Norman, Oklahoma – On March 2, 2016, the Absentee Shawnee Tribal Health System was awarded a Certified Healthy Business Excellence Award 2015, for the medium to large work place category, at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center, in Norman, Oklahoma. The luncheon and ceremony was hosted by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Center for the Advancement of Wellness. Oklahoma State Governor Mary Fallin along with Dr. Terry Cline, Secretary of Health and Human Services and Commissioner of Health, Oklahoma State Department of Health were present to provide encouraging messages regarding Oklahoma’s health.
This state program was created in 2003 to recognize Oklahoma businesses that promote health and wellness for their employees. Promotion of health and wellness can be done in a variety of ways, including passing policies that encourage healthy lifestyles and making facilities available for physical activities. There are 3 levels in which businesses are certified: Basic, Merit and Excellence.