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For Release:  Nov. 18, 2010
Contact: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
(405) 271-5601

Turning Point Forum & Oklahoma Fit Kids Conference to Discuss Health Challenges

"Turning Challenges into Opportunities" is the theme for the 13th Annual Turning Point Forum and Oklahoma Fit Kids Conference sponsored by the Oklahoma Turning Point Council and the Oklahoma Fit Kids Coalition. The conference will be held Thursday, Dec. 9, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Nigh University Center, Garland Godfrey Drive, University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.

This year’s topics will focus on cost effective, evidence-based practices to improve the health of communities. Topics will include:

  • Fitness Activities for Communities
  • Community Grocery Stores and Gardens
  • Teen Pregnancy/Male Involvement
  • Social Networking on a Shoestring Budget
  • CATCH Kids Club
  • Youth Panel

The keynote speaker, Laree Reidenbaugh, is a human resources programs field coordinator with the Oklahoma State Department of Human Services (DHS).  She coordinates the agency’s Employee Assistance Program and the Voluntary Chaplaincy services.  A prominent part of her career has been motivating individuals toward the achievement of their potential.  To this end she has been a guest speaker to many national and international civic organizations, educational institutions and government agencies including the Department of Commerce, the International Association of Personnel Services, the Salvation Army, universities, high schools, vocational facilities, chambers of commerce, and associations of judges and law enforcement officials. Reidenbaugh will inspire the attendees to think about “What’s on Your Report Card?”

Other events for the conference include honoring individuals and groups through Turning Point Community Champion Awards, Oklahoma Fit Kids Coalition Awards, Interagency Coordinating Council Awards, and Oklahoma Certified Healthy Businesses and Restaurants Awards. These awards honor those persons, programs, and businesses that are working to improve the health and well-being of Oklahoma children and youth, and highlight distinguished programs and service excellence in the areas of fitness, nutrition, and tobacco use prevention. 

Advanced registration is open until Dec. 6 with a preregistration fee of $35. 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 or money orders should be made payable to the Public Health Institute of Oklahoma.

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