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For Release:Oct. 18, 2012 - Pamela Williams, Office of Communications - (405) 271-5601

Application Deadline Nov. 1 for Certified Healthy Oklahoma Programs

Whether you are a business, a school, a restaurant, a campus, or an Oklahoma community, you can help Shape Our Future by becoming certified as a healthy place to live, work and learn.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reminds potential applicants for Certified Healthy Oklahoma certification that the application deadline is near – applications must be submitted by Nov. 1, 2012, for certification consideration.

The Certified Healthy Oklahoma certification program recognizes communities, schools, businesses, campuses and restaurants that encourage health-focused behaviors and policies that ultimately will help improve Oklahoma’s health outcomes.

Five categories of certification are available:

  • The Certified Healthy Business program recognizes workplaces that provide health and wellness opportunities for their employees.
  • The Certified Healthy Restaurant program recognizes restaurants that provide healthy food options to their customers.
  • The Certified Healthy School program recognizes schools that are teaching students and staff how to be healthy.
  • The Certified Healthy Community program recognizes communities that offer citizens a healthy place to live, work, learn and play.
  • The Certified Healthy Campus program recognizes colleges and Career Technology Centers that provide a healthy environment for faculty and students.

Each program has three levels of certification: Basic, Merit and Excellence. Award winners will be notified in December 2012 and acknowledged at an awards ceremony in Oklahoma City on Feb. 28, 2013.

The Certified Healthy Oklahoma programs are a joint effort of the Oklahoma State Department of Health, The State Chamber, The Oklahoma Academy, Oklahoma Turning Point Council, and numerous other partners who are helping to shape a healthier future for Oklahoma. Last year, more than 480 applicants received certification.

Criteria details and application information for all Certified Healthy Oklahoma programs are now available on the Oklahoma Turning Point Council website at www.okturningpoint.org.


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