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Fill-in-the-Blank News Release for County Health Departments

Public Health Week, April 3 - 9, 2000

For Release: March __, 2000
Contact: (Administrator)
____________ County Health Department
(Phone #)

Health Officials Ask Communities to Make Fitness A Priority

County Health Department Administrator _____ calls the current risk of health problems related to lack of regular and sustained physical activity in _____ County "deplorable."

"There are too many couch potatoes and not enough people exercising, which leads to dangerous results," _____ said. "Exercising sounds simple enough, so why aren’t more people doing it? How can the communities in _____ County get involved to find solutions to improve the health status of those who live in this county through increased physical activity?"

The _____ County Health Department hopes these and other health related issues will be discussed during National Public Health Week, April 3 - 9. This year’s theme is Healthy People in Healthy Communities.

"The combined effect of overweight and lack of exercise puts far too many _____ County residents at risk for serious health conditions," _____ said. For instance:

Administrators can fill in information from their county health profiles generated from the State of the State’s Health Report. (For online access to your county(ies) report(s), go to: www.health.state.ok.us/board/state/profiles/sos.asp.)

"We want to encourage our communities to find ways to promote physical exercise," said _____. "We recommend walking, bicycle riding and swimming -- especially water aerobics for older persons who may have weight-bearing problems -- as good ways to start reducing obesity and improving health through regular exercise.

Few communities in _____ County have safe bicycle routes or walking paths; however, parents and employers can work with other interested persons in the community to improve or build these paths with the help of business or civic sponsors. (Administrators can fill in here to highlight successful programs. For example, Guymon, Norman and Ardmore have all completed new bicycle paths in their communities.)

_____ reminded persons to always wear helmets when riding a bicycle to prevent head injuries.

For additional information on promoting exercise or information on other ways _____

County residents can improve their health, contact the _____ County Health Department at (phone number).

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