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Healthy BBQ Tips to Get You Fired up for Summer

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 make. Pick your favorite or try them all!

BBQ Pulled Chicken Sliders 

BBQ Grilled Chicken 

Tangy Coleslaw 

Whole Wheat Pasta Salad 

Slow Cooker Baked Beans

Blueberry Orange Infused Water

Find more amazing recipes here.

While you’re busy minding the grill or stovetop, keep the kids busy with some fun physical activities! We know summers in Oklahoma can be unbearably hot, but don’t sweat it. Activities can range from active to fairly chill.

If your cookout is in your own backyard, you probably have lots of fun things at the ready — like soccer balls to kick, frisbees to toss and more. If you’re going to a park or campsite, be sure to throw a few these things in your trunk. Here are some more fun activity ideas:

Bubbles! Kids love bubbles. They’re a blast to blow, chase around and pop.

Hula Hoops! Looking for an aerobic activity the kids will enjoy? Give hula hoops a whirl!

Water Balloon Fight! During the hot summer heat, there are no losers in this fight!

Click here to download the BBQ Activity Sheet for more ideas.

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

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.

RISE AND SHINE

Kick off the day in a healthy way with a delicious and nutritious breakfast! Studies show that a healthy breakfast is a great way to start any day, Father’s Day included! It helps maintain healthy weight and provides the energy Dad needs for the fun-filled day ahead.

Shape Your Future has some great breakfast recipes that offer well-balanced nutrition and are easy to make. And they’re tasty too!

MICROWAVE EGG SCRAMBLER

Simple, savory and satisfying, this breakfast won’t have dad scrambling for snacks immediately after. GET THE RECIPE

QUICK BREAKFAST QUESADILLA

Spice up his morning and get him pumped up for the day with this fulfilling morning meal.  GET THE RECIPE 

QUICK BREAKFAST BURRITO

This breakfast burrito is bound to float Dad’s boat! GET THE RECIPE

Click here for more delicious, healthy breakfast ideas.

 

FIT SOME PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN

Want to give Dad a gift that’ll really move him? Plan some fun physical activities for the day. It’s a great way to get everyone moving and spend quality time together. Plus, the health benefits are plentiful, including weight control, reducing the risk of chronic disease, strengthening bones and improving mental health. Here are a few tips to get you started:

When it’s nice out:

  • Play frisbee or kick a soccer ball around.
  • Walk around the park or bike around the neighborhood.
  • Go to the swimming pool together.

PRO TIP: Be sure to pack some healthy snacks and drink plenty of water.

When it’s not so nice out:

  • Crank up the music and have a family dance-off.
  • Do indoor chores together.
  • Do mini-squats, step touches, march or walk in place while watching TV.

Click here for more fun family activities.

 

GRILLING & CHILLING

Father’s Day falls perfectly in the middle of grilling season. After a healthy, action-packed day, fire up the coals and grill up some healthy and tasty meals Dad will love.

EASY BBQ GRILLED CHICKEN

Not an experienced griller? Don’t chicken out. This recipe is so simple, you can’t possibly fowl it up! GET THE RECIPE 

SWEET & SPICY SHEET PAN SALMON WITH VEGETABLES

Wanna serve Dad a fancier dish? Try this fish! This exotic aquatic is way easier than it sounds. GET THE RECIPE 

BBQ TURKEY BURGERS

Every dad loves a hearty burger. Try this healthy BBQ twist. You can grill these too. GET THE RECIPE 

 

For more activities and recipes that are sure to make Dad’s day a fun and healthy one, visit ShapeYourFuture.com 

10 Tips for Picky Eaters

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

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 need just a few items here and there, these 10 ingredients and products will help you shop healthier and save more at the dollar store.Continue Reading

10 Easy Hacks to Create a Healthy Workspace

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 mood and make life a little healthier and happier.Continue Reading

7 Meals to Make in 20 Minutes or Less

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

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

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 tips to keep kids healthy on the road!Continue Reading

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

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

Free Local Activities in Oklahoma

WANT EVEN MORE HEALTHY IDEAS FROM SHAPE YOUR FUTURE?

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 these 10 ideas below.Continue Reading

Family-Friendly Activities

Family-Friendly Activities

WANT EVEN MORE HEALTHY IDEAS FROM SHAPE YOUR FUTURE?

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!

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Choose Small Changes Over Big Resolutions

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

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

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

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

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.
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Easy Tricks to Make Your Halloween Healthier

Easy Tricks to Make Your Halloween Healthier

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Shape Your Future and TSET Encourage Oklahomans to Get Daily Physical Activity by Walking or Biking to School

Shape Your Future and TSET Encourage Oklahomans to Get Daily Physical Activity by Walking or Biking to School

Walk N’ Roll on Walk or Bike to School Day on October 4

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10 Ways to Make Your Family Walk Fun

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 family dinner (a healthy dinner that is). Or make it a community event by inviting your neighbors along. Most of all, make it fun by trying the 10 unique ways to walk below! Your kids will enjoy the change of pace, plus each walking technique targets different parts of your body… turning your simple stroll into a full-body workout.Continue Reading

SHAPE YOUR FUTURE AND TSET OFFER EASY WAYS TO ENCOURAGE OKLAHOMA KIDS TO BE HEALTHIER

SHAPE YOUR FUTURE AND TSET OFFER EASY WAYS TO ENCOURAGE OKLAHOMA KIDS TO BE HEALTHIER

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

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How to Work Out with a Busy Schedule

How to Work Out with a Busy Schedule

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HEALTHY ADVENTURES AWAIT WITH SHAPE YOUR FUTURE

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.

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Your Free Guide to Oklahoma’s Farmers Markets

Your Free Guide to Oklahoma’s Farmers Markets

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

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How to Start Working Out

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.

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

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5 Steps to Creating a Community Garden

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 can also provide access to fresh, healthy and affordable fruits and vegetables for the whole community. Plus, people of all ages can help!Continue Reading

6 Fun Ways to Help Your Kids Stay Healthy

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

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

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

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 weight too, and it can even help reduce anxiety and depression.

So don’t give physical activity the cold shoulder this winter. Brrring on the holiday family fun with these 7 healthy, totally free winter family activities.Continue Reading

HUNGRY FOR HEALTHY? CHECK THIS OUT.

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 with healthy ingredients, plus, they’re all budget-friendly and super simple to make.

Give them a try today, and find dozens more yummy, low-cost recipes at ShapeYourFutureOK.com.

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10 TIPS AND RECIPES FOR HEALTHY HOLIDAY EATING

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. However, it doesn’t have to be with help from Shape Your Future!

Scroll down and learn how to eat healthy this holiday season with these 10 tips and recipes. You’ll fa-la-la-la-love them.Continue Reading

10 WAYS TO MAKE THANKSGIVING DINNER HEALTHY

10 WAYS TO MAKE THANKSGIVING DINNER HEALTHY

Just the thought of Thanksgiving dinner can make your mouth water. The tremendous, tender turkey roasting in the oven. The awesome aroma of flavorful veggies filling the air. The delicious pumpkin pie waiting to be sliced. It’s a fact that you’re going to enjoy some undeniably delicious food, but as you feast, it’s important to consider your health too.

Here are 10 simple tips on planning a healthier Thanksgiving dinner. Always remember… eat until you’re satisfied, not stuffed.

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10 Creative Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

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, pumpkin recipes, unique ways to use leftover veggies and more.Continue Reading

Learn What Causes Diabetes and How to Reduce Your Risk.

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 States.Continue Reading

6 Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

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

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

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.

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Childhood Obesity Is a Growing Epidemic

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.

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Shape Your Future Recommends Choosing Water to Reduce Childhood Obesity

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 issues like bone or joint problems and sleep apnea, along with long-term health problems such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease. They are also more likely to become obese adults.

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Walk N’ Roll on Walk or Bike to School Day

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 communities along the way.Continue Reading

Food Safety: A Step-By-Step Guide

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?

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Farmers Markets and the Benefits of Fruits and Veggies

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

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

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 is to encourage Oklahomans to eat better, move more and be tobacco free, as Oklahoma ranks in the bottom 10 among states for rates of tobacco use and obesity.

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Set Goals To Live Healthier In 2016 With Shape Your Future

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

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

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 lozenges for registered participants, the Helpline has added free text and email support. These innovative tools provide comprehensive, customizable options for Oklahomans who are considering quitting tobacco.

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Visit Farmers Markets During National Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Month

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 Oklahoma grown fruits and vegetables.

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Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle During National Nutrition Month

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 become healthier.Continue Reading

Join the Shape Your Future Summer Challenge

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

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 filling half your plate with fruits and veggies and moving 30 minutes each day can turn into lifelong healthy habits instead of quickly forgotten resolutions.Continue Reading

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

“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 by the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) and the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) that encourages Oklahomans to eat better, move more and be tobacco free.Continue Reading