Four of Cherokee Nation's health centers, including the Redbird Smith Health Center in Sallisaw, and W.W. Hastings Hospital and the tribe's entire health services department are deemed "Certified Healthy" by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The Vinita Health Center, Three Rivers Health Center in Muskogee, Redbird Smith Health Center in Sallisaw and Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center in Stilwell were recently selected among 1,700 winners of the Certified Healthy Oklahoma award for 2014, the tribe announced Wednesday. The designation for maintaining a healthy campus for employees is administered by the state, Oklahoma Academy, state chamber and Oklahoma Turning Point Council.
Connie Davis, executive director of Cherokee Nation Health Services, said, "I believe it is important as a health department to set the example of making healthy choices. If we can create a work environment that not only encourages but supports these important changes in our lifestyle, then we have made a real impact on ensuring healthy generations to come."
Employees take advantage of fitness rooms, daily exercise, and diet and nutrition classes offered at each of the sites. The tribe's Early Childhood Unit was also recognized as "Certified Healthy" for providing a healthy nutrition policy for staff and Head Start children. The awards are given annually in six categories: businesses, restaurants, schools, campuses, early care and education, and congregation.
For more information on Cherokee Health Services, call 918-453-5657. For a list of state award winners, visit www.ok.gov/health/.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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