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For Release: November 20, 2008
Contact: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications

11th Annual Turning Point Forum & Oklahoma Fit Kids Conference Scheduled in December

"Moving Prevention Upstream" is the theme for the 11th Annual Turning Point winter conference sponsored by the Oklahoma Turning Point Council and the Oklahoma Fit Kids Coalition. The conference will be held Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 10-11, at the Nigh University Center, University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. Sessions will begin Wednesday morning, Dec. 10, at 8 a.m.

Topics will cover the state's leading health issues that impact the quality of life for all Oklahomans and will feature special youth and community messages. Concurrent workshops will include the following:

Being There: A guide for communities on setting up programs to teach parents how to talk to kids about sex

Community Champions

Grant Writing Vitals

Facilitating Dialogue Upstream: OK Health Equity Campaign

Obesity, Physical Activity & Community Resources Panel

Pandemic Influenza Preparedness & Protecting the Food System

Worksite Wellness

Building Assets in Kids

Keynote speaker for the conference is Dr. Diane Allensworth, associate director for education in the Division of Partnerships and Strategic Alliances, National Health Marketing Center. She will open Wednesday morning with a message about the link between health disparities and education inequities and strategies to include in the school health program to reduce such inequities.

The conference will include public health exhibits and activities. As part of the conference, the Oklahoma Certified Healthy Business program continues to recognize businesses that are working to improve Oklahoma's health by providing health and wellness opportunities for their employees. Community Champion Award winners will be recognized during the conference and a panel of award recipients will share their insights into what made their projects successful. This program supports efforts to improve Oklahoma's health status and works with the statewide Strong and Healthy Oklahoma Initiative to help people "eat better, move more, and be tobacco free."

Advance registration of $35 is available until Dec. 1 for the two-day event. The cost increases to $50 at the door. 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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