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FOR RELEASE: April 6, 2007
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Media Advisory
Strong and Healthy Oklahoma News Conference Scheduled

What:                                 News conference to launch Gov. Brad Henry’s Strong and Healthy Oklahoma statewide plan, consumer guide, and Web site – all designed to help improve the health of Oklahomans

When:                                Friday, April 6, 1:30 pm

Where:                               Blue Room, State Capitol

Featuring:                         Michelle Hale Director, Tulsa Office, Office of Gov. Brad Henry

                                           Dr. Mike Crutcher State Health Commissioner and Cabinet Secretary of Health

                                           Sunshine Cowan Chair, Oklahoma Turning Point Coalition

                                           Bruce DeMuth Chief of Staff, Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education

                                           Anne Roberts Executive Director, Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy

                                           Wyndham Kidd, Jr. President, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma

Background:                    Many diseases -- including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and stroke -- can be prevented by following a healthy lifestyle, but it is often difficult in today's fast-paced world for people to make the right health choices. Overscheduled and overstressed, we develop bad habits, neglect exercise and opt for the convenience of fast food over healthier selections. Yet the road to better health is really quite simple: Eat Better, Move More, and Be Tobacco Free.

To help Oklahomans overcome the barriers to improving their health, Gov. Brad Henry’s Strong and Healthy Oklahoma initiative is connecting programs and partnerships throughout Oklahoma to provide access to health resources where we live, work and learn.

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