Tobacco prevention seed grants announced for 2009

Four researchers who study tobacco use and the risk of tobacco-related disease in Oklahoma are the recipients of the 2009 Seed Grants from the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center, a program of the OU Cancer Institute. The grants, which total more than $200,000, help researchers initiate very promising projects that have yet to receive major federal funding from organizations such as the National Institutes of Health.

All projects at the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center (OTRC) focus on tobacco use and its effect on health, which is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. These funded pilot projects represent extraordinary research opportunities to better understand gene-environment interactions, priorities in health communication and disparities in tobacco-related disease burden.

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Oklahoma City ranks 45th on list of America’s fittest cities

Oklahoma City ranked as the 45th fittest of America’s most populous metropolitan areas according to the American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) American Fitness Inde (AFI). ACSM unveiled the 2009 rankings and released the AFI data report, “Health and Community Fitness Status of the 50 Largest Metropolitan Areas,” during the organization’s annual meeting in Seattle. The report, produced in partnership with the WellPoint Foundation, is a snapshot of the state of health and fitness in America’s 50 most populous metropolitan areas.

Based on figures related to healthy lifestyles and physical activity, the Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) of Oklahoma City scored 23.2 in the AFI data report. Oklahoma City ranked 50th on personal health indicators related to health behaviors, chronic health problems and health care. The area ranked 45th on community/environmental indicators related to the built environment, recreational facilities, park-related expenditures, physical education requirements and primary health care providers.

For a complete list of Oklahoma City’s strengths and challenges plus a breakdown of the components that helped make up its score, please visit the AFI web page and download the Oklahoma City report at

Free health screenings offered to promote better health in community

On the National Urban League and Walgreens Wellness Tour mobile health screening and education van will be at the Oklahoma City-County Health Department at 921 N.E. 23rd Street from noon to 6 p.m. offering free health screenings to adults. The screenings consist of six health screenings, which are collectively valued at $140. Screenings offered are total cholesterol levels, blood pressure, bone density, glucose levels, waist circumference and body mass index. The health screenings provide adults with a critical foundation for early disease detection and prevention.

Consumers can learn when a tour is scheduled to serve their community by calling toll free 1-866-484-8687. For more information about the Wellness Tour stop at the Oklahoma City-County Health Department, call 419-4142 or visit

Bone and Joint ranks tops in satisfaction scores

Bone and Joint Hospital at St. Anthony has achieved exceptional satisfaction scores as measured by Press Ganey Associates and HealthStream Research, satisfaction measurement firms, in three areas: patient satisfaction, employee satisfaction and physician satisfaction. The most recent inpatient satisfaction score, from a Press Ganey survey that compares Bone and Joint to more than 1,700 reporting hospitals, places Bone and Joint in the 94th percentile for the year. The recently released employee satisfaction scores as measured by Press Ganey, rank Bone and Joint in the 92nd percentile. Physician satisfaction scores as measured by HealthStream Research are in the 99th percentile.

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