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For Release: Oct. 13, 2011 – Pamela Williams, Office of Communications – (405) 271-5601

Application Date for Certified Healthy Oklahoma Programs Draws Near

Oklahoma has a vision – creating healthy places to live, work, learn and play so that our state can be a “bright spot” in the nation. Two new Certified Healthy Oklahoma programs offered by the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) – Certified Healthy Schools and Certified Healthy Communities – provide opportunities for schools and communities to achieve certification in activities they provide to Oklahomans to improve their health and the health of others. Schools interested in meeting the challenge of improving the health of their students and staff, and communities who are willing to commit to creating healthy environments, may be interested in applying for certification that will recognize their investment and dedication.

Applications to become a Certified Healthy School or Certified Healthy Community must be submitted by Nov. 1, 2011, for consideration and recognition at a special ceremony in Oklahoma City March 1, 2012. Each program has three levels of certification: Basic, Merit and Excellence. Criteria details and application information for both are available at http://www.okturningpoint.org.

Application criteria for schools seeking to become a Certified Healthy School include demonstrating the availability of health education, physical education, health services, nutrition services, counseling, psychological and social services, healthy and safe school environment, health promotion for staff, and community involvement being offered at a school site.

Application criteria for communities seeking to become a Certified Healthy Community include addressing such issues as tobacco and alcohol use prevention, improving nutrition and physical activity, addressing built environments and transportation, health services, and community education offered within a community site.

“The Certified Healthy Oklahoma programs are an exciting way to expand the ‘Shape Your Future’ health initiative that challenges Oklahomans to eat better, move more and be tobacco free,” said Neil Hann, chief, OSDH Community Development Service.

Communities seeking Certified Healthy Community certification are also encouraged to visit the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Fund (TSET) website at http://tset.ok.gov/grants for information on an exciting opportunity to apply for incentive grants. Certification as a Certified Healthy Community is the first step toward eligibility to receive the Healthy Communities Incentive Grant funds. Application guidelines for incentive grants will be available in January 2012. Communities awarded incentive grants may apply the funding to enhance local wellness policies and actions that will improve community health.

For more information about any of the Certified Healthy Oklahoma programs, contact Whitney Kemp, OSDH Community Development Services, (405) 271-9444, ext. 56433, or email whitneyw@health.ok.gov. For information about the Healthy Communities Incentive Grants, contact Connie Befort, TSET Program Manager, (405) 521-4895 or email connieb@tset.ok.gov.





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