Oklahoma Certified Healthy Business
Purpose of Oklahoma Certified Healthy Business
We are excited that you have an interest in becoming a Certified Healthy Business. The application process for 2013 will begin August 1 and close November 1.
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 health costs, 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 2013 Certified Healthy Business!
Benefits of Becoming a Certified Healthy Business
- Makes wellness in the workplace a priority
- Proves you’ve made a positive contribution to employee health
- Provides a marketing tool for your business
- Gains customer recognition
Tips for Completing Application
- Print a copy of the criteria first for your review.
- Do not start the online application process until you are ready to complete and submit (you will not be able to save the application).
- Before submitting the application, be sure to print a copy for your records.
- Submitted applications are final.
To review and print the 2013 criteria click here.
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 2013 business application includes Governmental Agencies and School District Administrative offices.
Higher educational institutions including Career Technology Centers also 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.
Restaurants interested in becoming “certified” are encouraged to apply as a Certified Healthy Restaurant. To review the 2013 restaurant criteria click here.
Businesses will be Certified in the Following Categories Based on Size:
- 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
Applicants select activities that are currently offered by their business in each of nine criteria categories: (1) Screening and Evaluation; (2) Health Education and Information; (3) Physical Activity; (4) Tobacco Use Prevention; (5) Nutrition; (6) Management Support; (7)Leadership;
(8) Behavioral Health and, (9) Emotional Well-being.
Applicants do not compete with other businesses within their size grouping. Certification is based on the size of the business and the percentage of criteria obtained in the total.
Based on the total percent obtained on the application, 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.
Applications were due on November 1, 2013. Certifications will be announced in December and the annual awards and recognition ceremony is scheduled for February 13, 2014.
If you have questions or need more information please contact Kathy Payne 405-271-9444 ext. 56507.
Resources for Oklahoma Businesses
American Diabetes Association
American Heart Association
American Lung Association
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma
Central Oklahoma Turning Point/Oklahoma City-County Health Department Health at Work Coalition
Concentra: Comprehensive Wellness Programs
Eikon, Inc. Corporate Wellness Solutions
Health Navigators: Ethical Options & Solutions to Businesses
Healthy Babies Healthy Business
Health Care Service Corporation/ Healthy living tips from Blue Cross & Blue Shield
Integris Baptist Corporate Assistance Program
Oklahoma State Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Suicide Prevention
Oklahoma State Department of Health/Center for Advancement of Wellness/Make It Your Business training
Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline
WELCOA (Wellness Council of America)