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FOR RELEASE: October 1, 2003
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Media Advisory

Walk This Weigh Oklahoma, To Promote Better Health
Walk Scheduled to State Capitol Tomorrow!

What: Walk This Weigh Oklahoma health promotion kick off for Oklahoma County and statewide health campaign to walk to improve health.

Date/Time: Thursday, Oct. 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Walk for Health Day

Location: Employees from several state agencies in the state capitol complex will make their way to the south steps of the state capitol building. One walking route will be led by a drum corps from Douglass High School beginning at 11:30 a.m., at the east end of Stanton L. Young Boulevard at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Walkers will head west to Lincoln Boulevard, and then turn north toward the south steps of the state capitol, picking up additional walkers along the way.

Featuring: Oklahoma State Health Commissioner Dr. Leslie Beitsch and other state leaders will lead the Walk for Health to the State Capitol to seek support to improve Oklahoma’s health status. Speakers will address the walkers at about 12:15 p.m.

Background: The message is simple. Walk This Weigh Oklahoma encourages Oklahomans to walk at least 30 minutes a day, three times a week, reduce fat intake by one to three percent, and enjoy a healthier life.

Walk This Weigh Oklahoma is designed to improve the health of all the residents of Oklahoma by:

  • raising public awareness through a fun and innovative approach to reducing individual weight and increasing physical activity levels;
  • implementing healthy community design and smart growth strategies; and
  • advocating for nutritional and physical activity policies and standards in schools, worksites, healthcare systems, and governmental entities.

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Local Community Plans for October 2 Kick-off

1. Walk This Weigh - Norman

  • Kick-off is at 12:15 at Andrews Park. Mayor Henderson will lead the way.
  • Worksite Walking - workshops on how to develop a walking program for local employers. Local businesses providing incentives.
  • Celebrity Stroll - Community residents walk and talk with local celebrities. Mayor Henderson will be the first celebrity walker in October.
  • Family Spotlight - Highlight the successes and frustrations of Norman families as they make lifestyle changes. Participants will receive nutrition information, personal trainer consultations, and will have access to Norman’s fitness centers for at least 3 months. YMCA has agreed to help.
  • Walk This Weigh on Route 66 - Elementary school program.
    Walk Your Child to School Day

2. Walk This Weigh - Jackson County

  • Kick-off is from 4:30 - 7:00 at the Altus Community Center and Reservoir.
  • Business team challenge for one year
  • Miss Oklahoma and Miss Altus will lead the walk at 6:00 pm on Oct. 2nd.
  • Booths will be set up to promote healthy living and proper nutrition
  • Healthy worksite certification
  • Walk the Block in downtown Altus
  • Walk Your Child to School Day
  • Health assessments provided by the hospital
  • Throughout the year there will be corporate challenge events such as tug of war, three-legged sack race, etc..
  • Elementary schools will be participating in the Walk this Weigh on Route 66.

3. Walk This Weigh - Cherokee County

  • Kick-off is at 5:30 at the NSU Beta Field and walking to Cherokee County Court House.
  • Merchants will set up booths outside their stores
  • Free water bottles will be given to participants
  • High school bands will join the walk
  • Participants will sign up for the 12,000 step program throughout the month of October at various locations in the county
  • 6 elementary schools will be participating in the Route 66 curriculum.
  • Local businesses will provide incentives for adults and kids

4. Walk This Weigh - Bristow

  • Kick-off is at 6:30 - Walk Main Street
  • The community will track their steps as they Walk Around the World.
  • Different routes throughout town that will lead to the various parks in Bristow and will provide world geography lessons.
  • Health assessments provided by the hospital
  • Quarterly workshops to be held at the library focusing on various health issues
  • Focus is on high blood pressure and diabetes

5. Walk This Weigh - Eufaula

  • Kick-off event is October 17 - Laps Around the Lake!
  • Enhancement of the Community Garden
  • Partnering with the Creek Nation on school-based curriculum in 3 rural schools in McIntosh County
  • Jump Rope for Heart with the kids

6. Walk This Weigh - Kingfisher

  • Kick-off is at 6:00 as participants walk down Robberts Street to Wheeler Bro’s Grain Elevator where they will weigh-in as a town and set a goal to loose so many bushels of weight!
  • Community by Design plans
  • Working with Kramer School of Nursing for evaluation
  • Walk Your Child to School Day
  • Walking School Bus
  • Trails and enhancements within 2-3 minutes of all citizens
  • Elementary schools will be participating in the Route 66 curriculum, tailoring it to focus on the Chisholm Trail.
  • 5 - monthly “incentive events” encouraging children to stay active and involved.

7. Walk This Weigh - Muskogee

  • Kick-off at Arrowhead Mall - 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Health Clubs will do demonstration of aerobic programs available
  • Style show with local retailers promoting their active wear
  • Senior groups performing their dancing groups
  • Handouts on nutrition and starting a walking program
  • Booths set-up by American Red Cross, Arthritis Foundation, American Heart Association, Connors Nurses Association
  • Promoted through local physicians, water bill and cable bills
  • Prizes for participants
  • Walk This Weigh on Route 66 in local schools
  • Video presentations and workshops throughout the year

8. Walk This Weigh - Choctaw County

  • One-mile walk beginning at Choctaw Memorial Hospital and ending at the Choctaw County Agriplex from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm on Oct. 2.
  • The hospital will be available during that time to do health screenings
    Healthy snacks will be provided to participants along the way
  • April 2004 - Local youth groups will treat the community to a day of health during a County Commissioner designated week during this month
    September 2004 - County Health Expo
  • Business participation by providing incentives for employees who participate in a walking program

9. Walk This Weigh - Choctaw Nation

  • Target groups include: Employees of the Choctaw Nation, Health Care Center, Jones Academy, Choctaw Nation Basketball Camps, Choctaw Nation Youth Summer Wellness Camps, Antlers Community, and Choctaw Nation Tribal Members
  • Implement “Employee Wellness/Fitness Program”
  • Host KICK-OFF Walk This Way “WALK”
  • Create “Virtual Trail of Tears Walk”
  • Implement Nutrition Education Programs
  • Host 5 Health Screenings & Goal Setting Events
  • Implement a Public Awareness Campaign on W.T.W. Objectives
  • Complete Walking Trails System behind Antlers Choctaw Nation Community Center
  • Implement Project Fit America with Jones Academy residents
  • Host Three Walk/Run Events
  • Host health screening and goal setting event at Choctaw Nation Health Care Center & Tribal Complex, repeat at 6 and 12 month benchmark
  • Assist employees in W.T.W. PASSPORT goal setting
  • Implement Fitness Center on Worksite(s)
  • Provide W.T.W. monthly activity and/or education program for participants
  • Encourage & Support Choctaw Nation Staff involvement by offering incentives/enhancements for participation

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