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August 17, 2017

Apply Now for Certified Healthy Oklahoma

Certified Healthy Oklahoma

The application period for Certified Healthy Oklahoma is now open.

Certified Healthy Oklahoma programs are a joint effort of the Oklahoma State Department of Health, The State Chamber, The Oklahoma Academy, Oklahoma Turning Point Council, and other partners who are helping to shape a healthier future for Oklahoma. 

Criteria details and application information for all Certified Healthy Oklahoma programs are now available on the Certified Healthy Oklahoma website. The application period closes on November 1st. 

Successfully getting Certified Healthy Oklahoma status is the first step in meeting the criteria for TSET's Healthy Communities and Healthy Schools Incentive Grant programs.

Fresher. Tastier. Healthier. Farmers markets bring a lot to the table.

 Build a healthy plate with fresh produce from your local farmers market.

Farmers Market

The food you buy at a local farmers market is the freshest and tastiest available, just ask Alan Ware, the assistant coordinator for the TSET Healthy Living Program serving Garvin County and member of the Pauls Valley Farmers Market Association. Ware spent 26 years working for the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and helped start a farmers market in Pauls Valley.

But it took a lot of trial and error to get it started. The Pauls Valley farmers market officially opened in June and offers 100% Oklahoma-grown produce, giving locals access to quality fruits and vegetables.

The Pauls Valley farmers market is increasing the availability of fresh produce and accepts Chickasaw Nation vouchers for senior citizens. Organizers are working on a process to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for low-income individuals and families.

In Oklahoma, one out of every three adults are obese and less than half of the population consumes one fruit daily. About 75 percent of Oklahomans eat only one vegetable per day. By making fresh fruits and vegetables readily available, people are able to create healthier meal options. Fruits and vegetables are naturally low in fat, calories and sodium, and they have no cholesterol. Plus they contain lots of fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, all essential for good health.

Want to know how you can get your hands on fresh farmers market produce? Shape Your Future, a program of TSET, has added a free resource to help Oklahomans get familiar with local markets. The new webpage, includes farmers market tips, videos and more for first time farmers market visitors and market pros. The site also offers an interactive map to showcase markets statewide, and highlights markets that accept SNAP benefits, Senior Nutrition Farmers Market Program benefits, and Double Up Oklahoma markets.

Osburn Kids - Mall Signage

Gentry and Bodie, children of Rep. Mike Osburn, Edmond, love their fruits and veggies! The Osburns stopped by the display at Penn Square Mall earlier this month. The display is part of the Shape Your Future mall partnership program with eight malls across the state to share the message to eat better, move more and be tobacco free. These mall displays remind shoppers to eat their fruits and veggies to improve overall health to reduce the leading causes of preventable death in Oklahoma – cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Talk to your kids: stop tobacco use before it starts


Peer pressure to use tobacco isn’t the only thing parents should be worried about. For decades, Big Tobacco has been targeting kids in order to recruit new smokers. Through a variety of deceptive tactics, they ensure innocent and impressionable children are being bombarded with their products and messaging.

Why do they do this? Since more than half of all smokers die from smoking-related diseases, the tobacco industry counts on a steady stream of young newcomers to keep their business profitable.

Talk to your kids about the dangers of tobacco and find tips to get the conversation started here.

Coming soon: more information from Tobacco Stops With Me on the importance of stopping kids before they ever start using tobacco. 

Check out our Annual Report


Check out milestones and accomplishments from 2016 in the TSET annual report. Over the years, TSET’s mission has remained steadfast and simple: to reduce the number of preventable deaths from cancer and cardiovascular disease by preventing and reducing tobacco use and obesity.

Learn about Oklahoma’s health indicators and outcomes in our latest annual report by clicking here