On November 4th the Oklahoma City Voices for Healthy Kids team attended the Oklahoma City Council meeting where we announced the signing of the proclamation by Mayor Mick Cornett declaring November 5th, as National Eating Healthy Day!
During the Public Comment portion of the meeting, we provided a brief overview of National Eating Healthy Day as it relates to reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Additionally, we informed the council on how healthy options are not readily accessible in underserved areas within our community. The council was very receptive of the information and a general interest was conveyed for the initiative we are leading.
Councilman Pete White showed his interest in Tulsa’s Food on the Move and shared his desire to have similar localized nutrition conscious efforts implemented in Oklahoma City. Mayor Mick Cornett re-tweeted a YTC tweet with the picture of staff and proclamation.
On November 5th the OKC VFHK team, along with Jennifer Seal, AHA employee and local business owner, dropped off healthy food baskets to each of the Oklahoma City Councilmembers, Mayor Mick Cornett, and City Manager James Couch.
In each of these baskets was a short fact sheet about National Eating Healthy Day, which included a short tie-in to food access issues in Oklahoma City.
If you would like more information on our Voices for Healthy Kids effort please contact Samantha.Bender@heart.org.