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For Release:   October 14, 2011 – Pamela Williams, Office of Communications – 405/271-5601

“Make It Your Business” Wellness Training Offered October 18 and 28

Oklahoma businesses are being encouraged to Make It Your Business for a Strong and Healthy Oklahoma by enrolling in a wellness training program to enhance the health and wellness of their workforce.  The Make It Your Business training opportunities are scheduled Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 9:00 a.m.to 12:00 p.m. at the Central United Way in Oklahoma City, and on Friday, Oct. 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Great Plains Technology Center in Lawton.  The program is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield, Integris, the State Chamber, the Journal Record, and the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH).

Businesses will learn how to implement policies and practices that will help benefit employee health through physical activity, nutrition, and tobacco cessation policies. The Make It Your Business curriculum is an easy to use toolkit divided into three sections:  eat better, move more, and be tobacco-free. The curriculum provides practical ideas to create wellness policies and programs for the workplace at little or no cost. Learn to:

  • Improve employee morale
  • Reduce number of medical claims filed by employees
  • Reduce sick days taken by employees
  • Increase employee productivity
  • Enhance the work environment
  • Attract new employees to your business

It makes good business sense to find ways to reduce costs, enhance productivity, and provide a healthy work environment. Currently, Oklahoma ranks first in deaths due to heart disease and third for deaths due to stroke. Smokers miss an average six days of work annually due to sickness, compared to nonsmokers who miss three days. The training is designed to help improve Oklahoma’s poor health facts and provide ways for employers to encourage employees to make healthier choices.

For information and to register visit the Strong and Healthy Oklahoma Web site at www.ok.gov/strongandhealthy/Tools_for_Businesses/Make_It_Your_Business/index.html.

Also, the Make It Your Business curriculum will help you move toward becoming an Oklahoma Certified Healthy Business. For more information on the Make It Your Business curriculum or how to become a Certified Healthy Business, contact: Laura Matlock, Evaluator, OSDH Center for the Advancement of Wellness via email LauraM@health.ok.gov

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