More About the Program
The Certified Healthy Oklahoma Program is a free, voluntary statewide certification. The certification showcases businesses, campuses, communities, congregations, early childhood programs, restaurants, and schools that are committed to supporting healthy choices through environmental and policy change. These entities are working to improve the health of Oklahomans by implementing elements, policies, and programs that will help Oklahomans eat better, move more, and be tobacco free.
The Certified Healthy Oklahoma Program began in 2003 as a collaborative initiative with four founding partners – the Oklahoma Turning Point Council, the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, the Oklahoma State Chamber, and the Oklahoma State Department of Health. In 2010, Oklahoma State Statutes 63 O.S. 2061 and 63 O.S. 2060 created the Certified Healthy Schools and Communities Act.
What’s the Benefit of Becoming Certified Healthy?
Certified Healthy recipients are recognized as leaders in their communities for going “above and beyond” to make health and wellness a priority. Recipients are invited to a special awards event and receive widespread acknowledgement for their commitment to the health of Oklahomans. Certified Healthy recipients often use their recognition as a recruitment strategy or to advertise their dedication to a healthy lifestyle. Most importantly, Certified Healthy Oklahoma gives recipients a sense of pride in their passion for improving not only individual health, but Oklahoma’s future for generations to come.