oklahoma communities, farmers, and citizen groups to create and successfully operate vibrant community farmers markets. The resource provides links to various topics that surround how to better plan and sustain a farmers market as well as the regulations a farmers market in Oklahoma must follow with forms and sample policies.
Click here to access the guide.
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) has released videos to encourage adoption and strengthen implementation of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. Developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and ASCD, the WSCC model uses an integrated, collaborative approach to address barriers and supports related to learning and health.
The videos are designed for various audiences, including state education and health departments, schools, and partners. The videos feature three school districts that support and implement the WSCC model and focus on three themes:
The Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network developed Wellness Teams Work! A Guide for Putting Wellness Policies into Practice in Schools. This guide summarizes the evidence supporting the importance of active school wellness teams in promoting wellness policy implementation in schools.
An effective wellness policy can improve food choices, dietary intake, and physical activity for children in schools.To be effective, a wellness policy must be implemented, monitored, and assessed. Meeting wellness policy goals helps schools to fulfill each student’s nutrition and physical activity needs. By forming or increasing activity of school wellness teams, schools will be better equipped to comply with federal guidelines and help students to stay engaged, focused and ready to learn.