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FOR RELEASE: March 26, 2004
Eighth Annual State of the State’s Health Report Released Today
“Prevention is key to improving the health of all Oklahomans…” so begins the eighth annual State of the State’s Health Report, released today by the Oklahoma State Board of Health.
The 2004 report, “A Lifetime of Prevention,” notes that some positive trends have occurred in the past year in Oklahoma’s health status, due largely to health improvement initiatives and community-health partnerships, such as the Oklahoma Turning Point Initiative. These improvements include a decline in prevalence of smoking, reduced cases of infectious diseases, and progress in reducing infant mortality.
For the first time, the report includes a State of the State’s Health Report Card, which charts Oklahoma’s current status in a variety of health issues, and points out challenges that remain for improvement.
The Board of Health targeted seven health priority areas in this year’s report, and provided suggestions for health improvement as noted below.
Nutrition and Obesity
Physical Activity and Fitness
Tobacco Use Prevention
Injury and Violence Prevention
Immunization and Infectious Disease
Planning for Healthy Families
Public Health Systems Development
The State of the State’s Health Report can be found on the Web at http://www.health.state.ok.us/board/state.
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