Pottawatomie County, TSET Heathy Living Program is proud to recognize the 31 local entities who have been awarded the Certified Healthy status for the year of 2017. Certified Healthy Oklahoma is a statewide certification process that recognizes entities, free of charge, for going above and beyond to make health and wellness a priority. The program is open to businesses, campuses, communities, congregations, early childhood programs, restaurants, and schools.

Pottawatomie County ranks 32nd out of the 77 counties in the state of Oklahoma in regards to health. Though the ranking has improved from 2017-2018, 37th to 32nd, there is still room for improvement. A factor that plays a major role in improving the health of Oklahoma residents is to provide a variety of opportunities for them to make healthier choices where they live, work, learn, play, and pray.

These certifications not only help provide opportunities for Pottowatomie County to support health policies and individual decisions in regards to health outcomes, but it also helps the community to recognize that there is a need and people who are willing to step up in our community to meet the need of a healthier county. We would like to acknowledge and congratulate those entities who chose to participate and implement Certified Healthy Oklahoma and were awarded for their efforts in improving public health.

Certifications are awarded by the following levels dependent upon the number of criteria that they fulfilled: Basic, Merit, and Excellence. The following entities received recognition by the Certified Healthy program. They are sorted by program area and certification level.

Excellence Level:

Business

Department of Human Services

Gateway to Prevention-Prevention & Training

Gateway to Prevention-Prevention and Recovery

Pottowatomie County Health Department

Senior Citizens of Shawnee, Inc., Shawnee Senior Center

Shawnee Public Library

Shawnee Public School District

Tecumseh Public School District

YMCA of Shawnee Oklahoma, INC.

Community

Earlsboro

Shawnee

City of McLoud

Early Childhood Program(s)

Building Blocks Child Development Center II

Crossroads Bethel Head Start

Crossroads Maud Head Start

Crossroads Neighborhood Head Start

Crossroads Tecumseh Head Start

Crossroads Treasured Moments EHS

Crossroads YFS HS/EHS Union

Little Hands Learning Center

School(s)

Asher Elementary School

Asher High School

Earlsboro Elementary School

McLoud Early Childhood Center

McLoud Elementary School

McLoud Intermediate School

Pleasant Grove Public School

Horace Mann Elementary School

Jefferson Elementary

Jim Thorpe Academy

Sequoyah Elementary

Shawnee Early Childhood Center

Shawnee High School

Shawnee Middle School

Will Rogers Elementary

South Rock Creek Schools

Barnard Elementary School

Cross Timbers Elementary

Krouch Early Childhood Center

Tecumseh High School

Tecumseh Middle School

Merit Level

Business

Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center, Office of Juvenile Affairs

City of McLoud, Municipality

McLoud Public Library

Community

City of McLoud

Early Childhood Program(s)

Luv N’ Stuf Childcare

Shawnee Family YMCA CDC

School(s)

Grove School

Maud Elementary School

Basic Level

Business

Pleasant Grove Public School

South Rock Creek School

VizOwn

Congregation

Grace Point Church/Grace United Urban Ministry

Ware Chapel CME Church

School(s)

McLoud High School

All award winners were acknowledged at the Certified Healthy Awards Ceremony on March 1, 2018 at the Cox Convention Center downtown Oklahoma City.

The 2018 Certified Healthy Application opens on August 1st 2018 and can be found at www.certifiedhealthyok.com at that time. Criteria details and additional information are located on the website as well.

For local information on Certified Healthy Oklahoma, please contact: Holly Gordon at hgordon@gatewaytoprevention.org or 405-275-3391.