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46 from county achieve Certified Healthy status for this year

Comanche County has announced that 46 local entities have been awarded Certified Healthy status for 2016.

Certified Healthy Oklahoma is a free statewide certification that recognizes entities going above and beyond to make health and wellness a priority for all. The program is open to businesses, campuses, communities, congregations, early childhood programs, restaurants, and schools.

"These certifications provide opportunities for Comanche County to create environments that support health policies and individual health decisions that ultimately will improve Oklahoma's health outcomes," said Ashley Green, wellness coordinator with the Comanche County Health Department.

Certifications are awarded at the Basic, Merit and Excellence levels, depending upon the number of criteria fulfilled. Organizations are scored according to size, and each criterion selected is worth a predetermined number of points, according to Green. Each category has a different criteria and point structure.

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