Improving Oklahoma's health

Monday, January 12th 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- Members of the medical community are working to improve the health of Oklahomans.

A 2002 report ranks Oklahoma's health 46th in the nation.

Doctor WH Oehlert says Oklahomans should exercise and eat better in 2004 to improve their health. He says the excuse that it costs money to exercise or eat healthy is false.

Quitting smoking is also something Oklahomans should try to do.

Tobacco and obesity are leading causes of preventable deaths. More than 60% of Oklahomans and 15% of children are overweight.

Medical professionals are also working on ways to improve the health of the state's children.

The state Health Department and Oklahoma Academy of Pediatrics has issued resolutions to help improve kids' health, including more activity, and a better diet.