Walk for Wellness Promotes Healthy Habits in Fun Atmosphere

In an effort to promote health and wellness, the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic held its 16th annual Walk for Wellness and health fair May 14.
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In an effort to promote health and wellness, Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC), a nonprofit that provides services to American Indians in central Oklahoma, held its 16th annual Walk for Wellness May 14 at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park in Midwest City.

The event was free, and participants received information from a variety of vendors including Oklahoma University’s Children's Diabetes Center, Oklahoma City-County Health Department, Oklahoma Caring Foundation, Chickasaw Nation Child Welfare Services, Family Expectations, The Chickasaw Nation, Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs, First Serve OKC, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, Oklahoma County TSET Healthy Living, Parent Promise, Parent Pro, Infant Crisis Services, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control, Metropolitan Library, Dynasty Care Services, Community Services, Southern Plains Tribal Health Board, Talking Leaves Job Corps, and Oklahoma Department of Child Services.

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A variety of vendors provided a wealth of health information.

OKCIC provides a wide range of outpatient services to more than 20,000 Natives in the Oklahoma City area every year, and focuses on improving the lives of their patients and the general public. American Indians are at a higher risk for health issues such as childhood obesity and diabetes, and are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes compared with other ethnic groups, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

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The Oklahoma City Indian Clinic held its 16th Annual Walk for Wellness May 14.

“This walk and health fair encourages people to think about developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle,” Robyn Sunday-Allen, CEO of OKCIC, said in a press release. “These are the first steps to changing the health risk that affects American Indians, like diabetes.”

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The 16th Annual Walk for Wellness was an all-ages event.