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Norman Regional Health System
NORMAN – Norman Regional Health System’s Fit Families received the 2007 Distinguished Corporate Leader Award from the Oklahoma Fit Kids Coalition. Fit Families teaches the entire family how to live healthier lives by educating them about proper dietary habits, ideal levels of physical activity, coping with stress, and building self-esteem.
Fit Families is based on the concept that involving the entire family creates a supportive environment that encourages all members to become more active and make positive lifestyle changes. Families are invited to join the program if their child is between the ages of 5 and 11, has a health screening at school, and is identified as being overweight or at risk for becoming overweight. Physicians also may refer families to the program.
David Whitaker, President and CEO of Norman Regional Health System, stated, “It is an honor to receive the Distinguished Corporate Leader Award from the Oklahoma Fit Kids Coalition. Fit Families is just one of our many programs that is helping us achieve our goal of becoming the healthiest community in Oklahoma and the entire Southwest.”
The newest Fit Families activity is S.N.A.P (sports, nutrition, active play) Camp. The goal of S.N.A.P. Camp is to teach children losing weight and being healthy can be fun. S.N.A.P. Camp is for children, ages 6 to 12 that have attended Fit Families or expressed an interest in Fit Families.
“We’ve received so much positive feedback in response to Fit Families and S.N.A.P. Camp. Several families have told me how they’ve enjoyed the programs and can’t wait to participate next year,” said Janice Carr, RN and Health Promotion Specialist at Norman Regional Health System.
Fit Families has won awards from the Oklahoma Public Health Association and National Health Information Awards. It also has become recognized as a model program that can be replicated in other communities.
For more information about Fit Families, call Norman Regional’s Community Health and Wellness department at 405.307.6603.
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