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Health Department promotes Certified Healthy Oklahoma program

LAWTON, Okla._The Comanche County Health Department is now accepting applications for the 'Certified Healthy Oklahoma' programs.

The program started in 2003 as a way to help make Oklahoma a healthier place to live. They recognize communities, schools, businesses, early childhood programs, restaurants, and even churches that make healthy policies and practice healthy behaviors.

"You can't ignore the fact that you have leading health professionals, our surgeon general saying this is the first generation of children that aren't going to have the life expectancy of their parents," said Brandie O'Connor, Comanche County Health Department's regional director.

But the Certified Healthy Oklahoma program is trying to change that by enlisting the help of the community.

"It's providing a healthier place for our families. It's providing a healthier place for our seniors. It's providing a healthier place for our children," said O'Connor.

In 2013, Comanche County Memorial Hospital became certified healthy by achieving the highest of the three levels, excellence.

"We put our patients first here and our employees are so important in their care, we want to make sure that they are healthy and feel good about themselves as well,” said Andrea Hadley, spokesperson for Comanche County Memorial Hospital.

They make sure they have healthy options for their employees and patients. They even have a walkway that they encourage their employees to take to get to work. O'Connor says these are steps that if others took, could really improve our community.

"Again, it's just trying to get people to think what can my role be in providing a healthier environment for our children to learn, live, grow, work, and play as well as the adults," said O'Connor.

Last year, more than 1,100 applicants received the certification in the state, 38 of them in Comanche County, and this year they want more

"We don't want what the surgeon general is saying about this generation of children to be the truth in southwest Oklahoma," said O'Connor.

If you want to apply, the deadline is November 1. You can apply for the Certified Healthy Oklahoma program here.


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