411 on 5320. Oklahoma health advocates kicked off a statewide effort to improve the health of the citizens of the state today with a new campaign called Shape Your Future. The campaign was unveiled in Oklahoma City at a launch that was the culmination of the mysterious "5320" campaign that has appeared throughout Oklahoma the last several weeks.
Gov. Mary Fallin, with the help of State Health Commissioner Dr. Terry Cline and other notable state leaders, discussed the need for bold action to improve Oklahoma's poor health statistics. Oklahoma currently ranks 46th among all states in major health status categories.
"We wanted to bring attention to the number '5,320' first. It's a real number of mothers, fathers, daughters and sons who would still be living if we paid more attention to health in Oklahoma," said Tracey Strader, executive director of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust.
The second step of the campaign, Shape Our Future, focuses on enacting policies to improve community, business and school health such as OHIP's current policy recommendations that include:
• Restoring the rights of local communities to pass tobacco use prevention policies that are stronger than state law
• Assuring health education is taught in all state public schools in sixth, seventh or eighth grade
• Prohibiting the use of a hand-held electronic device while driving for all drivers under 18 years of age
The third step of the campaign highlights strategies to improve health outcomes for Oklahoma's children, including recommendations from OHIP's new Oklahoma Children's Health Plan.
Campaign details can be found at ShapeYourFutureOK.com.
Crash the Party. ROCKLAHOMA returns May 27-29 to kick off summer with the nation's biggest Memorial Day Weekend party at "Catch the Fever" Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK. 2011 marks the 5th Anniversary of the three-day camp & rock festival that will feature a mix of the best classic bands and today's top active rock artists.
The initial ROCKLAHOMA lineup includes: Mötley Crüe; Staind; Whitesnake; Seether; Papa Roach and many other bands. Fans can save by buying early as ticket prices will increase in the coming weeks. Camping tickets may be purchased by calling the ROCKLAHOMA Camping Office at 866-310-2288, where fans can choose their exact campsite.
For more information, visit www.rocklahoma.com.
Diversity Celebrated. The Multicultural International Student Association (MISA) and Student Life department at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, 1801 E. 4th St., Okmulgee, are hosting "International Extravaganza 2011" on Thursday, Feb. 24 from 11am-1:30pm at the Reynolds Technology Center on campus. OSUIT students, faculty and staff and the community are invited to attend.
The event features musical performances from OSUIT students from around the world, as well as local performers. There will also be dance performances, photo displays and artifacts from many countries worldwide. Free food samples from a variety of countries will also be offered.
MISA has been organizing several programs to introduce and promote cultures from different parts of the world to campus students and members of the community. Club members belong to different cultures from around the world. OSUIT international students will show the uniqueness of their cultures through performance and display of cultural artifacts.
For more information, contact Randall Beckloff, International Programs Coordinator in the Office of International Affairs, OSUIT, at 918-293-4998.
Summer Sawin'. It is not too early to be thinking about summer camp and applications are being accepted for one of Oklahoma's premier summer camps.
The 55th Annual Oklahoma Youth Forestry & Wildlife Camp is accepting online applications for campers aged 13 to 15 years old that want to have fun in the outdoors learning about forestry, wildlife and natural resources. The weeklong camp will be held June 6-11 in beautiful Beavers Bend State Park near Broken Bow, and is open to boys and girls from across the state.
Adult leaders and camp counselors are also urged to apply. Camp counselors, age 18 to 22, should be mature, responsible young adults with an interest in education or outdoor careers such as forestry or wildlife. In addition to working with the younger campers and gaining valuable experience in their field, camp counselors will receive a stipend of $200 for the week. Volunteer adult leaders are also eligible to bring one camper for no charge.
Applications will be accepted until April 29, and are available at forestry.ok.gov or by calling 405-522-6158.
Conducting Perfection. Tulsa Symphony Orchestra will present the Patti Johnson Wilson Concert, Poetry, Prowess and Personal Passion, featuring music of Liszt, Prokofiev and Brahms.
The concert will be held on Saturday, March 12 at 7:30pm, in Chapman Music Hall of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. 2nd St. Critically acclaimed conductor Gisele Ben-Dor makes her Tulsa debut in a program consisting of Liszt's tone poem Les Preludes and Brahms' Symphony No. 3. Michael Noble, winner of the 2009 Crescendo Music Awards competition, will be the soloist in Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 1.
Les Preludes is perhaps the best known of Liszt's tone poems. The composer explained its meaning by saying: "What is our life but a series of preludes to that unknown chant, the first solemn note of which is sounded by death?"
Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 10 requires powerful technique, dazzling speed and unusual strength, which propelled the composer into the limelight as one of the premier performers and composers of his time.
Symphony No. 3 was Brahms' present to Clara Schumann on her 64th birthday. Brahms had adored Clara from the moment he met her, although the two were reportedly never romantically involved.
Amongst her list of past successes, Ms. Ben-Dor has led the New York Philharmonic, London Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and many orchestras around the world.
For more information, visit tulsasymphony.org.
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