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The Power of Moving Every Day for One Month

Living an active lifestyle can do so much for your overall health, yet many of us have no idea how, or where, to even start — and the benefits of regular movement often seem out of reach. Mike, a working dad in Edmond, found himself in a similar situation — juggling kids, work and daily…Continue Reading

9 Backyard Summer Games for Kids

Summer is here and the world’s biggest sporting event is just around the corner. As you watch professional athletes sprint, swim, dive, bike, jump and throw things across the finish line, you may feel inspired to bring those games into your own backyard. While we can’t bring every event to you, we have a few…Continue Reading

5 Healthy Habits To Improve Your Mental Health

The decision to become healthier often starts with a desire for physical change. However, the benefits of healthy living on your mental health are just as important. Here are five healthy habits to improve your mental health and easy changes you can make today! Move Your Body Did you know daily activity improves both your…Continue Reading

Know Your Produce: How To Use Overripe Fruit

Who doesn’t love strolling the aisles of the produce section looking at beautiful seasonal fruits and veggies? However, fruits and veggies sometimes have a mind of their own, and if you don’t know how to buy, store and serve produce at the perfect time, it can lead to food waste and be pricey. We all…Continue Reading

6 Benefits of Physical Activity

If muscle gains aren’t your thing, you may think physical activity is not for you. However, there are SO many benefits of physical activity that you may not realize. Here are 6 reasons to work simple physical activity into your day that don’t involve pumping iron. Physical Activity Improves Mental Health Have you ever noticed…Continue Reading

5 Tips To Decode a Nutrition Label

When you decide to start eating healthy, the first place your eyes may look is the nutrition label. However, fumbling through the black-and-white text full of unfamiliar nutrients and confusing numbers will probably leave you feeling discouraged and confused rather than empowered. If you feel overwhelmed in the grocery store, these tips to decode a…Continue Reading

Beginners’ Guide To Gardening

From enjoying fresh produce to getting active, there are several reasons to get your hands dirty this spring. If you’ve been considering growing fresh fruits and veggies but don’t know where to start, follow these simple tips and tricks to grow your gardening abilities. Find Your Roots You don’t need a vast meadow, expensive sprinkler…Continue Reading

14 Veggies To Try Based on 4 Common Favorites

Tired of eating the same old veggie meal after meal? We know how easy it can be to stick to what you know and what your family will eat, but vegetable fatigue is real. Before you burn out on your favorites, why not try to mix up your meals every once in a while? Here…Continue Reading

Common Health Problems Among Black Americans and How To Prevent Them

Healthy living is important for everyone, but that doesn’t mean we all face the same challenges. Our goal at Shape Your Future is to provide accessible health solutions for every issue and every person across the state. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are a few preventable diseases the affect the Black…Continue Reading

Healthy Tips From the 2023 National Teacher of the Year

Healthy living is so important for teachers, but it can also feel very intimidating. Shape Your Future sat down with the 2023 National Teacher of the Year, Rebecka Peterson from Union High School, to discuss the benefits of personal health and realistic ways teachers can eat better, move more and make healthy choices during the…Continue Reading

9 Heartwarming and Heart-Healthy Valentine’s Day Snacks

With Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, party planning is in full force! As you scour the stores for sweet cards and holiday snacks, why not consider making this love-filled holiday a healthy one? Here are 9 Cupid-approved snacks that will fill bellies and hearts this Valentine’s Day. 1. Berry Sweet Kababs Let’s start with a berrylicious…Continue Reading

We’re All in This Together: Healthy Family Resolutions

With the new year approaching, you’re probably dusting off your sneakers and clearing out your pantry to make room for healthy resolutions and changes. After all, January is the perfect time for a healthy makeover! Resolutions are like promises we make to ourselves, and when families make them together, those promises can become even more…Continue Reading

Goal Setting 101: How To Form Habits That Stick 

You may not even realize it, but your day is already packed full of habits — good ones and bad ones. Your body is used to your habits, so if you completely stop one to implement something new, it can be hard to maintain. Habits come from small, intentional changes over time. To form a…Continue Reading

Beginner’s Guide to Healthy Eating

If you’re just starting your health journey, we’re so proud of you. We know how intimidating healthy living can be, so we’re here to help! Here are a few basic principles of healthy eating to help you put nutritious food on your plate! The Food Groups Food groups are the building blocks of nutrition and…Continue Reading

Frosty Fitness: How To Move in the Wintertime

Short days, frigid air and an overworked heater all mean one thing: it’s wintertime in Oklahoma. We all know that getting active is a bit trickier when the weather gets chillier. After all, how are you supposed to run outside if walking to your mailbox requires a full snowsuit? Winter can be a huge barrier…Continue Reading

Live Healthy on a Tight Budget and Tight Schedule

Does healthy living seem intimidating? We get it. Healthy groceries add up, life gets in the way of the gym and there simply aren’t enough hours in the day. We can help you build long-lasting, budget-friendly habits that work with your busy life with these practical tips! Embrace Wellness on a Budget Ready to transform…Continue Reading

How To Adjust Your Sleep Schedule 

When you think of a healthy lifestyle, what comes to mind? Healthy eating? Water? Physical activity? What about sleep? Sleep is the often-forgotten member of the wellness family who most definitely deserves a seat at the table. However, that might be easier said than done. If life has you tossing and turning, counting sheep and…Continue Reading

How To Feed a Crowd and Fill Your Plate

Does the phrase “Happy holidays!” send chills up your spine? Even when you love the holidays, sometimes the stress of planning can get in the way. Figuring out how much food to buy, make and eat is an obstacle — but it doesn’t have to be! Here are a few tips to make eating this…Continue Reading

9 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 nutritious choices! 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 9 EASY tips and recipes.…Continue Reading

9 Healthy & Affordable Stocking Stuffers

The holidays are a time filled with joy and laughter — until you run out of gift ideas. Avoid the mad dash through department stores and stay within your holiday budget with these fun, active gifts that won’t drain your wallet. 1. Chalk Chalk is a great gift because it unleashes your child’s creative side…Continue Reading

9 Festive Tips for Healthy Holiday Classroom Parties

As a teacher, you know how much joy a holiday party can bring to a classroom. It’s a time for students to connect with their peers and unwind after several weeks of assignments. However, it’s no secret that those celebrations often bring  LOADS of sugar and other unhealthy habits — along with a lot of…Continue Reading

14 Slow Cooker Recipes for Busy Weeknights

Slow cooker meals are the secret recipe to successful evenings for many busy parents and can be a game changer when it comes to healthy meals. Most take very little prep work, dirty fewer dishes and are ready to serve up and eat in minutes! Just toss the ingredients you need into the slow cooker…Continue Reading

Lifting the Lid: How To Talk to Your Kids About Poop

When it comes to “how to talk to your kids about poop”, most kids will disclose the down and dirty details to anyone and anywhere. This can be distressing for many parents, especially when it‘s in public! Instead of shutting down the conversation, try redirecting it to what really matters: their digestive health. Here’s how…Continue Reading

Top 5 Fall Favorites

The changing leaves, a crisp breeze and the smell of pumpkin spice wafting through the air can only mean one thing: Fall is in full swing. As the season changes, curling up under a blanket with the remote in hand can be tempting. Yet, Oklahoma autumns offer so much more! To help inspire a fall…Continue Reading

Transform Your Living Room Into Your Home Gym: A Step-by-Step Workout for Older Adults

You don’t need a gym membership to stay active — and with a little household equipment that you already own, you can turn your living room into your very own fitness center in no time! Disclaimer: Always make sure to consult your doctor before starting a new exercise routine. Ready to kick things off? Follow…Continue Reading

Get Fit While You Sit: A Fully-Seated Workout for Older Adults

There are plenty of free workouts available online, but often they aren’t geared toward older adults and/or anyone with mobility challenges. That’s why we designed these low-impact moves that can be done 100% from a chair! Disclaimer: Always make sure to consult your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. Ready to get started? Follow…Continue Reading

15 Healthy (and Realistic!) Breakfasts & Lunches for Teachers

As an educator, there’s a lot more on your plate than just breakfast or lunch — but if you skip a meal, you’ll be running on fumes until the last bell rings. Here are a handful of ideas you can either make ahead or whip up in a hurry and easily eat on lunch duty. …Continue Reading

4 Ways To Refresh Your School-Year Routines

No matter how long you’ve been teaching, summer break always feels too short — hopefully, you’ve had a chance to catch your breath and practice some self-care here and there! We know this time of year can be incredibly hectic, so we’ve compiled a few of our favorite healthy resources in one place. As you…Continue Reading

12 Parks With Workout Equipment in Oklahoma

Looking for a fun way to get active while soaking up some vitamin D? Try working out at the park! Across Oklahoma, several parks and recreation areas have outdoor workout equipment that’s made specifically for adults. This equipment is free to use and open to the public — so why not take advantage on the…Continue Reading

10 Children’s Books About Healthy Habits

Teaching your kids healthy habits is an essential part of their growth and development. One fun and engaging way to approach it? Reading books! Whether it’s bedtime, dinnertime or quiet time, here are some top children’s books about healthy habits you can read to your kids, grouped by age range and available at most Oklahoma…Continue Reading

5 Healthy Brunch Recipes You Can Make at Home

What do you get when you combine two of our favorite meals in the middle of the morning? Brunch! For years, people have made reservations or waited in long lines on Saturday and Sunday mornings just to enjoy platefuls of breakfast food and conversation. Although brunch is fun, it can also be costly and not…Continue Reading

Starting From Scraps: 4 Veggies You Can Re-Grow

Nothing takes your favorite recipes to the next level quite like fresh produce. However, gardening is intimidating for many beginners and can take up a lot of time in your already busy schedule. So, why not start from “scraps?” Veggie scraps, that is! Here are four veggies that are easy to “re-grow,” along with another…Continue Reading

The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide To Cooking

Cooking at home is a great way to save money and eat better, but if you don’t have much experience in the kitchen, it can be intimidating. Not to worry! Cooking good food doesn’t need to be complicated. With a few basic skills, anyone can whip up a healthy and delicious meal. We’ve put together…Continue Reading

9 Kids’ Show Episodes That Reinforce Healthy Eating

Getting kids to try new foods or understand the concept of nutrition can be a near-nightly challenge. For help, turn to a unique and unexpected resource: television. Children’s TV shows often present challenging concepts — like the importance of nutrition for your health — in fun, relatable ways. Check out these nine episodes for some…Continue Reading

Self-Care for Busy Moms

Time is valuable for any busy mom. Your days are filled with tasks, errands, housework and kid’s activities. You may have heard that self-care is important for your mental health, but just the idea of it can feel like one more thing you need to fit into your schedule. However, you don’t always need hours…Continue Reading

Top 5 Summer Favorites

The kids are home, the days are long and the weather is blazing HOT — it must be summertime in Oklahoma! While summer break is all about relaxation and togetherness, it can also be a time to reset your body and pick up healthy new habits. Read on for five of our favorite ways to…Continue Reading

Oklahoma’s 5-Year Plan To Reduce Obesity

Obesity affects people of all ages. Oklahoma, along with many other states, has seen a steady increase in obesity rates over the last 20 years. Unfortunately, Oklahoma’s obesity rates are rising at a much faster pace than other states — making it the fourth most overweight state in the nation. The Causes and Effects of…Continue Reading

5 Healthy Habits for Teachers This Summer

As that final bell rings and you start your summer vacation, it can be easy to fall into old habits. After months of being on your feet, pulling extra duties, planning lessons and caring for each student, you definitely deserve some R&R — but before you melt into the couch and binge watch all the…Continue Reading

5 Healthy Tips To Help Take the Stress Out of State Tests

As the ice melts and the days grow longer, the end of the school year is quickly approaching. There’s only one major obstacle standing between you and summer vacation: state testing. It sounds intimidating, but with just a little help, your kids’ confidence and readiness will be through the roof! Here are 5 tips to…Continue Reading

How To Get Your Kids Interested in Playing Sports

Sports are a great way for kids to get active, learn leadership skills and make new friends. However, some kids have a hard time joining teams. In fact, many kids lose interest in sports before they turn 13. Curious about how to get your kids interested in sports? Check out the tips below!  Try On…Continue Reading

10 FREE Ways To Stay Active With Your Kids This Spring

10 FREE Ways To Stay Active With Your Kids This Spring The days are longer, the weather is humid and the flowers are blooming — spring has sprung! As your kids transition from winter boots and heavy coats to sneakers and T-shirts, you may be racking your brain for ways to get outside and be…Continue Reading

Getting Active as You Age

Getting Active as You Age Exercise is important at any age, but the benefits increase with age. Whether it’s a water aerobics class, a walk through the local mall or playing with your grandkids, engaging in at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day will benefit your overall health. Need more convincing? Daily physical…Continue Reading

Your Nutrition Guide for a Healthy Baby

Your Nutrition Guide for a Healthy Baby Pregnancy is a wonderful time, but it can also be very stressful. You’re not only in charge of your own health, but your growing baby’s as well. It may seem daunting, but don’t worry. We’re here to help! Disclaimer: Every pregnancy is different — just like every baby!…Continue Reading

A Healthy Spin on Game Day Party Classics

A Healthy Spin on Game Day Party Classics As football season comes to an end with the biggest Sunday night party of the year, you’re probably scrambling to prep some last-minute details. After all, the unforgettable plays and hilarious commercials are nothing without a delicious spread of snacks and dips! Instead of sticking to the…Continue Reading

7 Active Date Ideas

 7 Active Date Ideas Tired of the same old same old when it comes to date night? There’s SO much more to do than dinner and a movie. Why not use your next date night as an excuse to get active? An active date may be exactly what you need to break out of your…Continue Reading

7 Days. 7 Healthy New Habits.

Healthy living can seem overwhelming, especially if you’re starting at square one. Take the stress out of forming healthy habits by taking it one day at a time! Here’s how to get started: Make one of the small changes below every day for seven days.   Monday: Start the Week Off Hydrated Are you drinking…Continue Reading

Improve Your Health With Bullet Journaling

Are you ready to take your health, wellness and organization to the next level? Bullet journaling is the perfect tool for you! At its core, a bullet journal is a mindful and creative way to take notes, complete tasks, track your habits and manage your schedule. It’s also a fantastic outlet for relaxation at the…Continue Reading

5 Days of Workouts? 5 Days of Fun!

5 Days of Workouts? 5 Days of Fun!  Between work, kids and maintaining a home, making it to the gym can seem impossible — but stressful seasons are when you need physical activity the most!   If you’re looking for new ways to spice up your workout routine or kick off a healthy journey, this…Continue Reading

Oklahoma Holiday Light Displays To See This Winter

From finding the perfect presents to making plans for the New Year, the holiday season can be hectic — but moving your body is a great way to lift your heart rate and your spirits. So, put on your walking shoes, pour some hot cider in your thermos and head to one of the many…Continue Reading

Slow Cooker Ground Turkey 3 Ways

Slow Cooker Ground Turkey 3 Ways The secret to cooking healthy dinners on busy weeknights? Simplicity! Between work, school and extracurricular activities, finding the motivation to cook can be difficult. That’s where this slow cooker turkey recipe comes in. Cook one pound of fresh or frozen ground turkey on low in the slow cooker for…Continue Reading

10 Ways to Be Active During Indoor Recess

10 Ways to Be Active During Indoor Recess Are rain clouds keeping you inside? We get it. Oklahoma weather has a mind of its own, throwing curveballs in the form of ice, rain, extreme cold or extreme heat — which can force you to spend recess in the classroom. If you’re looking for ways to…Continue Reading

The Benefits of Being Outdoors

Ah, nature. There’s nothing quite like breathing in fresh air and taking in outdoor beauty. It’s impossible to replicate the feeling of the wind brushing across your face or the warmth of the sun on your skin when you stay inside! Nothing beats a day in the great outdoors, and there are tons of physical…Continue Reading

5 Physical Activities for Kids Other Than Sports

Are you searching for ways to spike your kid’s heart rate that don’t involve signing up for sports every season? Then, you came to the right place! Here are five fun ways to ensure your kids are getting plenty of movement without adding their names to a roster. 1. Take a hike! If your kids…Continue Reading

10+ Healthy Snacks That Are Sure to Win This Football Season

One way to win this football season? Filling your table with healthy snacks! Whether you love grabbing finger foods on commercial breaks or digging into a bowl of dip while you watch, we have healthy recipes ready for your whole team! It doesn’t matter if you’re watching with your family or throwing the party of…Continue Reading

Stay Ahead of School Stress

Stress doesn’t develop with age. It just changes — and kids have stressors of their own. Everything from assignments, tests, sports, debate teams and friendships can take a toll on your kids’ mental health. Unmanaged stress can lead to a lifetime of issues, so it’s essential to check in whenever you can. Not sure how…Continue Reading

Back To School: How To Make Mornings Less Stressful

Heading back to school can be a big adjustment for many families. Summer schedules are often more relaxed. When school starts, kids may need to get up, get dressed and quickly get out the door each day. The morning rush can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Building a rhythm for your family…Continue Reading

New Healthy Habit: A Daily Walk

Nothing beats the rush you get after a good workout or activity. Sometimes though, life can get in the way of that — especially when adults need 30 minutes a day and kids need 60—the solution: a daily walk. Walking may seem like a small change, but the benefits are endless! How to get started:…Continue Reading

3 Healthy Lunch and Snack Ideas from Real Oklahoma Teachers

A new school year is just around the corner, and with it comes a whole lot of stress. Between decorating your classroom, learning hundreds of new names and juggling new duties, what to pack for lunch is the last thing on your mind. That’s why we asked teachers just like you for their healthy hacks.…Continue Reading

8 Easy Ways to Meal Prep

Meal prepping is a great way to save time and money, plus prevent food waste. If you’re worried eating the same meal might be boring, or if grocery shopping sounds overwhelming, have no fear! Try these easy meal prep hacks to add variety to your plates and put the supermarket stress at ease. Start with…Continue Reading

6 Tips to Win the Screen Time Battle

Kids spend a lot of time in front of screens. According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, children ages 8-12 spend an average of 4-6 hours a day in front of computers, gaming consoles, tablets and TV screens. Teens spend even more time with technology, averaging 9 hours per day. Digital devices…Continue Reading

4 Healthy Ways to Make This School Year One to Remember!

The school year is just around the corner, so it’s time to think about your new (school) year resolutions. Make it healthy, productive and fun with these tricks! 1. Make Healthy Changes As you get back in the groove, reflect on your routines and habits from last year. What went well? Is there anything you’d…Continue Reading

How to Eat Intentionally

When it comes to health, it’s not always about what you eat, but how you eat. Are you someone who waits until you’re starving before cooking a meal? Maybe you’re a perpetual breakfast-skipper or eat until you are full to the brim. Mindful eating is all about forming new habits that focus on the way food tastes and how…Continue Reading

Tips for Thriving While Distance Learning

If you have school-age kids, then you’ve probably heard of distance learning. Distance learning is an alternative to school where kids take online classes, allowing them flexibility and the ability to learn in a way that fits their needs. Whether your family is new to distance learning, or your kid is a seasoned virtual learner,…Continue Reading

6 Quick, Healthy and Delicious Breakfast Ideas

Mornings can be hectic, but that doesn’t mean you should skip the most important meal of the day. We have some great recipes ready to roll that are healthy, quick and oh-so-tasty — perfect for those mornings on the go! Banana Oatmeal Pancakes If you love the taste of homemade pancakes, but don’t have much…Continue Reading

The Flavors of the Rainbow: What Colors Can You Add to Your Plate?

A balanced diet gives our body the nutrients it needs to function at its best! Whether you have picky eaters in your household or you crave that full-belly feeling you get from a plate of pasta, it can be hard to sneak in enough fruit and veggies on the daily … or is it? There’s…Continue Reading

Countdown to School – Back to Bedtime

A great day at school doesn’t start in the morning, it starts the night before. Sleep plays an important role in learning. A good sleep schedule and restful night makes it easier to focus, tackle new concepts and remember the topics you’ve already covered. If you’re like many families, your kids’ sleep schedules are a…Continue Reading

After-School Snack Hacks

After a busy day at school, most kids come home hungry and tired. Plus, errands, extracurricular activities and homework can make the transition even tougher. A healthy, late-afternoon snack can help avoid meltdowns. These easy snack solutions are sure to keep them satisfied until dinner — and fuel them for whatever else your afternoon holds!…Continue Reading

4 Healthy Tips for a Boomin’ 4th of July

Summer is finally here, which means the Fourth of July is right around the corner — a day full of barbequing, sparklers and making memories! Here are 4 healthy tips to make sure you have a blast with your family before you settle in to watch the fireworks. 1. Start the morning with some movement.…Continue Reading

12 Easy, Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Busy Teachers

Between setting up classroom activities, playing referee in the hallway, juggling extra duties and unjamming the copy machine again (sigh), mornings can get … hectic. You may be tempted to skip breakfast or go through a drive-thru, but that’s a fast track to an inevitable crash and burnout by afternoon. Instead, fuel your days with…Continue Reading

The Best Peach Picking in Oklahoma

Nothing beats a fresh, juicy peach picked right off the tree. Whether you’re planning a fun family outing or just looking to buy fresh produce, visit these Oklahoma orchards to pick delicious peaches. Then, enjoy them in these healthy recipes! Local Peach Orchards Livesay Orchards Located in Porter, AKA Oklahoma’s “Peach Picking Capital,” Livesay Farms…Continue Reading

Berry Picking Your Way Across Oklahoma

Spring and summer are the perfect time to introduce new fruits and veggies to your kids. Luckily, it just so happens to be berry-picking season in Oklahoma! Believe it or not, our state’s climate is perfect for a few types of berries. There are bushels of great places to pick strawberries, blueberries and blackberries from…Continue Reading

Five Easy Ways to Eat Better & Spend Less

If it feels like your grocery bill is higher than usual, you’re not alone. Food prices are on the rise. Families can expect to pay more when shopping for groceries and eating out. What you eat impacts your wallet and your health. Here are five simple tips to curb costs and feed your family well.…Continue Reading

What Produce Is In Season?

Whether you’re trying your hand at a backyard garden or writing out your grocery list, it’s important to know which fruits and veggies are in season. Here’s a quick seasonal guide to produce in Oklahoma and a few tips for picking out the best fruits and veggies that your local grocer has to offer. Spring:…Continue Reading

5 Healthy, On-the-Go Snacks for Your Kids’ Summer Adventures

Summer is here! It’s time for day trips, play dates at the park, afternoons at the splash pad, backyard camping or other on-the-go pastimes! Bring along these yummy, healthy snacks to keep your little ones happy, hydrated and ready for fun. Hummus Is Goodness Individual serving hummus packages are easy, grab-and-go snacks for your little…Continue Reading

15+ Quick Lunch Ideas for Busy Teachers

Between managing your classroom, communicating with parents and handling extra duties, there’s very little time left for lunch. Yet skipping meals or getting drive-thru is a recipe for fatigue … and burnout. Instead, stay full and energized all afternoon with these nutrient-packed lunches designed with teachers in mind. Easy, Healthy Lunchboxes Think outside the traditional…Continue Reading

5 Ways to Make Family Mealtime Fun

When life gets hectic, it can be tempting to eat on the go — or in front of the TV. Yet study after study shows there are tons of benefits to eating dinner together as a family. For one, it’s a chance to reconnect after a busy day. It’s also the perfect time to model…Continue Reading

When to Plant Garden Veggies in Oklahoma: A Cheat Sheet

Planting your own garden is a rewarding, affordable way to eat healthy. Plus, homegrown produce is as fresh as it gets! Check out this chart for when to plant and harvest each veggie (and a handful of fruits). Then, get out there and start digging! Veggie or Fruit When to Plant It Days Until Harvest…Continue Reading

5 Ways to Create a Healthy Classroom Routine This Spring

What’s one thing nearly every teacher can agree on? The 3rd quarter of the school year is tough. Although the days are shorter, they feel longer. Then, once you’re finally in the groove … it’s spring break! Here’s how to get back in the swing of things and keep your students healthy through test season.…Continue Reading

Practice What You Teach: 4 Easy Ways to Model Healthy Habits for Your Class

As a teacher, your influence is powerful, but your plate is also full. Yet our kids need as many healthy role models as they can get. This is especially true in Oklahoma, where 1 in 3 children are overweight or obese, and 7 in 10 don’t get enough physical activity. These statistics may be grim,…Continue Reading

A Teacher’s Guide to Applying for School Grants

Hey, Oklahoma teachers! Do you have a big idea that keeps you up at night? Is a lack of funding holding you back? With the right strategy, soon your wish could be granted! Each year, millions of dollars are awarded to classrooms, schools and districts. Some grants fund specific purposes, while others are more open-ended.…Continue Reading

4 Dietitian-Approved Ways to Raise Healthy Eaters

I am a dietitian and health scientist, but I’m also a parent. I know how stressful it can be to ensure young children get adequate nutrition. Especially if they’re picky! Today, I’d like to offer you four actionable steps to form healthy mealtime practices in your home, daycare or classroom. 1. Growing healthy eaters takes…Continue Reading

4 Ways to Improve Your Mood with Mindfulness

Life is unpredictable. Although we can’t control its curveballs, we can choose how we respond. Millions of people have used mindfulness to manage stress, depression, anxiety and other difficult emotions — from overwhelmed moms to NFL quarterbacks. Keep reading to learn more about it … and how to start! Meditation vs. Mindfulness Mindfulness is paying…Continue Reading

4 Reasons Frozen Veggies Are the Coolest

First off, we mean no disrespect to fresh fruits and veggies. They’re delicious! They make great dipping tools. They also add a satisfying crunch to salads and slaws … but enough about them. Today, we’re celebrating their frozen counterparts. Discover why you shouldn’t give frozen fruits and veggies the cold shoulder — and how to…Continue Reading

7 Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

Pregnancy is an exciting, exhausting journey. Whether it’s your first — or you just want to make some healthy changes this time around — set yourself up for success with these healthy tips! 1. Satisfy cravings … with healthy swaps! It’s no secret that your appetite and cravings ramp up during pregnancy. Here’s how to…Continue Reading

Dine with Your Valentine at Home

Whether you celebrate with your sweetheart, family or friends, save money and be healthy with this deliciously simple menu. Raise Your Glass Mulled Cherry Juice Mocktail Make a Fresh Start Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad Meet Your Main Squeeze Roasted Chicken and Sweet Potato Hash Sweeten the Meal Avocado Chocolate Mousse Click to download the menu…Continue Reading

6 Oklahoma Parents Share Their Realistic New Year’s Goals

A new year is a great time to set healthy new goals. Yet all too often, our resolutions are big. When we can’t stick to them, we feel defeated and give up. To avoid this pitfall, keep your goals small and realistic. Want inspiration? Here’s what six busy parents are striving for in 2022! Najah,…Continue Reading

7 Healthy Ways to Address Stress

Losing a job … or starting one. Getting married … or divorced. Managing personal health issues… or caring for a sick family member. Adjusting to new parenthood… or a newly empty nest. Stress is a part of being human, and although we can’t eliminate it altogether, we can choose how we respond. Here’s how it…Continue Reading

5 Holiday Spices & 30 Fresh Ways to Use Them.

‘Tis the season for healthy new ways to use classic holiday seasonings — fresh or dried. Some dishes are sweet, some are savory … but all of them are healthy! Note: Some recipes already include the holiday spice in their ingredients list. For the others, start with just a pinch. Then, go from there! 1.…Continue Reading

4 Ways to Feed a Crowd on a Tight Budget (and Schedule)

Anyone who’s ever hosted a large group knows one thing: It takes a village to (affordably) feed a village — whether it’s a holiday meal or run-of-the-mill family dinner. Start by getting your priorities in check. What matters most: cost, convenience or both?  Then, check out these helpful tips and tools … including healthy recipes!…Continue Reading

Skip the Sugary Latte. Snack on 6 Healthy Pumpkin Spice Treats Instead!

Fall is here! It’s the time of year for carving pumpkins … and craving pumpkin spice. The only issue? Pumpkin spice lattes are pumped full of sugar. Here’s how to get your pumpkin spice fix the healthy way — no matter how much time you have! 1. Under 5 Minutes: Pumpkin Spice Greek Yogurt Busy?…Continue Reading

9 Ways to Stretch Your SNAP Dollars

It’s no secret: Feeding a family costs a lot — and even though SNAP benefits can be a lifesaver, they usually can’t cover everything. Not without a little creativity, at least! That’s where we come in. Here’s how to get the (healthiest) bang for your buck. Before You Go Grocery Shopping Scan your schedule —…Continue Reading

7 Foods That Are Shockingly High in Sugar

We won’t sugarcoat it: Eating too many sweets can wreak havoc on our health. While it’s OK to treat yourself sometimes, overdoing it can cause weight gain, type 2 diabetes and other issues. Unfortunately, cutting back on sugar isn’t always cut and dry since it lurks in many foods that seem healthy. Here’s the inside…Continue Reading

5 Healthy Ways to Feed the Entire Family for Under $12

Lunch, dinner, weeknight or weekend, cooking on a budget is a challenge — especially when you want something healthy. These 5 recipes are designed to check all the boxes. Nutritious, delicious and affordable. Check, check, check! Yep, cooking healthy food on a budget just got a whole lot tastier. Check out these budget-friendly recipes below!…Continue Reading

4 Ways to Use Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

When it comes to cooking, we love simplicity — especially on those busy weeknights when life is at its most hectic. Take these four slow cooker salsa chicken ideas as proof. Simply place 1.5 pounds of frozen chicken and 1.5 cups of salsa in your slow cooker for 4 hours on low to make a…Continue Reading

How to Set Your Family in Motion

When it comes to health, parents are their kids’ biggest role models — with eating patterns and exercise. Leading your family to become more physically active is endlessly rewarding. You’ll create lifelong memories while forming life-changing habits. However, many kids think of exercise as a chore, like scrubbing the bathroom floor or doing the dishes.…Continue Reading

Easy Ways to Drink Less Soda

Many common beverages like soda, energy drinks, sports drinks and juice boxes are hiding a big secret — they’re full of sugar and are leading contributors to weight gain and type 2 diabetes. These beverages can also lead to kidney disease, tooth decay and more. The good news? Moving away from these drinks in favor…Continue Reading

5 Ways to Role Model Healthy Living for Your Kids [Plus, 20 Resources to Make Starting Simple]

Kids seemingly jump from 0 to 17 in the blink of an eye. That is why it’s so important to help them lay the groundwork early for living a healthy life. By establishing and role modeling healthy behaviors in their childhood, parents, caregivers and teachers can set children up to make responsible decisions regarding their…Continue Reading

3 Cheap Seasonings Every Kitchen Needs

What’s one trick for sticking to healthy eating? Flavor. Stock your pantry with these three basic spices, and you’ll rarely find yourself in a pinch. 1. Italian seasoning Why it’s great: Basil, rosemary, oregano and thyme started a band — and it’s anything but bland. It pairs well with: Potatoes Tomatoes Zucchini Roasted turkey breast …Continue Reading

5 Easy Tips to Make Veggies the Star of the Show

Eating more veggies packs a lot of perks. They’re high in fiber and other nutrients, which can lower your blood pressure, keep your heart healthy, prevent type 2 diabetes and help you maintain a healthy weight. Check out these easy ways to give vegetables a bigger seat at your table. 1. Pick a veggie first.…Continue Reading

3 Reasons to Make a Healthy Change NOW

When life gets hectic, we can lose sight of our health … and gain weight without realizing it. Sound familiar? Don’t beat yourself up — that kills motivation. Forming new habits from a place of kindness and self-respect is the way to go, and now is the best time to start. Here’s why. 1. You’re…Continue Reading

Talkin’ About Tobacco

Kids should know the benefits of a tobacco-free lifestyle — and there are plenty! From strong, healthy lungs to boundless energy to clean smelling clothes, tobacco-free living is the foundation of a happy life. Check out these classroom resources to help your students see the benefits of living tobacco free. A Lesson on Vaping Vaping…Continue Reading

9 Healthy Items to Grab from the Convenience Store

No supermarket in sight? No problem! Here are 9 healthy meals and snacks you can grab from most gas stations — whether you’re on the road, in a time crunch or don’t live near a grocery store. 1. Granola bar + banana Granola bars are the most convenient breakfast choice, bar none… but they aren’t…Continue Reading

How to Form Healthy Habits that Stick

Starting new habits is a lot like slinging spaghetti noodles. You may think you have them under control, but they can still slip through your fingertips — or slide down the wall. So how do you actually make healthy habits stick? Try these 7 tricks! Rule #1: Prioritize your habits — and choose one. Imagine…Continue Reading

How to Apply for WIC in Oklahoma in 5 Super-Easy Steps

Becoming a mother is a big deal — with big life changes and a long list of new expenses … but you don’t have to do it alone. WIC is a program that provides healthy food, education and breastfeeding support. You may be eligible for WIC if you: Are currently pregnant Are breastfeeding Have recently…Continue Reading

Back to School Hacks

Fact: kids LOVE the freedom of summer. As the fall semester approaches, you can make the back-to-school transition easier on your kids. Below we have a backpack full of hacks that include on-the-go breakfast recipes, lunch suggestions and activity ideas. Find your groove and set your kids up for success this school year. We have…Continue Reading

7 Activities to Celebrate the Summer Games

For fans of competition — and camaraderie — the Olympics are must-see TV from start to finish. Rooting for your home country this year is also a great opportunity to talk to your kids about the importance of physical activity and nutrition. But the fun doesn’t end there! Throwing your very own backyard games (or…Continue Reading

Veggie Grilling Guide

Grill Vegetables — And Fruit There are so many benefits to grilling vegetables. High in fiber, vitamins and minerals, veggies are the perfect foundation for a healthy lifestyle — and grilled, they have great taste and texture! Here are a few different ways to grill your favorite produce. Pro tip: Don’t have a grill? No…Continue Reading

Fun Summer Activities for the Whole Family

Long days and sunny afternoons are here! Here are some of our favorite ways to keep the family active and have fun all summer long. The best part? Many of these activities require little to no equipment at all! Let’s Chalk Art: Hopscotch: All you need is chalk and a sidewalk! The Ground is Lava:…Continue Reading

5 Ways to Reduce Stress

Everyone experiences stress in one form or another. But, as you can probably guess, not all forms of dealing with stress are created equal. The good news? These methods are proven to be effective — and many are fun! Take a look below at 5 healthy ways to fight stress. 1. Get Better Sleep Getting…Continue Reading

Home Gardening: How to Get the Freshest Produce

Nothing beats fresh produce. It makes recipes healthier and so much tastier. Here in Oklahoma, there are two ways to get the freshest produce possible: Home gardening and farmers markets. Benefits of Home Gardening Dig this: Gardening is rewarding and delicious. It saves you time, money and trips to the store. It’s also a great…Continue Reading

How to Get Your Kids to Eat More Fruits and Veggies

Fruits and veggies are essential to giving your kids the nutrients to grow up strong and healthy. However, as every parent knows, kids sometimes see fruits and veggies as enemies — but these tips will help your kids grow to love them. Spoil Them with Options The biggest key to adding more fruits and veggies…Continue Reading

Nutrition 101 for Teens in Oklahoma

According to the CDC, 1 in 5 adolescents have prediabetes in the U.S., and 43% of children and adolescents with obesity have at least one abnormal lipid level[1], both leading to cardiovascular disease. Shape Your Future and the TSET Healthy Youth Initiative, both programs of the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET), provide free resources…Continue Reading

Winter Meal Makeovers

Guest Blog By: Chef Valarie Carter, MPH – OU/TU Culinary Medicine Although January can be cold and gray and the winter holidays are waning, there’s no reason to hibernate until spring! Right now, lots of people are thinking about getting healthier, sticking to a budget, and maybe getting a head start on spring cleaning. Using…Continue Reading

Unlock Your Best Sleep Yet

Good sleep is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. It helps us be productive and energetic while regulating our mood and appetite. However, regularly getting good sleep is much easier said than done. While there are many causes of poor sleep, some small tweaks can help us fix our sleep schedule and reclaim those precious…Continue Reading

THIS Will Have You Drinking More Water

The science on sugar-sweetened beverages is in. They are a leading cause of weight gain, obesity, type-2 diabetes, heart disease and kidney disease. Plus, these drinks contribute to tooth decay and cavities. Let’s explore how sugary drinks affect our health and how regularly drinking water can make us feel — and function — better. A…Continue Reading

Discover the Power of One Healthy Habit

Maybe it was sparked by an inspiring story you read. A workplace challenge. The realization that you couldn’t keep up with your grandkids at the park. A tough conversation with your doctor. That time you struggled to breathe after climbing a flight of stairs. You experienced a powerful lightbulb moment, and you’re ready to take…Continue Reading

Shape Your Future Healthy Kitchen is Here

View weekly recipes here: About the Shape Your Future Healthy Kitchen Food plays a major role in shaping the health of individuals, families and communities. Shape Your Future, the OU Culinary Medicine Program and KJRH-TV (Channel 2, Tulsa) are joining forces to bring easy, healthy recipes to life for Oklahoma families. The Shape Your Future…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 09, 2020 – As Oklahomans practice social distancing to protect from the spread of COVID-19, they are in need of ways to stay healthy, active and safe this July. Two Oklahoma organizations are partnering to encourage Oklahomans to move…Continue Reading

Make Summer Sensational with Easy, Healthy Tips

Shape Your Future Connects Oklahomans to FREE, Helpful Resources for Healthy Living OKLAHOMA CITY, JULY 6. 2020 – With summer in full swing, why not spice it up and keep things healthy with some fun ways to eat better and get more exercise? Shape Your Future, a program of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET),…Continue Reading

10 Refreshing Recipes for Summer

Summer is the perfect season to start eating a little healthier. As the temps rise, so do our cravings for fresh, lighter foods. Plus, local farmers markets are in full swing! Find a farmers market in your area. It’s cheaper to eat produce that’s in season, so we’ve compiled seasonal recipes to start you off…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

No Sunlight? No Problem. Here’s How to Be Active Anyway.

In the winter months, the days grow shorter, and the nights grow longer. And your options for staying physically active grow more limited. But just because you can’t play outside with your kids until bedtime doesn’t mean you can’t be active! Try your hand (or feet) at these activities you can do — no sunlight…Continue Reading

How to Be Healthy at Work During the Holidays

With so many treats lying around this time of year, it can feel tough to stick to your goals. But instead of seeing it as a challenge, what if you used it as an opportunity to model healthy habits for your coworkers? Here are some ways to make your workplace healthier this holiday season. 1.…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

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

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

Shape Your Future Helps Oklahoma Kids Reduce Their Risk of Obesity

SHAPE YOUR FUTURE HELPS OKLAHOMA KIDS REDUCE THEIR RISK OF OBESITY September Is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month Shape Your Future, a program of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET), is providing free resources to educate kids and parents on making healthier choices during National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. In Oklahoma, 1 in 3 children…Continue Reading

Stay Hydrated at OSU & OU Games with Free Shape Your Future Water Bottles

Shape Your Future, a program of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET), has joined Oklahoma State University (OSU) Athletics and the University of Oklahoma (OU) Athletics to keep fans hydrated during football games this season.Continue Reading

Healthy Tips that Worked for Real Oklahomans

Need a boost of inspiration to kick-start your healthy lifestyle? One of the best ways to build motivation is to learn what’s worked for real people like you, like these four Oklahomans. Here’s how they changed their routines and formed better habits that stuck. See how you can, too!Continue Reading

Healthy BBQ Tips

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 quality time 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

5 Tips for Tackling Stress The Healthy Way

Food is the fuel that powers our lives. Full of energy and nourishment, it’s the building block of a healthy body. It’s also a source of connection and comfort. Family recipes keep our traditions alive. Meals shared with loved ones help us bond and connect. So it’s no surprise that when the going gets tough,…Continue Reading

The Benefits of Physical Activity

When you were growing up, getting physical activity was easier. Recess was your favorite part of the school day. You rode bikes with the neighborhood kids until dark. You climbed trees. Played sports. Challenged your buddies to a footrace just for the fun of it. As you got older, life became busier. You took on…Continue Reading

Grow Your Own Food This Spring and Summer

Here at From Seed to Spoon, we are excited to share how easy it is to start growing your own food! It doesn’t have to be hard, especially if you use our free app and healthy recipes from Shape Your Future. Our From Seed to Spoon Growing Guides app walks you through how to grow,…Continue Reading

Understanding Calories

Calories measure how much energy foods and drinks provide. Our bodies store and “burn” calories as fuel, which we use to work, play, and even sleep. To stay healthy, try to balance the number of calories you consume with the number of calories you burn. Some foods and drinks – like potato chips, cookies, and…Continue Reading

10 Easy Ways to Eat More Fruits and Veggies

We all know fruits and vegetables should be key staples of our daily diet – but sometimes filling half your plate at each meal can be challenging. Guess what? Adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet doesn’t have to be complicated with these easy 10 tips. 1. Boost Your Breakfast Eating a hearty, healthy…Continue Reading

Set Simple Goals and Make Healthy Swaps in 2019

For more information contact: Whitney Dinger, Public Information and Outreach Specialist whitneyd@tset.ok.gov (405) 521-4959 (office) (405) 227-0488 (cell) Set Simple Goals and Make Healthy Swaps in 2019 Free resources and tools available from Shape Your Future OKLAHOMA CITY (JANUARY 17 2019) – This New Year, Shape Your Future, a program of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust…Continue Reading

6 Tips To Beat The Winter Blues

Winter is here, and it often means staying indoors and being less active. Freezing temperatures don’t have to put the chill on physical activity — and unhealthy comfort food isn’t the only cure for winter blues. Research shows that getting a healthy amount of exercise can brighten your mood. Had a stressful day at work?…Continue Reading

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


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

4 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 Meaningful Ways to Address Childhood Obesity

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and our goal is two-fold: to raise awareness of the growing childhood obesity problem and to motivate communities, organizations, families and individuals to live healthier lives. From schools and child care providers to organizations and individuals, we can build a healthier future for our next generation of Oklahomans.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


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

Important note: Shape Your Future and the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department support social distancing at all Oklahoma state parks and encourage Oklahomans to do the same while enjoying our state’s vast landscape. For more information on how to stay safe, visit coronavirus.health.ok.gov. This year, Shape Your Future is encouraging Oklahoma families to partake in…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

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

8 Great Ways To Keep Kids Active On Break

We have eight great ways to get your kids active — outdoors and in. Stay healthy and active as a family by making memories and having fun. Read on for details.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

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 can be tempting to set big, bold resolutions at the beginning of each new year. You feel motivated to make a fresh start and put your health first. But after a few weeks, it can be tough to stick to hard, time-consuming goals. We’ve all been there, but this year, why not try a…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

How to Keep Your Kids Healthy (and Happy) on Halloween

Halloween is a kid favorite for a reason. There are spooky decorations, festive costumes and fun activities. But there’s also a lot of sugar floating around. As a parent, it’s challenging to know which choices are the right ones. Keep reading for some practical tips for keeping your family healthy, whether you decide to go…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


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

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 can also provide access to fresh, healthy and affordable fruits…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 Back-to-School Swaps

With kids in school, life can get super hectic. The good news? Health and convenience can go hand-in-hand! Take a look at how a few easy, realistic swaps can make your entire family healthier without making any extreme changes. These 10 simple swaps will set your family up for the healthiest school year yet. Mornings…Continue Reading

7 Free Winter Family Activities in Oklahoma

Staying active throughout 2020 has already required some creativity. The shorter days and colder weather just add another layer. However, daily physical activity is essential for good health … and it’s never been more important. It strengthens your immune system, so you’re less likely to get sick. It helps you maintain a healthy weight, and it…Continue Reading


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 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

9 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! This fall, take your fun (and health) to the next…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


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