Oklahoma Certified Healthy Business
Purpose of Oklahoma Certified Healthy Business
The Oklahoma Certified Healthy Business program started in 2003 by the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, the Oklahoma Turning Point Council, the State Chamber, and the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The Oklahoma Certified Healthy Business status recognizes businesses that are working to improve employee health by providing wellness opportunities and implementing policies that lead to healthier lifestyles. Businesses that promote health and wellness see a return on investment with decreased insurance premiums, fewer sick days taken, increased productivity and better morale among staff. Oklahoma businesses that advocate for health are recognized as leaders in the community! We’re glad you are taking this opportunity to become a 2012 Certified Healthy Business!
Reasons to Apply to be a Certified Healthy Business
- Makes wellness in the workplace a priority
- Makes a positive contribution to employee health
- Better health leads to better business
- Marketing tool for your business
- Customer recognition
Businesses of all sizes are encouraged to apply to become an Oklahoma Certified Healthy Business. Whether your business employs one or more than 1,000, we hope you will apply.
Please note that the 2012 business application information now includes Governmental Agencies and School Administrative offices. The Certified Healthy Business designation has always been open to governmental agencies, but this year those agencies will be identified on the application itself.
Higher educational institutions including Career Technology Centers now have the opportunity to apply to become a Certified Healthy Campus and, Administrative offices of those institutions may apply to become a Certified Healthy Business. It would not be unusual for a single entity to be certified as a healthy business and a healthy campus.
If a city administrative office within a municipality wishes to become a Certified Healthy Business, the city office may apply as one single entity. You also have the opportunity as a local municipality to complete an application to become a Certified Healthy Community.
Businesses will be Certified in the Following Categories Based on Size and Type of Business:
- Small Business 1-25 employees
- Medium Business 26-100 employees
- Medium-Large Business 101-500 employees
- Large Business 501-999 employees
- Corporate Business 1000+ employees
Applications are due November 1, 2012. Certification will be announced in December and awards ceremony will take place on February 28, 2013. Each application will be reviewed by the Oklahoma Certified Healthy Business staff. The applications will be scored based on a total number of points awarded in each of eight criteria categories. Based on total number of points, businesses will be awarded a basic, merit or excellence certification. To obtain excellence businesses must have in effect a 100% tobacco free workplace policy that applies to the entire property under their control; both indoors and outdoors.
Tips for Completing Application
- Print a copy of the criteria first for review
- Do not start the application process until you are ready to complete (you will not be able to save)
- Criteria must be met at the time of submission
To review and print the 2012 criteria click here
We are excited that you have an interest in becoming a Certified Healthy Business. The application process for 2012 will begin August 1 and close November 1. The web-based application is no longer available for 2012, but you can start getting ready for 2013!
If you have questions or need more information please contact Victoria Gaddis at 405-271-9444 ext. 56433.
Resources for Oklahoma Businesses
American Diabetes Association
American Heart Association,
American Lung Association
Concentra: Comprehensive Wellness Programs
Eikon, Inc. Corporate Wellness Solutions
Health Navigators: Ethical Options & Solutions to Businesses
Integris Baptist Corporate Assistance Program
WELCOA (Wellness Council of America)
Oklahoma State Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services http://www.odmhsas.org
State of Oklahoma Disability Rehabilitation Services Social Security Disability Determination Division http://www.okrehab.org
Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline
Central Oklahoma Turning Point/Oklahoma City-County Health Department Health at Work Coalition
Center for the Advancement of Wellness/Oklahoma State Department of Health/Make It Your Business training