An important contributor to improving the health of Oklahomans is providing opportunities to make healthier choices where we live, work, learn and play. The Certified Healthy Oklahoma programs help meet this challenge by recognizing those communities, schools, businesses, campuses, early childhood programs, congregations and restaurants that encourage health-focused behaviors and policies.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) announced that applications are now being accepted for Certified Healthy Oklahoma’s seven categories of certification:
The Certified Healthy Business program recognizes workplaces that provide healthy living opportunities to their employees.
The Certified Healthy Campus program recognizes colleges and Career Technology Centers that provide a healthy environment for faculty and students.
The Certified Healthy Community program recognizes communities that offer citizens a healthy place to live, work, learn and play.
The Certified Healthy Congregation program recognizes communities of all faiths that provide health and wellness opportunities to their members and/or attendees and staff.
The Certified Healthy Early Childhood Program recognizes early childhood programs that are providing a healthy environment for children and their families, as well as their staff.
The Certified Healthy Restaurant program recognizes restaurants that provide healthy food options to their customers.
The Certified Healthy Schoolprogram recognizes schools that are teaching students and staff how to be healthy.
Each program has three levels of certification: Basic, Merit and Excellence. Applications must be submitted by Nov. 1 for certification consideration. Award winners will be notified in December and acknowledged at an awards ceremony in February 2016.
“We are pleased with the growth of the Certified Healthy Oklahoma program,” said State Health Commissioner Dr. Terry Cline. “Last year, more than 1,700 applicants received certification. We encourage this year’s potential applicants to consider how they are making the healthy choice the easy choice for their employees, customers, students, and residents, and submit an application for Certified Healthy Oklahoma certification.”
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.