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July 21, 2011

Cowboys Get Healthy, Get Fit promotes healthy weight for children and teens

Several Cowboys Get Healthy, Get Fit program participants from OSU Physicians Family Health and Nutrition Clinic hit the trail for better health July 4 as they walked or walked/ran in the Fleet Feet Firecracker 5K Run.

The free program, funded by a Tulsa Area United Way grant, helps children and teens achieve a healthy weight and make lifestyle changes.

The clinic’s program staff includes pediatrician Colony Fugate, D.O., psychologist Teri Bourdeau, Ph.D., registered and licensed dietitian Sara Malone, M.S., and certified health education specialist Kerry Morgan, M.S.

Malone said the run was a highlight for the program, which partners with YMCA of Greater Tulsa and OSU Cooperative Extension. “The focus of our physical activity component was to involve families in exercise, so family walks were part of our physical activity sessions,” Malone said. 

Participants walked in downtown Tulsa for 30-minute sessions, received a 5-kilometer training program and walked in their neighborhood or used treadmills at the YMCA to build endurance. The 10-week program helped increased self-efficacy, provided positive role modeling by parents and improved aerobic fitness levels, Malone said. One mother and daughter duo trained for an hour three to four times a week. “They came from no activity to walking a 5K,” she added.

Fleet Feet Sports Tulsa provided free race entries and backpacks and donated a pair of shoes to a program participant who excelled in the commitment to better health.  The YMCA donated three-monthmemberships to all families who completed the program.

Fugate said the OSU clinic is the only multidisciplinary, comprehensive stage 3 pediatric obesity program in Oklahoma.  It is available to children from age 2 to 18 years. For more information call (918) 382-3100.

Mark your calendar
Aug. 5-11 – MSI required orientation
Aug. 7 – White Coat Ceremony
Aug. 12 – MSII required orientation
Aug. 15 – First day of class
Aug. 31 – Sam’s Club 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Special membership offers for students, faculty and staff.  


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