Healthy Lifestyles and Preventive Health

Healthy Lifestyles and Preventive Health

(918) 567-7000 or (800) 349-7026

The Healthy Lifestyles and Preventive Health program focuses on physical activity, nutrition, and health promotion intervention. It is designed to increase awareness about the incidence and prevalence of risk factors in diabetes and cardiovascular diseases in the 10 ¬Ĺ counties of the Choctaw Nation. The program promotes and hosts employee and community events and advocates for policy changes that focus on physical activity, nutrition, tobacco prevention, and overall healthy lifestyles. The goal is to reduce or eliminate health disparities among Native Americans and communities for obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other diseases.

Annual events sponsored by Healthy Lifestyles and Preventive Health include 1 mile walks/ runs, 5Ks, 10Ks, 15Ks, and half marathons. The program also collaborates with outside entities to assist in providing events and outreach in physical activity and nutrition. Additionally, the team hosts basketball and softball tournaments for employees and their families, a youth fitness camp in the summer, and supports employees and their families for participation in running and cycling events outside of the 10 1/2 counties. The team provides several fitness challenges during the year and works with local schools, after school programs, and youth centers, providing education in nutrition and promoting activity. The Preventive Health team participates in local health fairs and the annual Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival- Healthy Living Expo by providing education and screenings. The team also provides education on various diseases and assists with tobacco education and conducts cessation classes.