FOR RELEASE: December 7 , 2007
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
Oklahoma Certified Healthy Business Awards Announced
The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) joined today with the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, the State Chamber, and the Oklahoma Turning Point Council to announce 92 award winners in the 2007 Oklahoma Certified Healthy Business Program. The announcement came as part of this week’s Tenth Annual Oklahoma Turning Point Council Forum held at the University of Central Oklahoma, George Nigh Center, in Edmond.
The Oklahoma Certified Healthy Business Program recognizes Oklahoma businesses that provide health and wellness opportunities, and are working to improve the health status of Oklahomans. To be certified, businesses must meet specific criteria, including providing employee health screenings, workplace health and nutrition education, opportunities for physical exercise activities, management support for healthy workplace environments, tobacco use prevention activities, and sharing wellness activities within their respective communities. Twenty-two businesses were selected this year to receive Certificates of Excellence, 51 Certificates of Merit were awarded, and 19 businesses received Certificate awards.
The program was initiated in 2003 and currently has certified 383 businesses through 2007. Categories include: small workplaces of 1-25 employees, medium workplaces of 26-100 employees, large workplaces of 101- 999 employees, and corporate workplaces of 1,000 or more employees. Education is a separate category.
Oklahoma’s Turning Point Council was created in 1998 and is acknowledged as a national model for involving the efforts of organizations, communities and consumers to maintain and improve the health of Oklahoma’s citizens.
The 2007 Oklahoma Certified Healthy Business Awards of Excellence are:
The Williams Companies, Inc. Tulsa, Corporate Profit
Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. Tulsa, Corporate Profit
Chesapeake Energy, Oklahoma City, Corporate Profit
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma, Corporate Non-Profit
Norman Regional Health System, Norman, Corporate Non-Profit
INTEGRIS Health, Oklahoma City, Corporate Non-Profit
St. Anthony Hospital, Oklahoma City, Corporate Non-Profit
ORS Nasco, Inc. Muskogee, Large Profit
SYSCO Food Services of Oklahoma, Norman, Large Profit
Duncan Regional Hospital, Duncan, Large Non-Profit
McAlester Regional Health Center, McAlester, Large Non-Profit
Stillwater Medical Center, Stillwater, Large Non-Profit
Tulsa Health Department, Tulsa, Large Non-Profit
Lifecare Oklahoma Home Health, Hospice, Personal Services Medium Profit
Lake Region Electric Coop. Hulbert, Medium Non-Profit
Cleveland County Health Dept. Moore, Moore, Medium Non-Profit
Cleveland County Health Dept. Norman, Norman, Medium Non-Profit
Hammert Bros Showcase of Homes, Oklahoma City, Small Profit
McClain County Health Dept. Blanchard, Blanchard, Small Non-Profit
McClain County Health Dept. Purcell, Purcell, Small Non-Profit
Blaine County Health Dept. Watonga, Small Non-Profit
Oklahoma School for the Blind, Muskogee, Large Education
To learn more about the Oklahoma Certified Healthy Business program and to apply for certification, visit the Oklahoma Turning Point Council Web site at www.okturningpoint.org.