The Oklahoma State Department of Health has recognized 17 Edmond Public Schools and two Deer Creek Public Schools as “Certified Healthy.”
Schools, businesses, restaurants, college campuses and communities have an opportunity to apply for the designation. Each category has criteria for annual certification, ranging from supporting wellness through health screenings and education to providing a tobacco-free environment and encouraging healthy choices for staff, students and customers. Within each of the five categories, an applicant may be certified at basic, merit or excellence levels.
The following five schools received “Excellence” recognition: Santa Fe High School, Charles Haskell Elementary, Cross Timbers Elementary, Washington Irving Elementary and Will Rogers Elementary.
Six schools received “Merit” recognition including: North High School, Cimarron Middle School, Angie Debo Elementary, Frontier Elementary, Ida Freeman Elementary and Sunset Elementary.
“Basic” recognition went to six schools: Sequoyah Middle School, Summit Middle School, Cheyenne Middle School, Central Middle School, Centennial Elementary and Clegern Elementary.
“It is important for schools to provide environments that support healthy lifestyles,” said Superintendent David Goin. “We strive through both policies and procedures to give campuses the necessary tools to make good decisions in support of healthy habits.”
In Deer Creek, Rose Union Elementary and Deer Creek Elementary both made the Certified Health list.
In Logan County, schools making the list include Coyle Elementary, Coyle High School, Crescent Elementary, Crescent High School, Crescent Middle School, Mulhall-0rland Elementary and Mulhall-0rlando High School.
The “Certified Healthy” program is sponsored by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the Oklahoma Academy, the Oklahoma Turning Point Council and the State Chamber.
FOR A COMPLETE LIST of award winners in each category, visit the Oklahoma State Department of Health website at www.health.ok.gov.