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4 Easy Ways to Start Living Healthier

A healthy life involves more than just a salad for lunch every once in a while. In addition to eating healthy – being active, drinking water and avoiding tobacco are important actions that work together and make you feel better, move easier and stronger. So try a few of these ideas today! 1. How to…Continue Reading

5 Tips to Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes

Rates of type 2 diabetes, the most common type, have been on the rise in recent years. In Oklahoma, the rise is even more rapid. Each day, thousands of Oklahoma families, friends and communities work to manage this disease that can come with a host of complications. Prediabetes is where your blood glucose levels are higher…Continue Reading

How Screen Time Affects Kids’ Health

According to a report by Common Sense Media, in 2013, kids 8 and under spent about 15 minutes per day staring at a mobile screen.[1] Today, that number has jumped to over 2 hours. Older kids spend even more time in front of screens. While phones, tablets and computers are sometimes necessary for things like…Continue Reading

10 WAYS TO MAKE THANKSGIVING DINNER HEALTHY

Thanksgiving can be a hard time to make healthy choices, but here are some easy ways to make your holiday a little healthier.Continue Reading

5 Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Oklahoma

September kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month, and Oklahoma has tons of healthy ways to celebrate! You can get your 30 minutes of movement — and help your kids get 60 — by attending fun, Hispanic-themed festivals and events. Don’t forget to eat healthy too! With a few easy recipes, you can fill half your plate…Continue Reading

5 Maneras Para Celebrar el Mes de la Herencia Hispana en Oklahoma

El mes de septiembre empieza el Mes de la Herencia Hispana y Oklahoma tiene muchas maneras saludables para celebrar. Tu puedes moverte por 30 minutos y puedes ayudar a tus niños moverse 60 minutos con visitar festivales y eventos hispanos y divertidos. No puedes olvidarte de comer saludable también. Con estas recetas, tu puedes llenar…Continue Reading

10 Small Ways to Fight Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity is a growing epidemic. Just look at these alarming statistics.Continue Reading

25 Healthy Hacks for Busy Teachers

Teachers are busy. It’s the understatement of the century. To make your lives a little easier and healthier, follow these 25 healthy hacks from Shape Your Future (and find tons more healthy recipes and tips at ShapeYourFutureOK.com.Continue Reading

Oklahoma State Department of Health Launches New State of the State’s Health Report and Interactive Website

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) has unveiled a new website for the updated State of the State’s Health Report that will allow interactive access to information on health issues for all of Oklahoma. The new platform, https://StateofStatesHealth.ok.gov, provides data on more than 50 indicators related to health and replaces the cumbersome printed reports…Continue Reading

17 Easy Recipes & Tips for School Lunches

Finding time to pack school lunches in the morning can be just as challenging as getting your kids out of bed. Fortunately, we’ve compiled a list of easy recipes and clever school lunch ideas to jumpstart your day. All recipes are budget-friendly, requiring little time and little effort. Even better? No microwaving necessary. Plus, they’re…Continue Reading

SHAPE YOUR FUTURE PARTNERS WITH OKLAHOMA TOURISM TO HELP OKLAHOMANS MOVE MORE THIS SUMMER

Celebrate Parks and Rec and Picnic Month this July with outdoor physical activities OKLAHOMA CITY, July 18, 2018 – Two Oklahoma organizations are partnering to encourage Oklahomans to move outdoors in honor of Parks and Recreation and Picnic Month by offering a FREE two-night stay at an Oklahoma state park. Shape Your Future, a program…Continue Reading

Pick a Park and Picnic during Parks and Rec Month

For more than 30 years, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Parks and Recreation Month. But parks aren’t the sole focus. July has also been dubbed National Picnic Month. This year, Shape Your Future is encouraging Oklahoma families to partake in Parks and Rec and Picnic Month. Just pick a park and start…Continue Reading

Healthy BBQ Tips to Get You Fired up for Summer

Summer is finally here. It’s time to get outside and have some fun in the sun. How about a family BBQ? It’s a great way to spend time quality together, enjoy great food and even squeeze in some exercise. We’ve cooked up a list of great BBQ recipes that are healthy, delicious and easy to…Continue Reading

Make Dad’s day on Father’s Day. Give him the gift of health.

Father’s Day is almost here. Got any gifts ideas? Another tie? Another “World’s Greatest Dad” mug? Here’s another idea: How about giving him the gift of health? There are tons of fun ways to make Dad’s day special that bring the family together and promote healthier living. Here are a few to get you started.Continue Reading

10 Tips for Picky Eaters

Getting picky eaters to try new foods can be difficult. But if your child isn’t filling at least half their plate with fruits and vegetables, they’re missing out on much-needed nutrients! Follow these 10 simple tips to help your picky eaters pick healthier foods. And find more tips and healthy recipes at ShapeYourFutureOK.com.Continue Reading

How to Shop Healthy at the Dollar Store: 10 Things to Buy

While dollar stores are great for products like paper plates and party supplies, surprisingly, you can find healthy food products scattered throughout the aisles too! From canned fruits and veggies to high-protein foods like beans and nuts, smaller convenience stores often sell a variety of healthy, affordable ingredients. Whether you’re shopping for the week or…Continue Reading

10 Easy Hacks to Create a Healthy Workspace

It may feel like there aren’t enough hours in your extremely busy day to eat healthy and be physically active. However, there are opportunities everywhere to sneak in some healthy behavior — especially at work. Use the ideas below to eat better and move more during your workday. They’ll help you reduce stress, elevate your…Continue Reading

7 Meals to Make in 20 Minutes or Less

Busy weeknights usually call for quick, easy dinners. But too often, convenience gets put before nutrition. Sure, frozen pizza, hot dogs and French fries are simple and cheap. But they’re incredibly unhealthy and provide little — if any — nutritional value.Continue Reading

25 Healthy Hacks for Busy Parents

Parents are busy. It’s the understatement of the century. To help make your lives a little easier and your kids’ lives a little healthier, follow these 25 healthy hacks from Shape Your Future. (And find tons more healthy recipes and tips at ShapeYourFutureOK.com.)Continue Reading

8 Great Ways to Keep Kids Active on Break

Whether kids have a 3-day weekend or an entire week off from school, there are plenty of ways to break a sweat during break. At home, encourage your kids to turn off their devices, get off the couch and head outside with our activity ideas below. If you’re traveling over break, use our travel trip…Continue Reading

Fall in Love with These Free, Healthy Valentine’s Day Ideas.

Roses are red. Violets are blue. Teachers will love these healthy Valentine’s Day ideas… and parents will too! Help your kids show their health a little love this Valentine’s Day with fun, creative downloads, videos and more! Incorporate them into the classroom for your Valentine’s Day celebration, or have some heart-healthy fun at home!Continue Reading

Free Local Activities in Oklahoma

Oklahoma offers tons of free activities that help get you and your family moving. From hiking trails to biking trails to parks and parking garages, there are TONS of places you can get active — all at no cost! Move for 30 minutes every day — and help your kids move for 60 — with…Continue Reading

Family-Friendly Activities

Adults need 30 minutes of physical activity every day. Kids need 60. Now, how can you and your family get moving? There are TONS of ways! From games and sports to unique workouts, season-specific ideas and more, there are activities for any person, anywhere, any time! Check out the list below and get moving today!Continue Reading

Choose Small Changes Over Big Resolutions

It’s easy to set big and bold resolutions at the beginning of each new year. But after a few weeks (or even days), it can be tough to keep up with them. So instead of making big resolutions, start small. A few easy, realistic changes can help your family be healthier this new year.Continue Reading

Try Healthy Swaps to Help You Eat Better & Move More in 2018

In 2018, improve your health with free tips from Shape Your FutureContinue Reading

Tomato Sauce Uses: One Recipe. Endless Sauce-abilities.

Tomato sauce, tom-ahhh-to sauce. No matter what you call it, it’s healthy, tasty… and totally easy to make! With this 5-Minute Tomato Sauce recipe from ShapeYourFutureOK.com, you can whip up a variety of delicious, healthy dinners in no time. The possibilities for your tomato sauce uses are endless.Continue Reading

Easy Tricks to Make Your Halloween Healthier

On October 31st, you’re likely to fall into one of these three categories:Continue Reading

10 Ways to Make Your Family Walk Fun

A walk around the block is one of the easiest ways for families to get active. It requires no equipment. It’s free. And you can do it any time! Plus, getting outside and exploring your surroundings is a fantastic way to bond with the fam. Make your family walk a family tradition by going after…Continue Reading

How to Work Out with a Busy Schedule

Take a glance at your calendar. Does it look a little something like this? From work to appointments to kid’s practices, grocery shopping, meal prep and more, finding spare time in your schedule to get active can be like finding a needle in a haystack. But no matter how busy your day is, physical activity…Continue Reading

HEALTHY ADVENTURES AWAIT WITH SHAPE YOUR FUTURE

OKLAHOMA CITY, August 30, 2017 – With the start of the busy school season, Oklahomans are encouraged to keep healthy living top of mind with Healthy Adventures from the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) and Shape Your Future.Continue Reading

Your Free Guide to Oklahoma’s Farmers Markets

Visit the new Shape Your Future webpage for an interactive map, tips, videos and more!Continue Reading

How to Start Working Out

No matter how busy your day is, how cozy your couch is or how enjoyable your TV shows are, physical activity is essential for a healthy life.Continue Reading

Feel Like a New Man During Men’s Health Month.

Try these 9 activities this June. Men, it’s time to get active. No matter your age, shape or size, the benefits of physical activity are endless. It improves your mental health and helps you control weight. It helps relieve stress, especially when quitting smoking. Most notably, being physically active helps reduce the risk of heart…Continue Reading

5 Steps to Creating a Community Garden

April 22, 2017 marks the 47th annual Earth Day celebration. This Earth Day, make a world of difference with members of your community by starting a community garden. Why a community garden? Well, dig this… neighborhood gardens help cities and towns grow. They strengthen social connections and encourage the entire community to work together. They…Continue Reading

6 Fun Ways to Help Your Kids Stay Healthy

Every kid should be healthy every week… especially during Every Kid Healthy Week this April!Continue Reading

The Benefits of School and Community Gardens

For the kids at Cleveland Elementary School in Oklahoma City, life is a garden… and they dig it. A few years ago, with help from a grant through the Whole Kids Foundation and several generous volunteers, Cleveland Elementary built their very own school garden.Continue Reading

10 Simple, Healthy Swaps for You and Your Kids

Your family doesn’t have to completely overhaul their entire life to be healthier. Instead, make small, simple swaps every day. With a few easy, realistic swaps, you can be healthier without making any extreme changes to the lifestyle you’re used to. The more swaps you make, the healthier you and your family will be.Continue Reading

7 FREE WINTER FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN OKLAHOMA

With colder weather driving you inside this holiday season, getting active may seem out of the question. However, daily physical activity is essential for good health… for more reasons than one. It can strengthen your immune system, so you’re less likely to get sick during the colder months. It can help you maintain a healthy…Continue Reading

HUNGRY FOR HEALTHY? CHECK THIS OUT.

Need help eating healthy on a budget? Shape Your Future has tons of tasty recipes to help you and your family eat better all day… every day! Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, every meal should be built with nutrition in mind. The 10 recipes below will get you on the right track. They’re filled…Continue Reading

10 TIPS AND RECIPES FOR HEALTHY HOLIDAY EATING

Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe help to make the season bright, but you can make it even brighter by making easy, nutritious choices, too! We know… healthy eating during the holidays may seem like a challenge. Scroll down and learn how to eat healthy this holiday season with these 10 EASY tips and recipes.Continue Reading

10 Creative Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

Thanksgiving dinner means three things… Lots of food. Lots of laughs. And lots of leftovers. While all Thanksgiving food is undoubtedly delicious, eating the same leftover feast day after day can get boring. Luckily, Shape Your Future has compiled a list of 10 creative ways to use your Thanksgiving leftovers. You’ll find leftover turkey recipes,…Continue Reading

Learn What Causes Diabetes and How to Reduce Your Risk.

Diabetes is a growing concern across Oklahoma. In the last 20 years, the diabetes rate among Oklahoma adults has more than tripled. It’s a disease that affects more than 330,000 people in the state, leading to a lifetime of pain, suffering and early death. Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United…Continue Reading

6 Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

There’s no doubt you’ll be gobbling up some turkey on Thanksgiving Thursday. But what else will you put on your plate? Traditional Thanksgiving side dishes like mashed potatoes and dinner rolls may seem like no-brainers, but starchy foods like these are loaded with extra calories, especially when topped with butter.Continue Reading

10 Fun, Family-Friendly Fall Activities in Oklahoma

It’s fall in Oklahoma, which means the leaves are changing… and falling too. Raking the leaves is one way to bag some physical activity with your family. Or you can get moving by toddling through a patch of pumpkins or even trick-or-treating amongst wild animals!Continue Reading

Shape Your Future Encourages Oklahomans to Walk or Bike to School on October 5

OKLAHOMA CITY (October 3, 2016)— Shape Your Future is encouraging students, families, communities and schools across Oklahoma to “walk n’ roll” during the 20th Annual Walk or Bike to School Day on October 5.Continue Reading

Childhood Obesity Is a Growing Epidemic

Especially in Oklahoma. Today, 17.3% of the state’s youth are obese or overweight. Obese children are more likely to be obese as adults, which places them at increased risk for a variety of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer and osteoarthritis.Continue Reading

Shape Your Future Recommends Choosing Water to Reduce Childhood Obesity

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 22, 2016) – Choosing water over high-calorie sugary beverages could help slow the increase in childhood obesity in Oklahoma – where one in three youth is overweight or obese. Youth who are not at a healthy weight are at an increased risk for immediate health…Continue Reading

Walk N’ Roll on Walk or Bike to School Day

Are you ready to walk n’ roll?! Every October, thousands of schools across America drum up some fun and excitement on Walk or Bike to School Day. It’s a rockin’ way for kids to get their 60 minutes of physical activity for the day. Plus, they can band together with friends and connect with their…Continue Reading

Food Safety: A Step-By-Step Guide

Most people are aware that raw meat, poultry and seafood carry risks of foodborne illness. But did you know you could also get sick from contaminated produce?Continue Reading

Farmers Markets and the Benefits of Fruits and Veggies

From red apples to green beans, blueberries, and everything in between, fruits and veggies are colorful, flavorful and powerful for your health. They’re naturally low in fat, calories and sodium and have no cholesterol. They contain plenty of vitamins, minerals and fiber that can help lower blood pressure, strengthen immune systems and prevent cancer.Continue Reading

Pick a Park and Picnic during Parks and Rec Month

For more than 30 years, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Parks and Recreation Month. But parks aren’t the sole focus. July has also been dubbed National Picnic Month. And this year, Shape Your Future is encouraging Oklahoma families to partake in Parks and Rec and Picnic Month.Continue Reading

Shape Your Future Encourages Oklahomans to Rethink Your Drink

Choosing water over sugary drinks supports a healthier weight, body and brain! OKLAHOMA CITY (June 6, 2016) – Shape Your Future is an ongoing statewide health initiative supported by the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) and the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH). The overall goal of the Shape Your Future public education intervention…Continue Reading

Set Goals To Live Healthier In 2016 With Shape Your Future

Improve your health with simple changes this New Year OKLAHOMA CITY (Dec. 29, 2015) –Want to find out what kinds of resolutions you could make to be healthier this New Year? Take the Shape Your Future “Goal Getter” quiz at ShapeYourFutureOK.com to find tips that are right for your lifestyle in 2016.Continue Reading

Healthy Activities to Try During Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Tips to help build healthy habits for brighter futures OKLAHOMA CITY – September 3, 2015 –To help bring awareness to National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month this September, Shape Your Future is providing tips and resources to help Oklahoma children live healthier lives.Continue Reading

The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline Offers New Services

More FREE Tools to Help Oklahoma Tobacco Users Quit OKLAHOMA CITY – (September 3, 2015)– The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline, funded by the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, has launched a new suite of services, providing more tools and enhanced resources to help Oklahomans quit tobacco. In addition to phone and web coaching, and patches, gum and…Continue Reading

Visit Farmers Markets During National Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Month

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 29, 2015) – During “Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month” this June, Shape Your Future, a statewide health initiative funded by the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) and the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), is encouraging Oklahomans to visit local farmers markets to support local produce and enjoy the taste and benefits of…Continue Reading

Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle During National Nutrition Month

March is dedicated to encouraging Oklahomans to live healthier OKLAHOMA CITY (March 1, 2015) — March is National Nutrition Month, and with spring just around the corner, Shape Your Future, a statewide health initiative funded by the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) and the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), encourages Oklahomans to spring into action to…Continue Reading

Join the Shape Your Future Summer Challenge

During National Physical Fitness and Sports Month OKLAHOMA CITY (April 29, 2015) – Lace up those sneakers, fill up those water bottles and put on those bicycle helmets, because it’s time for the Shape Your Future Summer Challenge during National Physical Fitness and Sports Month this May.Continue Reading

EAT BETTER, MOVE MORE IN 2015 WITH SHAPE YOUR FUTURE

Improve your health one step at a time this New Year OKLAHOMA CITY (Dec. 27, 2014) – This New Year, make a resolution to eat better and move more with Shape Your Future, a statewide campaign sponsored by the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) and the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH). Simple changes like…Continue Reading

“Walk n’ Roll” on Walk or Bike to School Day

Shape Your Future encourages Oklahomans to walk or bike to school OKLAHOMA CITY (October 1, 2014) — Are you ready to walk? Shape Your Future is encouraging students, families, communities and schools across Oklahoma to “walk n’ roll” during Walk or Bike to School Day on October 8. Shape Your Future is a statewide health initiative funded…Continue Reading