Oklahoma Public Health Association

Certified Healthy Oklahoma Programs


The Certified Healthy Oklahoma Business Program began in 2003 as a way to recognize businesses that were working to improve employee health.  Healthy businesses contribute to creating a healthier Oklahoma.  Businesses that have become certified know that creating a healthier workplace is important to productivity, morale, and employee health.  

Since the program started, more than 1,000 Oklahoma businesses have become certified.  In fact, the Certified Healthy Business Program was so successful that the Certified Healthy Restaurant award program was started.  

In 2010, House Bill 2774 created the Certified Healthy Schools and Communities Act.  These are two new voluntary certification programs recognizing communities and schools that promote wellness, encourage the adoption of healthy behaviors and establish safe and supportive environments.  

Following these certification programs, the Oklahoma Turning Point Council was approached to offer a College Campus certification. This certification program is available to all Oklahoma colleges and Career Technology Centers.  

All certification programs have three award levels: basic, merit and excellence.  Each certification program follows strict criteria and is available to preview on the Turning Point website.  For complete information, simply go to www.okturningpoint.org and click on Certified Healthy Programs and scroll down to one of the five programs.  Online applications are available August through November of each year. 

Certified Healthy Oklahoma Programs


  • Businesses

  • Restaurants

        * A recent article published in Preventing Chronic Disease, a peer-reviewed journal of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), found that the people most likely to use restaurant menu labeling were those who already are exercising, eating more fruits and vegetables, and drinking less soda and sugar-sweetened beverages.  Read the article HERE.

  • Schools

        * The U.S. DHHS, CDC, and RWJF-supported Bridging the Gap research program developed a series of 7 briefs highlighting opportunities to support wellness policies through evidence-based strategies.

        * Let's Move Active Schools
           Resources, technical assistant, and grants available

        * Build Your Own Safe Routes to School District Policy

        * Fire Up Your Feet Spring Challenge Kicks off in April

  • Communities

  • * HERO (Health Enhancement Research Organization)HERO (Health Enhancement Research Organization) recently convened business executives and organizational thought leaders in support of a collaborative initiative that " seeks to improve the health of America through employer leadership within their communities."  A final summary report, Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Communities, is now available.

  • Campuses

For more information, please contact:

Oklahoma State Department of Health
1000 NE 10th Street, Room 403
Oklahoma City 73117-1299
Phone:  (405) 271-3619
Fax:  (405) 271-9053

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