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), is a reliable source for free, healthy ideas to transform your summer.

From barbeques in the backyard to Fourth of July activities, we all look forward to summertime. Shape Your Future wants Oklahomans to know that just a few small changes can support healthier choices to summertime traditions without sacrificing the taste or the fun. Shape Your Future has delicious, low-cost and healthy recipes for summer, as well as activities and games to keep your family active.

Here are a few of the great resources available:

Trying just one new recipe or physical activity this season can be a great first step towards a healthier lifestyle.

“We can still enjoy the summer while taking it in a healthier direction,” said TSET Executive Director, Julie Bisbee. “Trying a traditional side dish with a new, healthy twist can increase the nutrition of your cookout celebration. Adding in physical activity with a summertime-themed scavenger hunt can get your kids outdoors, active and having fun. These are just a few small ways to increase your healthy habits, and TSET’s Shape Your Future health education campaign makes it easy to work healthy choices into your busy summer schedule.”

Healthy quick tips and swaps from Shape Your Future to improve your summer:

  • Make delicious popsicles with real fruit
  • Try using whole wheat pasta in your favorite pasta salad
  • Get your heart rate up with outdoor games and physical activities with your kids
  • Stay hydrated with fruit-infused cold water
  • Check out your local farmers market for Oklahoma-grown fruits and vegetables

By shaping up traditions and creating healthier habits, Oklahomans can reap the benefits long after the summer’s gone. For more fun, healthy tips and ideas, visit shapeyourfutureok.com

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Shape Your Future (SYF) is a community health education intervention that encourages Oklahomans to eat better, move more and be tobacco free. SYF was developed in 2011 by the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) and the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH). It provides simple messaging for moms and influencers in the lives of children to eat more fruits and vegetables and to be more physically active to improve overall health. SYF strives to educate parents, teachers, caregivers and all Oklahomans on how to make the healthy choice the easy choice.
The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) serves as a partner and bridge builder for organizations shaping a healthier future for all Oklahomans. TSET provides leadership at the intersections of health by working with local coalitions and initiatives across the state, cultivating innovative and life-changing research, and working across public and private sectors to develop, support, implement and evaluate creative strategies to take advantage of emerging opportunities to improve the public’s health. TSET – Better Lives Through Better Health. To learn more, go to: tset.ok.gov.