CITIES AND GOVERNMENTS
City and Governments is one of the four sectors run by the Oklahoma County Healthy Living Program. This sector specifically focuses on three key areas: healthy food access, active living and transportation and tobacco free city owned property. See below for further details about each area of work.
Healthy Food Access
Oklahomans typically don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables, which are vital components to a healthy diet. Our program works with cities as well as store owners to improve the access, quality and affordability of healthy foods. We see this need going beyond grocery stores, so we conduct outreach to small store owners in food deserts to serve the most vulnerable populations. Click here to learn more about this specific project and how to get involved.
Active Living and Transportation
According to The State of Obesity, 32.8% of Oklahomans are obese. This can possibly lead to several preventable illnesses, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke. Promoting active living and transportation is key to decreasing obesity rates and improving overall health. Our program works to get people outside and back into their communities with an emphasis on physical activity, such as creating bike lanes, Safe Routes to School for children, trails, playgrounds, and other amenities.