Oklahoma boasts stunning state parks, vibrant American Indian culture and more than 400 miles - the nation's longest stretch - of colorful Route 66. Driving along that scenic route, however, you may notice the unfortunate fact that nearly 34 percent of the state’s children are overweight or obese, putting them at risk for serious health problems.
Thanks to support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation is working with communities throughout the state to make it easier for kids to lead healthier lives.
Our Work in Oklahoma
In Oklahoma, we’re making it easier for kids to develop healthy habits.
Five hundred schools serving over 242,000 students across the state have joined Healthier Generation's Healthy Schools Program, creating healthier school environments for children to thrive. Since 2007, 10 Oklahoma schools have been recognized with National Healthy Schools Awards for their outstanding efforts.
We’ve also made it easier for more than 5,700 youth in 59 out-of-school time programs to eat right and move more through our Healthy Out-of-School Time Initiative.
Healthier Generation enlists the help of regional and local partners to create healthier school environments. These partners, such as HealthCorps, receive specialized professional development training from Healthier Generation staff and gain access to Healthier Generation’s customized tools, resources and data that empower them to guide sites to improve physical activity and nutrition policies and practices.
Hear from a school champion from just one of the many schools and districts we work with in Oklahoma: Freedom Elementary School, a 2016 and 2018 National Healthy Schools Gold Award-winner enrolled in the Healthy Schools Program since 2013.