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June 26, 2018

Where to find fresh fruits and vegetables near you

Shape Your Future farmers market resource available

Shape Your Future Farmers Market

Melons and squash and tomatoes, oh my! From Oklahoma City to Tulsa and Ardmore to Bartlesville, Oklahomans have dozens of options to shop for local, fresh ingredients at the farmers market. Just in time for summer produce, Shape Your Future, a program of TSET that encourages Oklahomans to eat better, move more and be tobacco free, offers a free resource to help Oklahomans get familiar with local markets. The webpage includes farmer’s 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, Senior Nutrition Farmers Market Program, and Double Up Oklahoma benefits. Once you stock up at the market, be sure to fill half your plate with fresh fruits and veggies at meal time. Not sure what to cook? Get inspired by a Shape Your Future recipe by clicking here.

CDC Tips Campaign makes stops in Oklahoma

CDC Tips Campaign

Pictured from left to right: Former smoker, Rebecca; TSET Executive Director, John Woods; Former smoker, Brian; Tulsa Health Department Executive Director, Bruce Dart 

Two former smokers, Rebecca and Brian, stopped in Tulsa and Oklahoma City as part of the CDC Tips Campaign earlier this month to share their stories about how they were able to overcome tobacco addiction. Brian, an Air Force veteran, started smoking at a young age and has undergone a heart transplant and survived lung cancer. He has since quit smoking for good.

Rebecca started smoking at age 16 and was diagnosed with depression at age 33. She smoked frequently when she felt depressed, and at the time, felt it helped her cope with her feelings. In order to break the cycle, Rebecca quit smoking for good and has taken up a healthier lifestyle.

While smoking is on the decline, Oklahoma has one of the highest percentages of smoking-related deaths in the nation. For help quitting tobacco your own way, call 1-800-QUIT NOW or click here.

StateImpact Oklahoma: Hospital replaces pamphlets with conversations to get parents to stop smoking

Fragile NICU babies are at risk of complications from smoking caregivers

Tabitha Majors’ newborn son, Brayden, was born with a genetic condition that affects his jaw and hinders his breathing. As part of an Oklahoma Hospital Association program funded by TSET, Majors was asked to fill out a form on tobacco use and answered ‘yes’ when asked if she would like help from the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline. A hospital councilor at OU Medical Center then initiates a conversation with the caregiver and communicate openly about their decision to quit tobacco.

Babies that are born prematurely or have major surgery, like Brayden, can spend weeks or even months in the hospital. Their health issues can be aggravated by secondhand smoke.

Read the full StateImpact story here.  

StateImpact Oklahoma is a collaboration of NPR member stations in Oklahoma that focuses on how government policy affects people's lives.

Tabitha Majors and son

Tabitha Majors holds her son Brayden, at the neonatal intensive care unit. Photo courtesy of Jackie Fortier/StateImpact Oklahoma

Big Tobacco guilty of lying to the public and must run statements about products’ dangers on websites

Big Tobacco Found Guilty

Beginning June 18, 2018, tobacco companies must place the corrective statements on their websites and will run indefinitely. The statements will appear on the websites of all Philip Morris cigarette brands, including Marlboro; all R.J. Reynolds cigarette brands, including Newport and Camel; and four former R.J. Reynolds/Lorillard cigarette brands sold in 2015 to ITG Brands (Winston, Salem, Kool and Maverick). The statements will also appear on the corporate websites for Altria, Philip Morris USA, R.J. Reynolds and ITG Brands.

Make no mistake: The tobacco companies are not making these statements voluntarily or because of a legal settlement. They were ordered to do so by a federal court that found they engaged in massive wrongdoing that has resulted in “a staggering number of deaths per year, an immeasurable amount of human suffering and economic loss, and a profound burden on our national health care system,” as Judge Kessler wrote in her 2006 final opinion.

This case and the corrective statements are powerful reminders that tobacco’s horrific toll is no accident. It stems directly from the tobacco industry’s deceptive and even illegal practices.

2018 Turning Point Community Health Champions Awards - Nomination Deadline Extended to July 1

Do you know of an organization, coalition or partnership that has taken initiative in a project or event that has impacted the quality of life for a targeted audience?

The Community Health Champion Award Program recognizes the service and dedication of partnerships that make our communities better. Turning Point encourages nominations of initiatives, projects or events in Oklahoma that contribute to health improvement and quality of life in the community it serves through strategic partnerships and/or coalition efforts. Award categories align with flagship issues of the Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan (OHIP 2020) and include: tobacco, obesity, children's health, behavioral health and other.

In 2017, winners included the Canadian County Community Garden, Kingfisher County Healthy Living Coalition for their Fourth Friday in the Park initiative, which highlighted physical activity and nutrition in a tobacco-free venue that allowed families to spend quality time together locally, and Homer Elementary for its Wellness Adventure.