Representatives from 27 hospitals across the state gathered at an
Oklahoma Hospital Association conference Tuesday, April 10, “Certified Healthy
Business: Next Steps.” The hospitals, which were all named Oklahoma Certified
Healthy Businesses earlier this year, discussed ways to challenge other
businesses and schools in their communities to institute wellness programs and
how to lead their communities to become Certified Healthy Communities.
The event, held at the Norman Regional Health System Education
Center, focused on hospitals working to improve Oklahoma’s overall health
statistics. Paula Price, RN, director of health promotion and
community, Norman Regional Health System, spoke to participants about NRHS’s
successful efforts around community wellness in Norman and Noble. To view
Prices’s PowerPoint presentation, go to www.okoha.com/wellness.
Gary Hayes, mayor of Noble, and Gail Hilty, Noble Public
Schools, spoke about their successful efforts to become a Certified Healthy
Community. Dr. Kathy Taber, principal at Jefferson Elementary in
Norman, and Nan Schuchman, physical education teacher, discussed
their partnership with NRHS in instituting student wellness programs and
becoming a Certified Healthy School. Pam Campbell, director of
community outreach, Lifecare Oklahoma, spoke about their successful efforts to
be a Certified Healthy Business year after year.
Conference attendees also participated in tabletop discussions to
explore ideas for working with their communities to bring about successful
The event was a part of the Oklahoma Hospital Association’s
hospital wellness initiative, Your 1 2 3. The Your 1 2 3 initiative challenges
hospitals and individual hospital employees to take the first three steps to a
healthier self, hospital and community. For more information on the Your 1 2 3
initiative, go to www.okoha.com/wellness.
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