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Outlook 2013: Health and Wellness Center to put range of services to work

A new public health center is intended to foster a return to healthy living in some of Oklahoma City’s least healthy neighborhoods.

by William Crum Published: April 28, 2013

Combined with plans for a community vegetable garden and farmers’ market, the demonstration kitchen is part of a strategy to overcome a lack of healthy eating choices in neighborhoods — known as food deserts — where the last full-service grocery stores closed years ago.

Trails for walkers at all levels of fitness are set to open at an open house May 4.

Plans provide for more challenging walking trails, the community gardens and farmers’ market, a playground, an outdoor amphitheater, and fields for soccer, baseball, softball and football.

A second 26,500-square-foot, $4 million building is planned for partners providing such things as continuing education, job training, domestic violence intervention and children’s reading skills.

All on a site flanked by Deep Fork Creek and overlooking Remington Park racetrack.

‘In this heart and soul’

Healthy living equates to a good environment for business, said Dr. Stephen Cagle, chairman of the Oklahoma City-County Board of Health.

“We are now an aggressive wellness organization,” he said. “We are in this heart and soul.”

Freeney said she sees hope for lifting — or walking — Oklahoma City out of its place as one of the nation’s least healthy cities.

“I can envision Oklahoma City being one of the healthiest cities in the country,” she said.

by William Crum
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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Open house planned

• What: The Northeast Regional Health and Wellness Campus open house with health screenings, fun run, music, face painting, healthy cooking demonstrations.

• When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 4.

• Where: 2600 NE 63, Oklahoma City.


Sisters in Motion

• Who: Sisters in Motion, one of the partners in the new Northeast Regional Health and Wellness Campus, sponsors indoor walks and other activities to promote good health.

• When: Various times, including 8 a.m. Saturdays at Penn Square Mall, 1901 Northwest Expressway.

• Contact: Executive Director Rita Freeney, 213-7767.

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