OCCHD Named Health Champion


American Diabetes Association Names Oklahoma City-County a Health Champion

Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD) is excited to announce today that it’s been chosen as one of six companies and organizations from Central Oklahoma to be a designated Health Champion as part of the American Diabetes Association’s Wellness Lives HereTMinitiative. This designation recognizes companies and organizations that are committed to improving employee health through inspiring and encouraging wellness programs in the workplace.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the American Diabetes Association as a workplace that strives to stay active and encourages employees to participate in wellness programs. Promoting health is one of our core values, and we can’t expect the public to change if we don’t lead by example. I continue to be in awe of the OCCHD team as they push through health obstacles and shift our culture of health,” said OCCHD Executive Director Gary Cox.

OCCHD has focused its efforts on employee health and wellness the past several years thanks to Lorri Essary, manager of operations for OCCHD’s community health division. She and her team molded programs designed to offer employee health screenings, encourage employees to move like plank or squat challenges, and track all physical activity, such as community walks, running in a 5K and participating in biking events, in order to win prizes.

“We are constantly looking for new ways and ideas to promote health, and I am thankful for the vision of our leadership team that allows me to work on shifting our health outcomes at OCCHD,” said Essary.

“For most Americans, the majority of our days are spent working sedentary jobs, so it’s more important than ever for our workplaces to encourage healthful habits,” said Alicia McAuliffe-Fogarty, PhD, CPsychol, vice president of lifestyle management for the American Diabetes Association. “Our Wellness Lives Here initiative is designed to provide employers across the country with a roadmap for promoting healthy habits, and we are pleased to see so many employers working to earn a Health Champion Designation.”

For more information about this program or to schedule a clinic visit, please call Ken Johnson, OCCHD Media Relations Coordinator, at (405) 425-4315.