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Community Health Improvement Plan – Obesity

There is no single or simple solution to the obesity epidemic. It’s a complex problem and there has to be a multifaceted approach. Policy makers, state and local organizations, business and community leaders, school, childcare and healthcare professionals, and individuals must work together to create an environment that supports a healthy lifestyle. There are several ways state and local organizations can create a supportive environment to promote healthy living behaviors that prevent obesity. For more information see the following links:

The factors leading to obesity are complex. Public health approaches that affect large numbers of different populations in multiple settings—communities, schools, worksites and healthcare facilities—are needed. Policy and environmental initiatives that create incentives to make healthy nutrition choices and physical activity opportunities available will prove most effective in combating obesity.  (For more on this see Healthy Oklahoma 2020, Page 32)

The State of the State’s Health Report provides data on more than 50 indicators related to health through an interactive website. The intention of this newer site is to better explain how various health outcomes and behaviors affect the overall health status of Oklahoma residents in a user friendly format. The information (grades and data) provided are to help identify patterns that occur across the state and counties, over time, and within particular groups.  (For more see this link - https://stateofstateshealth.ok.gov/)  According to 2016 data, Comanche County’s overall adult obesity rate was 32%. 

Obesity has important consequences on our nation’s health and economy. It is linked to a number of chronic diseases, including coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and some cancers. It is evident obesity has a major impact in Comanche County, considering the number one leading cause of death in the county is heart disease, which is compounded by a poor diet, physical inactivity, and tobacco use. (For more information on the Comanche County Assessment Obesity click link)

Following the results of the obesity assessment above, a plan was implemented.  This plan reported the survey results relating to Obesity and the Objectives, Goals and Strategies to concentrate on for the next 5 years- See this link for details.  

Click links for background information:

Obesity Working Group greatest accomplishments as of January, 2018:

  • Open Streets Lawton Fort Sill is a sustainable festival hosted by the City of Lawton
  • Lawton Farmers Market accepts SNAP and WIC
  • Lawton Farmers Market’s Double Up Bucks Program is implemented
  • City of Lawton implementing Universal Design Transition Plan projects for sidewalks
  • Walk to School Day with 5 area Elementary Schools this past fall
  • City of Lawton is working on adopting a Safe Routes to School Ordinance
  • 17 School Districts will be working with Fort Sill Healthy Army Community Pilot to work towards Alliance for a Healthier Generation criteria
  • Lawton Public School District is working on the implementation of their updated District Wellness Policy to be in compliance with the USDA Final Rule
  • Town of Medicine Park will be conducting a walkability assessment for planned projects with ODOT
  • Geronimo will be working with community partners to create an updated streets design codes
  • TSET Healthy Living Program and OSU-Extension will partner to work on presenting Healthy Food Retailer recommendations to Government leaderships in the county

Click link for complete January 2018 Obesity Working Group Updates

Obesity Working Group greatest accomplishments continues through June, 2018:

  • Open Streets Lawton Fort Sill continues to be a main attraction for families seeking physical activity events for their families. Open Streets is a sustainable festival hosted by the City of Lawton
  • Lawton Farmers Market accepts SNAP and WIC
  • Lawton Farmers Market’s Double Up Bucks Program is implemented
  • The Lawton Farmers Market also hosts a Tomato Festival Catch Up Run to encourage youth to be active and complete the race
  • The City of Lawton is working on adopting a Safe Routes to School Ordinance and updating their Complete Streets Resolution
  • Lawton Public School District is continuing to work on the implementation of their updated District Wellness Policy to be in compliance with the USDA Final Rule
  • Geronimo will be working with community partners to create an updated streets design codes, and also implement wellness polices
  • Fort Sill CYS implemented comprehensive wellness policy for all centers
  • The TSET Healthy Living Program conducted community surveys on the ability to find, afford, choose and use fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Working with co-grantees to assess availability and marketing of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Will work with co-grantees and OSU-Extension to present Healthy Food Retailer recommendations to Government leaderships in the county

Click link for complete June, 2018 Obesity Working Group Updates

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The Fit Kids (Obesity) group continues to meet each month at noon at Comanche County Memorial Hospital.  To get involved with FKSWO or for more information on the local TSET Healthy Living Program contact Taylor Thompson, MS at 580-248-5890 or email TaylorT@health.ok.gov.

 

For 2018 the dates are as follows:

  •  Aug. 23, 2018 (Thursday)         Oakwood Conference Rooms 2&3
  •  Sept. 27, 2018 (Thursday)         Oakwood Conference Rooms 2&3
  •  Oct. 24, 2018 (Wednesday)       Oakwood Conference Rooms 2&3
  •  Nov. 29, 2018 (Thursday)         Maple Conference Rooms 1&2
  •  Dec. 20, 2018 (Thursday)          Maple Conference Rooms 1&2

 

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