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For Release:  September 24, 2008
Contact:  Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Media Advisory
Health Coalition Announces State Plan to Combat Obesity -
TODAY

What:   News conference to introduce the statewide plan “GetFit EatSmart: The Oklahoma Physical Activity and Nutrition State Plan

When: Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008, at 11a.m.

Where:  State Capitol Blue Room

Who:                    
Stan Hupfeld, F.A.C.H.E.
Chairperson, Oklahoma Fit Kids Coalition
President and CEO, INTEGRIS Health

Michael Crutcher, M.D., M.P.H.
Secretary of Health and Commissioner of Health

Rebecca Mannel, B.S., I.B.C.L.C.
Co-Chair, Coalition of Oklahoma Breastfeeding Advocates

Anita K. Poole, J.D., LL.M.
Co-Chair, Oklahoma Food Policy Council

Sherry Fisher, R.N.
Chair, Oklahoma Action for Healthy Kids

Mary Massey, M.P.H.
Program Manager, Oklahoma Physical Activity and Nutrition Program

Background:        GetFit EatSmart: The Oklahoma Physical Activity and Nutrition State Plan represents the input of hundreds of individuals and more than 60 organizations across the state. This effort provided the expertise necessary to develop a comprehensive framework that all organizations and citizens can use as a guide to improving health through improved nutrition and increased physical activity for present and future generations. The plan outlines a statewide effort to prevent and reduce obesity and other chronic diseases by promoting healthy eating and physical activity. According to reports issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Oklahoma’s obesity rate for adults is the 8th highest in the nation, and for high school students it is tied for 6th highest in the nation. 

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