ENID, Okla. — Taking it public
“There are different levels of prevention,” Jackson said, “and the primary prevention is changing the environment in our county. We want to reach all levels of health and change the environment in our county to make it a healthier place to live.”
The next step in the MAPP process will be to conduct a lengthy “Forces of Change Assessment,” an inventory of the county’s strengths and weaknesses related to the six selected areas of emphasis.
During that process the health department and MAPP coalition will continue to host public events aimed at promoting healthier lifestyles.
The next of these events will be the annual “Kick Butts” tobacco cessation and prevention campaign, sponsored by the Garfield County Tobacco Free Coalition.
Kick Butts will begin March 17 with a kickball tournament at Meadowlake Park.
Teams of at least five members will compete for prizes and bragging rights.
Teams and individuals also will compete to see who can pick up the most cigarette butts in the park.
Prizes from the March 17 event will be presented March 20 during an awareness day planned at Oakwood Mall.
The March 20 event also will feature a youth poster contest focused on reducing tobacco use in the community.
The health department also will host the “Walk This Way” competition beginning April 13, with teams competing to see which team can log the most miles walked during a six-week campaign.
Jackson said the goal of the Walk This Way competition is to get each team member to walk at least 30 minutes per day and promote healthy exercise habits that will last long after the competition.
Jackson said more details on the Walk This Way and Kick Butts events will be available soon.