Vision: Decrease unintentional illness and injury in children through promising practice and evidence based health education activities, programs, and coalitions.
CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) Kids Club
The CATCH Kids Club program engages children with activities that promote proper nutrition and physical activity. The program is designed for after-school or childcare facilities serving grades K-5. Nutrition lessons are conducted 1-2 times per week, with 30 minutes of physical activity per day. Training and technical assistance for the program are provided free of charge. Implementation equipment is available through a stipend or at a discounted rate. Contact Sarah Lambaria, Health Educator for more information: SarahL@health.ok.gov or (580) 585-6612.
School Health Index
Health-related factors such as hunger, physical and emotional abuse, and chronic illness can lead to poor school performance. Health-risk behaviors such as substance use, violence, and physical inactivity are consistently linked to academic failure, missed days, and poor test scores. The School Health Index is a free tool designed to help schools identify strengths and weaknesses of their health promotion policies and programs. It provides the opportunity to develop an action plan for improving student health, ultimately leading to better test scores. Our health education staff offers assistance to schools wishing to complete the School Health Index as part of their Health and Fit School Advisory Committee, SB:1627. Contact Sarah Lambaria, Health Educator for more information: SarahL@health.ok.gov or (580) 585-6612.
Child Passenger Safety (0-12yrs)
The health department in conjunction with Safe Kids offers several car seat events throughout the year where certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians teach you how to properly install your child’s car seat, have a car seat checked, and/or purchase a car seat. The health department also has Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians on staff that can check your car seat. Please call (580)248-5890 to make an appointment. Visit www.safekids.org for more information.