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Wondering How You Can Stay Active During COVID? Check Out the Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s Wellness Initiative, KeepMovingOKC.org!

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Already considered one of the least healthy states in the nation, according to the United Health Foundation’s list of America’s Health Rankings, Oklahoma recently dropped to the 47th healthiest state. Additionally, early on during the Covid-19 lockdown, many people chose to stay in opting to ignore physical activity. However, that has changed and with nicer weather, we are now seeing more and more people outside and getting more exercise by walking, running or biking in many of our local or neighborhood parks and trails.

Fortunately, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s Wellness Initiative is working to combat the low health statistic in Oklahoma. Last spring, the Community Foundation reimagined portions of the initiative and launched KeepMovingOKC.org, an interactive events calendar that offers resources and other information to help you stay active and enhance your overall health and well-being.

“The Community Foundation has championed this initiative for several years,” said vice president, director of community engagement Kelley Barnes. “But, with the help of Talita DeNegri, who chairs our Wellness Committee, we developed a strategy to strengthen our initiative and felt the rebrand was perfectly timed. We are excited to work with our community to identify partners who offer physical activity events for a cross section of our population”.

KeepMovingOKC.org is a website for individuals and families interested in making healthy lifestyle choices by connecting them with free or low-cost physical fitness opportunities. In addition, you can discover fun and engaging ways to explore the metro. Whether it’s walking, running, biking or so much more, there are endless possibilities to keep moving.

As the KeepMovingOKC manager, Kristi Birk-Steinberg has hit the ground running, reaching out to organizations throughout the metro to help promote their physical activity events and grow the website.

“I love the idea of people feeling better about themselves by living healthier lifestyles – and it all starts with physical activity,” Kristi said. “We are encouraging people to get outside and move while there is still plenty of good weather.”

With fall on the horizon, there are many opportunities to keep moving, and KeepMovingOKC.org is a perfect place to discover what the city has to offer.

If you would like more information on how to share your event on KeepMovingOKC.org, contact Kristi Birk-Steinberg at (405) 606-2952.

Learn how you can Make a Greater Impact in our Community Through Better Charitable Giving When you Tune in to the Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s NEW Podcast Today!

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The Oklahoma City Community Foundation is thrilled to announce an exciting new way we’re helping our community make a greater impact through better charitable giving decisions!

Our first-ever podcast, Creating Impact Through Giving, launched in early July and shares stories and conversations that highlight not only the passions behind charitable gifts, but also the tools and techniques that were used to make a significant difference for the donor’s favorite nonprofit or charitable cause as well as their taxes.

Why a podcast?

Podcasts are a great alternative to video and are made for easy listening. You can easily listen to Creating Impact Through Giving while driving in the car or while you’re doing mindless chores. You can listen directly through our website or stay notified when each new episode is released by subscribing through your favorite podcast platform, like Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Stitcher.

Check out our list of recently posted and upcoming podcasts below:

Episode 1: Discovering Your Charitable Passions
Release Date: July 13, 2020
In this introductory episode, we sat down with a few very important people at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation to discuss the history of the Foundation and the variety of ways we help our people in our community make a charitable impact.

Episode 2: The Gift of Education
Release Date: July 28, 2020
We recently wrapped up another successful (and unprecedented) scholarship season, awarding $2.5 million to nearly 800 students throughout the state of Oklahoma. We thought this was the perfect opportunity to chat with one of the donors that made these scholarships possible, discussing the ins and outs of how and why her family chose to establish a scholarship through the Community Foundation. We also had a few guest appearances by former Community Foundation scholarship recipients who shared how the gift of education impacted the trajectory of their lives.

Episode 3: Keep Your Distance but Keep Moving
Release Date: August 18, 2020
An important goal of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is to activate change in areas that need it most. Through the creation and launch of KeepMovingOKC.org, we’re helping make healthier lifestyle choices easier and more accessible. In this episode, we will discuss the launch of the free KeepMovingOKC.org website, why it’s an important tool for the community, why exercise is good for everyone and how we’re collaborating with other community organizations to improve health statistics in central Oklahoma.

Episode 4: Strengthening our Local Nonprofits
Release Date: September 8, 2020
Did you know that, even with the financial insecurity caused by a global pandemic, our annual Charitable Organization Endowment distributions awarded to local nonprofits have not been affected. This reinforces just how dependable endowment fund distributions can be in critical times. In this episode, we’ll discuss the real value of endowment funds, how and why our community can support the endowment funds of local nonprofits (hint: it can be more than just a cash gift) and how the new and improved GiveSmartOKC.org tool can help donors make a better giving decision.

What are you waiting for? Tune in to Creating Impact Through Giving today to learn how YOU can make a real difference in our community!