The Pottawatomie County Health Department is proud to announce that 56 local entities have been awarded Certified Healthy status for 2018. Certified Healthy Oklahoma is a free statewide certification that recognizes entities going above and beyond to make health and wellness a priority for all. The program is open to businesses, campuses, communities, congregations, early childhood programs, restaurants, and schools.

A crucial factor in improving the health of Oklahomans is providing a variety of opportunities for residents to make healthier choices where they live, work, learn, play, and pray. Certified Healthy Oklahoma meets this challenge by recognizing a wide variety of entities which encourage health-focused behaviors and policies.

These certifications provide opportunities for Pottawatomie County to create environments which support health policies and individual health decisions which ultimately improve Oklahoma’s health outcomes,” said Brenda Potts, Regional Director. “We applaud all Certified Healthy Oklahoma recipients for making the healthy choice the easy choice, and for helping to create a culture of wellness in their communities.”

Certifications are awarded at the Basic, Merit and Excellence levels, depending on the number of criteria fulfilled. The following entities received recognition by the Certified Healthy Oklahoma program, sorted by program area and certification level:

Certified Healthy Business

Excellence:

CREOKS Behavioral Health – Shawnee, Department of Human Services – Shawnee, Gateway to Prevention – Prevention & Training, Gateway to Prevention and Recovery, McLoud Public Library, Pottawatomie County Health Department, Senior Citizens of Shawnee, Inc., Shawnee Senior Center, Shawnee public Library, Shawnee Public Schools, South Rock Creek School, Tecumseh Public Schools, YMCA of Shawnee Oklahoma, Inc.

Merit:

City of McLoud, SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital - Shawnee

Basic:

Finley & Cook, PLLC, Grove Elementary School District, Pleasant Grove Public School

Certified Healthy Campus

Excellence:

Gordon Cooper Technology Center

Certified Healthy Community

Excellence:

City of Shawnee

Merit:

City of McLoud

Certified Healthy Early Childhood Program

Excellence:

AST Building Blocks Child Development Center II, Crossroads Bethel Head Start, Crossroads Learning Tree HS/EHS, Crossroads Maud Head Start, Crossroads Neighborhood Head Start, Crossroads Tecumseh Head Start, Crossroads Treasured Moments EHS, Crossroads YFS HS/EHS Union

Merit:

GCTC Early Care and Education Center, Shawnee Family YMCA CDC

Certified Healthy School

Excellence:

Asher High School, Earlsboro Elementary School, Earlsboro High School, Asher Elementary School, McLoud Early Childhood Center, McLoud Elementary, McLoud Intermediate School, McLoud Junior High, McLoud Public Schools, Pleasant Grove Public School, Horace Mann, Jefferson Elementary, Jim Thorpe Academy, Sequoyah Elementary, Shawnee Early Childhood Center, Shawnee High School, Shawnee Middle School, Will Rogers Elementary, South Rock Creek School, Barnard Elementary School, Cross Timbers Elementary, Tecumseh Early Childhood Center, Tecumseh High School, Tecumseh middle School

Merit:

Grove School, Maud Elementary School

All award winners will be acknowledged at a ceremony and luncheon at the Embassy Suites in Norman on March 7, 2019.

The Certified Healthy Oklahoma program is a joint effort of the Oklahoma State Department of Health, The State Chamber, The Oklahoma Academy, Oklahoma Turning Point Council, and additional partners who are helping to shape a healthier future for Oklahoma.

The application process for 2019 opens Aug. 1. More information including criteria details and the application can be found at www.certifiedhealthyok.com For local information on Certified Healthy Oklahoma, please contact: Pottawatomie County Health Department, (405) 273-2157.