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FOR RELEASE: November 20 , 2007
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

10th Annual Turning Point Forum & Oklahoma Fit Kids Conference, Dec. 6-7

“Celebrating 100 Years of Oklahoma’s Health” is the theme for the 10th Annual Turning Point winter conference sponsored by the Oklahoma Turning Point Council and the Oklahoma Fit Kids Coalition. The conference will be held Thursday and Friday, Dec. 6-7, at the Nigh University Center, University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. Sessions will begin Thursday morning, Dec. 6 at 8 a.m.

Topics will cover the state’s leading health issues that impact the quality of life for all Oklahomans and will feature special youth and community messages. Concurrent workshops will include:

  • The Power of Community Planning
  • Engaging the Media to Promote Community Health
  • Community Champions
  • Oklahoma’s Fitness and Nutrition Efforts

Keynote speaker, Mark Fenton, of Walk America and Active Communities by Design, will open Thursday morning with a message about working with communities to enhance opportunities for exercise. The conference will include public health exhibits and activities, as well as a choir and jazz band. Community Champion Awards and the Certified Healthy Business Awards will be presented during the conference. A panel composed of award winners will share their insights into what made their projects successful.

The Oklahoma Certified Healthy Business program continues to recognize businesses that are working to improve Oklahoma’s health by providing health and wellness opportunities for their employees. This program supports efforts to improve Oklahoma’s health status and works with the statewide Strong and Healthy Oklahoma Initiative to help people “eat better, move more, and be tobacco free.”

Donations of new teddy bears and dolls will be collected at the conference for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) to help children in child abuse and neglect cases throughout Oklahoma.

Advance registration for the two-day event is $25, with the cost increasing to $45 at the door. To register online, visit http://www.okturningpoint.org/ or download the registration form and mail it to: Public Health Institute of Oklahoma, P.O. Box 60926, Oklahoma City, OK 73146-0926. Contributions are tax deductible and checks should be made payable to the Public Health Institute of Oklahoma.

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