A successful, community based health program for Oklahoma elementary schools

The Schools for Healthy Lifestyles (SHL) program, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, was developed in 1997 by the following partners and major sponsors.

Danny Cahill, Diana Irick and Dr. Mike Crutcher at the SHL Annual Awards Reception. Diana Irick, Jefferson (Tulsa Union), received the Beth Ramos Overall School of the Year award for 2013.
  • Oklahoma County Medical Society
  • Oklahoma State Department of Education
  • Oklahoma State Department of Health
  • Oklahoma City – County Health Department
  • Oklahoma City Public Schools

Without the generous help of these and many other donors and community partners, the program would not be possible.

5 key areas address in this program:

  • Promoting physical activity and fitness
  • Nutrition education and awareness
  • Tobacco use prevention
  • Safety and injury prevention
  • Oral Health Education

Students at Indian Meridian enjoy their Physical Education class.








Benefits to Schools:

  • Public recognition, certificate, and school banners
  • Grant funding
  • Link to community resources and presenters
  • Intense training at the Summer Health Institute
  • Adopt-A-Doc and Adopt-A-Dentist Partnership
  • Ongoing technical assistance and support
  • Educational ideas and materials
  • Assessment materials and Fitnessgram Kit
  • Health and physical education curricula


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Mission Statement

To promote and maintain healthy lifestyle choices in Oklahoma through preventive, community-based school health education programs for students, their families, and faculty.


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