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Healthy City

A new study confirms what we've known for years: Oklahoma is one of the nation's unhealthiest states. Out of 306 hospital referral regions in the commonwealth fund report, Tulsa ranks 281st, and Oklahoma City 298th, both in the bottom ten percent. But, there are efforts to turn around Oklahoma’s poor health climate. For nearly a decade the "certified healthy business" program has honored companies working to improve employee health. Two years ago, the legislature created the "certified healthy schools and communities act" to recognize healthy life-style improvements. Among the first recipients, the city of Miami, a place once known for its unhealthy habits, but not anymore. Over the next three years the tobacco settlement fund expects to pay out $2-point seven million dollars in grants to help certified healthy communities with projects like Miami’s trail system. The first grant awards will go out after T-SET's May board meeting. Schools and communities can earn a "certified healthy" rating by meeting some or all of a wide variety of criteria, including improving nutrition and physical activity, providing access to health services and preventing alcohol and tobacco use.

Related Topics: Health

Originally broadcast on March 16, 2012