Health and wellness are powerfully influenced by where we live. Community access to safe places to play and exercise, nutritious food and other wellness resources directly impacts life expectancy and incidence of chronic disease among our citizens. Through our Wellness Initiative, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is working with community partners to implement sustainable changes to improve these factors and make healthy living easier and more accessible in central Oklahoma.
Central Oklahoma Wellness Alliance
A network of organizations that are invested in community health, the Central Oklahoma Wellness Alliance collaborates to make healthy lifestyle choices easier and more accessible. Learn more.
Residents in central Oklahoma can find simple, affordable ways to get moving at GetMovingOKC.org. This free, mobile-friendly website features a calendar of local events and activities, public trails and parks, sports and recreational groups and wellness and nutrition resources. Learn more.
The OK5210 healthy living message was brought to central Oklahoma by the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma City Community Foundation Wellness Initiative.
You can get moving toward a healthy lifestyle with these simple steps each day:
5 or more fruits and vegetables
2 hours or less of screen time
1 hour or more of physical activity
0 sugary beverages
Learn more at OK5210.org.
Wellness Initiative Grants
The Oklahoma City Community Foundation is currently assessing its approach to wellness and community health, and will not be making new grants in this category until this assessment is complete. Please check back here for additional information in the coming months.► Recent Grants
Healthy Schools Oklahoma – $20,000 to expand their early childhood SPARK program that provides sports, play and active recreation to pre-kindergarten students in 20 Oklahoma City metro-area elementary schools.
Infant Crisis Services – $12,500 for the Nutrition Education for Healthy Beginnings, Healthy Lifetimes – a monthly nutrition class for low-income parents and their children.
INTEGRIS Foundation – $40,000 to expand the INTEGRIS Community Wellness Fit Club to offer additional free fitness classes for senior adults at Crossings Community Center.
Latino Community Development Agency – $15,000 for a family health and wellness program for Latino youth and adults at risk for lifestyle-related diseases.
Metro Technology Centers – $10,000 to provide free MetroFit youth fitness and nutrition classes at Metro Tech Northeast Campus.
Metropolitan Better Living Center – $10,000 for health and wellness classes for seniors and caregivers in the northeast quadrant of Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma City Bicycle Society – $17,170 for a bike skills and safety training program for central Oklahoma residents.
OKC Metro Alliance – $12,000 to support an exercise program for participants in the Firstep Recovery Program for Women.
Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) of Oklahoma County – $14,000 for the Heads Over Meals Project, a health and wellness class for low-literacy adult learners and those who work with them.
Rainbow Fleet – $10,000 for continuation of the Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds program that offers wellness training and resources for child care providers.
Rainbow Fleet – $22,000 to continue training for child care professionals to integrate health and wellness activities that promote good nutrition and physical activity for children.
ReMerge of Oklahoma County – $12,000 for biometric screening to supplement the ongoing health and wellness program tailored for high-risk women participating in the ReMerge diversion program.
Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma City – $3,000 to support a wellness curriculum, Triple Play: Healthy Habits, which focuses on making choices that support healthy eating patterns and physical wellness.
Skyline Urban Ministry – $5,000 to support the construction of a community produce garden and gardening education classes.
Variety Care – $17,500 to provide wellness education and fitness opportunities to youth and families without access to such services.
YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City – $3,475 to support the LIVESTRONG program that provides free wellness and fitness activities for cancer survivors.