OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Health advocates say anti-smoking and wellness programs and community public health initiatives across the state are helping to improve the health of Oklahomans and lower health care costs.
Programs developed by the Department of Health and other state agencies focus on the leading causes of death among Oklahomans: heart disease, cancer and stroke. The programs primarily encourage Oklahomans to eat right, move more and be tobacco free.
Jennifer Lepard, interim director of the Center for Advancement of Wellness at the Health Department, says the goal of the programs is to help people live healthier and longer lives. By doing so, they also reduce their health care costs.
Tracey Strader, executive director of the state's Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, says anti-smoking programs the trust funds has helped to reduce smoking rates.