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Claremore Cares: Rogers County Health Department program receives national recognition

The Rogers County Health Department was recently honored with the 2020 Model Practice Award by the National Association of County and City Health Officials. 

The award recognized Rogers County Fitness (RoCo Fit), which is a free, 12-week fitness program with a walking/running base. It takes place twice a year, and volunteer community mentors lead small groups of individuals through progressive workouts twice a week with the goal of completing a 5k (3.1 mi) mock race.

RoCo Fit was one of 21 local health department programs across the nation to receive NACCHO’s prestigious Model Practice Award.

The program has been replicated in other communities and will be used as an example for a statewide OK Fit program in the future. 

“It is an honor for RoCo Fit and the Rogers County Health Department to be recognized at the national level for the work that has been done in promoting better health outcomes for our community,” says Renetta Harrison, coordinator for RoCo Fit. “Being recognized as a Model Practice from NACCHO will allow for the increased interest of local/community participation and sponsorship for RoCo Fit in the future. In addition, recognition provides an example for other county health departments across the state and the nation to follow with their health improvement efforts.”

Harrison, a health educator for the health department, says that during its 10-year run, the program has enrolled more than 2,300 people 

“Over the past 10 years, this program has provided a way for citizens from different walks of life within the community to become healthier individuals with no cost to the participants,” Harrison says. “The program continues to evolve and has shown great improvements in overall community health.”

To learn more, visit the website, rocofit.org or the Facebook page RoCoFitOK.