Here is another reason to be excited about coming to Altus and staying at our Altus crash pad!
For the second year in a row, the City of Altus won the Oklahoma Certified Healthy Community and Business award.
The award recognizes Oklahoma communities for their outstanding efforts and achievements in actively creating communities that are a healthy place to live, work, learn, and play.
This year, the City of Altus earned the Merit level of certification in both business and community categories.
Assistant City Manager Matt Wojnowski said, “We hope this achievement will not only encourage us to be more aware of our overall health, but also to take steps to improve our own health and motivate others to be healthy.”
While the City of Altus has won two years in a row, several community schools and businesses have also been winners.
In 2017, Altus Christian Academy, Altus Early Childhood Center, Altus Elementary School, Altus Intermediate School, Altus Junior High School, Altus High School, Altus Primary School, L. Mendel Rivers Elementary, Navajo Elementary, Navajo Junior High, Navajo High School, and Olustee-Eldorado Elementary and High Schools have all won Healthy Community Awards.
In 2016, 2015 and 2014, the Altus Air Force Base 97th Medical Group won the Healthy Certified Business award.
The Certified Healthy Oklahoma Program began in 2003 as a collaborative initiative with four founding partners – the Oklahoma Turning Point Council, the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, the Oklahoma State Chamber, and the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
In 2010, Governor Fallin signed into law the “Oklahoma Certified Healthy Communities Act”, which establishes a voluntary certification program for communities that promote wellness, encourage the adoption of healthy behaviors, and establish safe and supportive environments.
The City of Altus will be honored for the achievements at a Certified Healthy Oklahoma Event in March 2019.