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City of Duncan certified healthy community

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DUNCAN, OK (KSWO) - The City of Duncan is now a certified health community that continues to strive to become a healthier place to live, work, and play after receiving recognition from the State Department of Health.

The certificate showcases a wide range of things from businesses, to schools, and churches  that are committed to supporting healthy choices through environmental and policy changes. There are three levels of certification cities can apply for, basic, merit, and excellence.

The city of Duncan received a certificate of merit last week.

They had to show how they were doing good things in the community all while promoting a health lifestyle by implementing programs that will help Oklahomans to eat better, exercise more, and be tobacco-free.

Churches become tobacco-free, schools and restaurants provide more healthier options like fruit and veggies, and The Duncan Regional Hospital has more outreach programs and community wide fitness events for citizens.

Health educator for Stephens County Jennifer Mikesell said it means a lot to be a part of a community that is certified healthy and promotes a better lifestyle.

It's exciting! We are really excited that the city of Duncan applied this year and excited that they have the interest, the best interest of health and wellness for the community and their minds. They are working towards doing better at promoting health and health activities for community members that will increase the  wellness in our overall population," Mikesell said.

Mikesell said she wants to see City of Duncan move up to the excellence certification. The city would would receive a special reward and plaque for their achievement.

Mikesell also encourages more cities like Marlow, Bray, and Central High apply and get certified for being a healthy community.

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