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Governor's Fitness Walk Celebrates Employee Health Month


Encouraging Oklahomans to take steps to improve health was highlighted during Gov. Mary Fallin's fitness walk on the Capitol grounds.

Fallin led state employees on the 4th annual Wellness Walk on June 4. The Governor announced in a proclamation that the month of June will be Oklahoma Employee Health and Fitness Month, highlighting recent legislation like “24/7 Tobacco Free Schools,” initiatives such as Shape Your Future, Certified Healthy Oklahoma, and healthy the newly released Oklahoma 2020: Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan (OHIP).

TSET Executive Director Participates in Briefing on Youth Tobacco Use


In May, TSET Executive Director Tracey Strader participated in a Capitol Hill briefing on youth tobacco use trends, hosted by Legacy. The event was meant to raise awareness of youth tobacco use trends, including lesser-known but lethal products such as cigars and hookah. Other panel speakers included Cristine Delnevo, director of the Center for Tobacco Studies at the Rutgers School of Public Health. Legacy CEO and President Robin Koval opened the session by discussing how tobacco use among young people has evolved. Strader's remarks focused on the increased use on unregulated tobacco products and it's risks to youth.

Tobacco Control and Prevention in Oklahoma: Best Practices in a Preemptive State

Collaboration and partnerships among state and local partners is vital to support and sustain recommended approaches to reducing tobacco use among adults in Oklahoma. One article in the Oklahoma supplement of the American Journal of Preventative Medicine places a high value on partnerships in Oklahoma, where local entites are prohibited by state law to enact certain ordinances that would work to reduce smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke. These partnerships between TSET, the Oklahoma State Department of Health and other groups have been successful in improving the health and well-being of Oklahomans. 

TSET Ad Campaigns Used Nationally Through CDC Resource


TSET and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) work together and support each other through the Media Campaign Resource Center (MCRC), a service provided by the CDC.

The MCRC is a clearinghouse funded by the CDC's Office on Smoking and Health. MCRC licenses and maintains an inventory of existing tobacco control advertisements developed by a number of states, organizations, and federal agencies.

TSET not only uses ads that are in the MCRC, but also provides ads to the MCRC for use by other states. This allows TSET to keep campaign momentum and awareness of the health risks associated with tobacco use in our state, at little or no cost to TSET.

TSET ads in the MCRC have been run in Colorado, Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Georgia, Arkansas, Nebraska and Maryland. The most popular ads have been Visual Echo, James Capps and various Tobacco Stops With Me ads. 

TSET Grant Spotlight: Oklahoma Hospital Association


Two TSET grants to the Oklahoma Hospital Association are working to improve the health of Oklahomans by working in hospitals and clinics to create a culture of wellness through lasting changes that will reduce tobacco use by employees, patients and family members, emphasize healthy food choices and increase physical activity. 

Click here to learn more about the Hospitals Helping Patients Quit and the WorkHealthy Hospitals initiatives. 

Together these grants are working with health care providers to educate about cessation services and promote changes that make the healthy choice the easy choice. 

It’s Contagious: Health Habits Encourage Others To Be Healthy

On a recent visit to southern California I couldn’t help wondering, “what beyond the obvious natural resources and temperate weather, might be making the culture of health there so strong?”

I noticed that communities have strategically invested in the infrastructure to ensure that the public has access to the natural resources. There are pubic parks with areas to be active and areas to rest in the shade. There are trash cans, public restrooms, and all areas are clearly marked as smokefree and alcohol free to promote a healthy environment for all ages. In addition to those policies, the communities have also passed zoning ordinances limiting signage so the natural resources get all the attention.

While Oklahoma and California, have their differences, more and more research is showing that a culture of health is grown when it is embraced by residents and supported by communities. Our behaviors and emotions are “contagious,” and in Oklahoma health is catching on.

One article suggests six actions you can take that are, literally, contagious..

1.      Eat Healthfully – A review of 69 studies in March 2015 in the journal Appetite found that children mimic the healthy eating habits of their parents and peers, which can lead to a higher intake of vegetables and low-fat foods.”

2.      Slim Down – In a study published in Obesity in 2011, researchers found that overweight and obese young adults who believe their overweight and obese friends, family, and partners are trying to lose weight are more likely to follow suit.

3.      Work Out – In a study published in Psychology of Sport and Exercise in 2011, researchers found that people were more likely to work out if their romantic partners did so as well.

4.      Quit Smoking  – In one of the largest studies to date of the collective dynamics of smoking behavior, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2008, researchers found that if a spouse stopped smoking, his or her partner was 67 percent less likely to smoke.The researchers also found that even coworkers at small companies (up to six employees) influence each other’s smoking habits: If one person quit, the likelihood that a coworker would light up decreased by 34 percent.

5.      Limit alcohol – In a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2010, a husband was 74 percent more likely to abstain from drinking if a wife did so; a wife was 56 percent more likely to stop drinking if her husband quit; and friends were around 40 percent more likely to abstain if their pals did the same.

6.      Get vaccinated – You’ll reduce the chance that you’ll infect loved ones with a dangerous illness such as the flu, pneumonia, hepatitis, meningitis, or pertussis (whooping cough). Eighty percent of babies who catch whooping cough get it from a parent, sibling, grandparent, or babysitter, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Our health is in our hands, and together we Shape the Future for our children today and their children’s children. To get involved go to www.shapeyourfuture.com and www.certifiedhealthyok.com.   

Check out our Annual Report

Annual Report

Today, smoking among kids has been cut in half and, thanks to a decision by Oklahoma voters, a majority of tobacco industry penalty payments to Oklahoma are saved in a trust. Only the earnings are used to make sure fewer Oklahoma kids are smoking. 

Learn more about Oklahoma’s health indicators and outcomes in our latest annual report: http://bit.ly/TSETAnnualReport14

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TSET's new Healthy Living Program starts July 1. The 5-year community-based grant program will serve 63 counties. Learn more on the TSET website


TSET Partners to Support Community Gardens to Increase Oklahomans' Fruit and Veggie Consumption

Okmulgee Garden

Half of Oklahoma adults are not eating fruit daily, and about a quarter of Oklahomans don’t eat a single vegetable daily. Local community gardens are one way that community groups are hoping to increase the diet options of local residents.

Through incentive and community-based grants, TSET is partnering to help create community gardens. Guthrie, Okmulgee and Muskogee are just a few of the places that offer community gardens.

Click here to read more about the efforts and view a video about Guthrie’s community garden.